In the shadow of a General Election, the relationship between the Catholic church in Scotland and the Labour Party is being stretched to breaking point over abortion.
The church hierarchy stands accused of threatening to turn the Catholic vote away from Labour unless they become more anti-abortion.
And Cardinal Thomas Winning, Archbishop of Glasgow, claimed Labour MPs are being pressured into supporting party policy instead of voting with their conscience.
The church has NOT decreed that Scot-land's 750,000-strong Catholic community should vote against Labour on the single issue of abortion.
But many Catholic families now have divided loyalties.
The question they face is: Should we vote for party or church?
Today, the Daily Record gives both sides their say.
Young Catholic couple who will follow Cardinal Winning's lead
John Deighan and his wife Angela, who have always voted Labour, describe themselves as `natural' Labour voters.
But the East Kilbride couple will not be voting Labour at the next election.
They agree with Cardinal Winning's sentiments that some moral issues are so vital that they transcend party politics ... and their candidate, Adam Ingram, does not share their anti-abortion views.
John, 30, a lecturer at Motherwell College, says: "Along with many other Catholics in Scotland, we are disenfranchised.
"But as practising Catholics, we don't feel we can vote for any party that is not pro-life, so we will have to abstain.
"And I know many who feel the same way."
John says many Catholics will be facing a crisis of conscience at the election, and, for many like him, it has become a single-issue election.
He adds: "There is such a strong empathy with Labour values in Scotland over issues like poverty and the NHS.
"But voting for Labour would be like voting for Hitler when he's gassing Jews, just because he had a good roads policy.
"Though, of course, it is terrible that the poor are getting poorer and the rich richer."
But John believes that social justice must still …