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Make anti-Catholicism as unacceptable as drink driving, says Peter Kearney

ANTI-sectarian efforts in Scotland have failed to cut bigotry because they have shied away from challenging anti-Catholicism head on, church leaders have claimed. Senior representatives within the Catholic Church say that the state's efforts to rid the country of the stain of religious bigotry have too often descended into "platitudes" because they have not focused specifically on anti-Catholic feelings.

They are now calling on politicians and the police to counter anti-Catholic sentiment in a similar way to "drink-drive" campaigns, in order to bring the issue to the surface.

In an article for the Scottish Catholic Observer, church spokesman Peter Kearney declared: "Over the last ten years significant amounts of public money have been given to organisations offering anti-sectarianism training and information. Most, if not all, Scottish schoolchildren have been given talks, workshops and leaflets on the subject. Using the measurable criteria we have, there is no indication to date that the problem has diminished."

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