Cardinal advocates break-up of United Kingdom
Once again the leader of Scotland’s Catholics has transgressed his brief (or is he fulfilling it?) by supporting the secession of Scotland from the United Kingdom. His Grace’s assertion that political objectives may constitute religious agendas got him banned from the EU Referendum blog. Dr Richard North was having none of it, so a permanent ban was duly meted out ( - the first time since that fateful day that His Grace has had his freedom restricted). It seems that elephants in rooms are sometimes invisible even to those who presume to be experts at spotting the variety.
Cardinal O’Brien referred to the visit of Pope John Paul II and to his kissing the ground on his arrival at Edinburgh airport. It was intended to remind ‘the world that Scotland is a nation among nations’, and this is consistent with his reference to declarations by previous popes in support of Scottish nationhood in the Middle Ages. He conveniently neglects the events of the 16th century when Scotland rejected the Papacy, and subsequent centuries of vigorous Protestant witness. But the Cardinal is pursuing the old Roman strategy of ‘divide and rule’. The Europe of Regions strategy is the same principle - the one by which the Holy Roman Empire divided countries into small dukedoms, principalities and kingdoms, ensuring that no civil ruler was strong enough to challenge the Pope or Emperor. The fragmentation of the United Kingdom is of course to weaken it, and it is no coincidence that the opposition to the Act of Settlement is simultaneously being organised within the Scottish Parliament, where the strategy will always be to raise an issue outside of the Edinburgh remit, in order to provoke Westminster to appeasement.
Cardinal O’Brien has repeatedly pressed the issue of the unacceptability of the ‘anti-Catholic’ provisions of the Act of Settlement, but realises that this is an area of UK competence. For him, the only solution is Scottish separation, and he therefore speaks enthusiastically of ‘the benefits independence can bring’, which will be fulfilled ‘before too long’. The Governor of the Bank of England and the Conservative Party have warned that such a development would be a backward step, and would massively impoverish the Scottish people. It is, however, no surprise that the Leader of the SNP, Alex Salmond, has described the Cardinal as ‘a man of vision and stature’. His vision, however, is for the terminal undermining of the United Kingdom, and his stature is the self-obsessed one that St Andrews and Edinburgh should be equal with Westminster, for they are Rome’s cardinals in the United Kingdom, and this stubbornly Protestant nation must be adapted to conform to their pastoral principalities.