Pope Enters Scottish Independence Debate and Warns Against Division

Pope Enters Scottish Independence Debate and Warns Against Division

THE GUARDIAN – A papal warning about the consequences of national division has been interpreted as a guarded intervention in the debate on Scottish independence.

Speaking about Spain’s conflict with Catalonia in an interview with Barcelona-based La Vanguardia newspaper, Pope Francis said: “All division worries me.”

Referring to independence movements in the Americas and the former Yugoslavia, and making a careful distinction between independence for emancipation and independence for secession, he went on: “You have to study each case individually.

Scotland, La Padania [northern Italy], Catalonia. There will be cases that are just and others that are unjust, but the secession of a nation without a history of forced unity has to be handled with tweezers and analysed case by case.”

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