Free Presbyterian leader challenges Moderator over service with Pope
The Free Presbyterian Moderator told Sunday Sequence today: " I was going to say it shocks me, but I suppose it doesn't. I think it is very sad that he would go to such a thing. The Pope claims that the Presbyterian Church in Ireland is a false church. He claims that we should recognise him as the head of all Christians. And surely the Westminster Confession that Mr Hamilton signed is totally opposed to the teachings of Rome. Both can't be right: either Romanism is right or the New Testament is right. And I'm sure a lot of Irish Presbyterians will be shocked that they are represented at a meeting with the Pope."
The Presbyterian Church's General Secretary and Clerk of the General Assembly Dr Donald Watts will also represent the denomination at a state reception in Edinburgh.
The founder of the Free Presbyterian Church, the Rev Ian Paisley, will participate in a protest service in Scotland later week.