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The Pope Supports Scottish Independence


The headlines may shout out that the Pope is opposed to independence. However the media have shown themselves less than honest in the reporting of matters relating to independence, e

ven the Scotsman has questioned the BBC’s integrity, ironically the BBC’s decision to allow its studios to be used for making the Better Together advertisement is defensible although in very poor judgement, but it will merely fuel the fires stoked by its unbalanced political coverage of last. Of more concern are the misleading claims that the Pope has opposed Scottish independence “POPE: MY FEARS FOR A DIVIDED BRITAIN” as the Daily Mail puts it. However what the Pope said was, “There is independence by emancipation and independence by secession.

“The independences by emancipation, for example, are American, that they were emancipated from the European states.
“The independences of nations by secession is a dismemberment, sometimes it’s very obvious.

“Let’s think of the former Yugoslavia. Obviously, there are nations with cultures so different that couldn’t even be stuck together with glue.

“The Yugoslavian case is very clear, but I ask myself if it is so clear in other cases – Scotland, Padania, Catalunya.” 

He added: “There will be cases that will be just and cases that will not be just, but the secession of a nation without an antecedent of mandatory unity, one has to take it with a lot of grains of salt and analyse it case by case.” The Pope also said, “Scotland’s national status has always been recognised by the Catholic Church,” he stated. “Indeed, Scotland has been a filia specialis, or favourite daughter, of the Papacy.”

Scottish independence is in fact what the Pope describes as an independence by emancipation because there was a mandatory unity. Union was imposed on the Scottish people against their will as Daniel Defoe observed, during the riots against union, “for every Scot in favour there is 99 against”. Scotland fought two wars of independence in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries to prevent annexation by England, after the Act of Union the Scots rose in rebellion three times in 1715, 1719 and 1745. The United Kingdom has never been one country, but has always been a union of four distinct nations; England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales a union compelled by the English Parliament and opposed by the ordinary people of the other nations. The union was made for the benefit of England and continues for the benefit of England. Much of Ireland has broken free from this enforced union largely by force of arms, Scotland is seeking to withdraw peacefully if possible, but the scars of the earlier armed struggles remain fresh. When we interpret the Pope’s words in the light of history, we can only assume he is in fact in support of Scottish independence.

Scotland has always been a separate nation, and throughout the three hundred hundred years of enforced union there has always been a movement to restore Scottish sovereignty, independence is not the dismemberment of a nation, but the liberation of a nation from unwilling bondage.


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