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Spanish Cardinal Canizares: Catalan separatists at odds with Church teaching

December 01, 2017

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CWN Editor's Note: Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera of Valencia has argued against Catalan independence, in an op-ed column published this week. The cardinal wrote that “there can be no moral legitimacy for unilateral secession.”

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  • Posted by: garedawg - Dec. 02, 2017 10:58 AM ET USA

    So does that mean that the U.S. should give itself back to the U.K.?

  • Posted by: Jim Hanink - Dec. 01, 2017 7:09 PM ET USA

    Cardinal Canizares Llovera needs to develop his argument. One might imagine a country in which a secularist majority outvoted a religious minority that itself constituted a majority in one or two provinces within the country. The secularist majority might very well support anti-life positions, e.g., abortion, euthanasia, the stockpiling of nuclear weapons. Does the sovereignty of the country preclude secession? It would seem not. Note: the example clearly does not bear on Catalonia.