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Spanish Church leaders seek unity as Catalonia considers independence

A Spanish cardinal defended his country’s unity as a “moral good” and condemned “sedition and fraud” by secessionists, as politicians in Catalonia prepared to debate independence at a regional parliamentary session today, on 10th October.

“Many of us feel intense pain, as if a dagger had been thrust into our guts,” said Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera of Valencia. “What has happened is very serious – an act of sedition, fraud and betrayal, a coup against the rule of law and a violation of the nation’s constitutional order and the coexistence in freedom of all Spaniards.”

The cardinal’s comments appeared in a newsletter circulated from 7th to 8th October, as hundreds of thousands of Spaniards in Madrid, Barcelona and other cities rallied against Catalan independence.

He said Spanish Christians should follow the Gospel’s “calls not for fragmentation and division, but for unity and integration,” and resist a “reprehensible act contrary to truth,” which would “inflict wounds and cause confrontation between families, friends and neighbours.”

Picture: People wave Spanish flags during an 8th October demonstration organised by the Catalan Civil Society organisation in Barcelona, Spain. (CNS photo/Eric Gaillard, Reuters).