Scotland’s most powerful Catholic Cardinal Keith O’Brien will today (Mon, 10 October) launch a scathing attack on Scotland’s lawmakers, claiming that MSPs are “intent on enacting unjust and immoral laws.” To a gathering of Catholic lawyers, judges and prosecutors, O’Brien will claim that lawmakers see marriage and the traditional family as “outmoded Christian dogma.” During his annual Red Mass later today he will say that while laws should not be based on religion, they should still be based on universal moral standards. Speaking of law makers in Edinburgh later today he will say: “We are now faced with legislators intent on enacting unjust and immoral laws which do not stem from any natural or rational basis. It is all too easy to think of laws and proposed law of our own Scottish Parliament on marriage, the family and the adoption of children which come into this depressing category.” In the past Cardinal O’Brien has criticised the Scottish Executive. In February, O’Brien over-shadowed an Executive summit on tackling bigotry by describing the Act of Settlement, banning Catholics from sitting on the throne, as hurtful and demanded the Executive lobby for its repeal. In March he also said that society had lost sight of the sacred nature of human life and in his Easter Sunday homily he called for the promotion of pro-life issues and called a parliamentary report on embryo research a development that would lead to even more destruction of human life.