Monday, 7 January 2008

Libera Eklezio de Skotlando The Scotsman:

Scotland’s oldest living language has suffered a serious blow in its last remaining heartland.

The Gaelic-speaking Wee Frees have plans to scrap communion services in the language in the Western Isles.

A committee of
Free Kirk leaders wants to ditch the local language services, which are the focal point of island church life, and replace them with English, so that congregations will not be split during the Sacrament.

They have blamed the lack of preachers fluent in the language, as well as the changing face of Hebridean society, which has seen a decline in the number of Gaelic speakers.

But the move has been attacked by language supporters, who have accused the church of ignoring loyal Gaelic churchgoers to cater for a minority of English-speaking "incomers".

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