EDINBURGH, Scotland (ChurchMilitant.com) - The consecration of Scotland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary that was made by Scottish bishops on Sunday may soon be formally recognized by Scotland's government.
A motion titled "Celebrating the Consecration of Scotland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary" was set before Parliament Thursday. It reads:
That the Parliament recognises that Scotland's Catholic bishops will consecrate the nation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on 3 September 2017; understands that the bishops will pray for Scotland at the Marian Shrine at the Carfin Grotto, near Motherwell, asking that Scotland be energized with a renewed desire to seek the truth.
The motion further recognizes the prayers of the consecrating bishops made on behalf of government leaders for the purpose of inspiring them to enact just laws:
They will also pray for all parliamentarians and government, so that they will play their part in building a true civilisation of love and strive to create a place where all people are valued, a place where poor, lonely and marginalised people are not forgotten and a place where people are free to practise their faith.
The motion, backed by seven Scottish parliamentarians, was endorsed by Bp. John Keenan of the Paisley diocese. On Friday Bp. Keenan, said, "I think this is exceptionally significant: that the Scottish Parliament has chosen to involve itself in the Consecration of Scotland to Our Lady with a formal motion of recognition." He added, "I feel this is enormously significant and providential."
Scottish bishops are calling the consecration a unique opportunity to seek Mary's intercession on behalf of Scotland's Church and her government officials. "We also pray for our elected representatives and all of those who serve Parliament and Government, that they too will benefit from this act of consecration," they explained. They prayed specifically that government leaders would foster the "right to life of the unborn" and the right of people to be "free to practice their faith."
Another highlight of this weekend in which Scottish bishops consecrated the country to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, was Cdl. Raymond Burke's visit to Scotland. He went specifically to the Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Glasgow. The former head of the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican's Supreme Court, was invited by the traditional group, Una Voce Scotland, to say a Pontifical High Mass at the parish on Saturday, the day before the historic Marian consecration.
At Mass, the well-traveled cardinal preached on the message of Fatima. He praised Mary's Immaculate Heart, saying it "never ceases to beat for us." The cardinal also noted Mary's mandate made at the wedding feast of Cana in which she urged all to "Do whatever [my Son] tells you," explaining that this expressed her "divine maternity." The ever-popular cardinal lauded Our Lady of Fatima. "How wonderfully she has shown her divine maternity to us at Fatima," said Cdl. Burke.
The torrential rains that poured down on Sunday at Carfin, where the nationwide consecration took place, did not deter the thousands of Scottish Catholics, who came to witness the momentous event. Bishop Keenan said the act of consecration surpassed his expectations. "It's a supernatural event," remarked the bishop. "The amazing thing about it is that we have the authority of the successors of the Apostles to bind on earth what the Lord will consider bound in Heaven." He noted that their intention was to bind Scotland under the patronage of Mary's Immaculate Heart.