Cardinal compares abortion to massacre

June 1, 2007 at 12:12 AM

EDINBURGH, Scotland, May 31 (UPI) -- Cardinal Keith O'Brien, head of Scotland's Roman Catholic Church, called on Catholic politicians to oppose abortion and compared the practice to a massacre.

O'Brien compared abortion to the 1996 Dunblane massacre, in a sermon marking the anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act, The London Telegraph said Thursday.

He said pro-choice politicians could not expect to remain full members of the Catholic Church, and implied that abortion is a worse tragedy than the murder of 16 children in a Scottish school, the newspaper said.

"We are killing -- in our country -- the equivalent of a classroom of kids every single day," he said. "Can you imagine that? Two Dunblane massacres a day in our country going on and on. And when's it going to stop?"

The sermon was delivered at St. Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh.

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