From BBC Scotland
Scotland's Roman Catholic leader – Cardinal Keith O'Brien – has suspended direct communication with the Scottish government on gay marriage.
The move is in protest at the Scottish government's support for the introduction of same-sex marriages.
The cardinal has turned down an invitation to discuss the issue, leaving any talks to officials.
The Scottish government said First Minister Alex Salmond and the cardinal do continue to communicate.
A spokesman revealed Mr Salmond and the cardinal spoke on Saturday morning and had an "entirely amicable conversation on first-name terms".
However, in a letter to Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the cardinal asked for any future discussions between the church and government on the issue of same-sex marriage to take place between officials.
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