Should Catholics Vote for Scottish Independence?

Should Catholics Vote for Scottish Independence?

Should Catholics Vote for Scottish Independence?

The campaigns have devised their sound-bites, booked the billboards, posed for their team photos, and printed off millions of leaflets.

Today, the marathon run up to the referendum on Scottish independence marks one year to go until voters get a chance to have their say on the biggest decision the nation has ever faced.

First Minister Alex Salmond last night described it as a “once in a generation” event.

Scottish Secretary Michael Moore went one further and described it as “once in a lifetime”. Both agreed that it was undeniably “historic”.

Click on photo to read entire Scotsman Newspaper article.

Today marks the beginning of the campaign to get our votes. So how should we vote on September 18th 2014 – should Catholics vote for Scottish independence? Are there any “Catholic” issues?

Comments (56)

  • catholicconvert1

    A notable convert to Catholicism from Episcopalian is Dr Taylor Marshall, who is a traditionalist and a much sought after public speaker. He was an Episcopalian ‘priest’. I feel sorry for Anglicans, they want to please everyone, and just can’t. Nearly 100,000 converted to Catholicism last year. I wonder why Seminary students are so low in Scotland? There are 185 (2012) for England and Wales.

    September 29, 2013 at 1:53 pm
    • gabriel syme

      Seminary numbers are so low in Scotland for the same reason as everywhere – due to the damage of Vatican II, mainly in terms of its changes in liturgy and teachings. Having all of these topics properly nailed down and properly understood is essential, if the Holy Spirit is to be able to inspire many vocations in young men.

      At a novus ordo, the altar boys are more likely to be staring at the altar girls, or laughing at the priests clowning antics, than having a serious religious experience. (I was not an altar boy, but a friend in the neighbouring parish was. He said most of them only did it for the tips from weddings etc, and when he was new the priest even gave him advice on what to do if he wanted to be “really funny” and amuse the congregation during mass.)

      In contrast the traditional groups like SSPX, FSSP etc put the various Bishops Conferences wholly to shame, when their ordination rates are compared (pro-rata for size).

      Although neither is doing great, Scotland isn’t doing significantly worse than England-Wales – the number of Scottish seminarians is about 1/6 the amount of England-Wales, which is the same approximate difference in size between the general populations of these two entities (although of course the whole population is not Catholic in either place).

      September 30, 2013 at 1:16 pm
  • catholicconvert1

    Tell me where I could view the stas for the SSPX and FSSP. I know they are over 500 Seminarians for the former, but this was years ago. I can’t wait for an SSPX SEminary to open in the UK. I’m discerning a vocation, but could never travel to Econe for 6 years.

    September 30, 2013 at 2:52 pm
    • Whistleblower

      Why couldn’t you travel to Econe?

      September 30, 2013 at 3:10 pm
    • gabriel syme

      FSSP global statistics (dated 1 Nov 2012):

      SSPX global statistics (dated 1 July 2013):

      These SSPX global statistics are hosted on a French website of the society.

      If the page comes up in the French language, there is a “choose language” box to change the language, at the top right hand corner underneath the picture of Pius X.

      September 30, 2013 at 4:08 pm
  • catholicconvert1


    Thanks for that. I found them last night, whilst surfing at 10.15 for SSPX stats, as you do. It really is astounding that the SSPX has such a large amount of seminarians, relative to it’s size, as an organisation. The same applies to the fssp. However, do you think it will continue?

    October 2, 2013 at 4:47 pm

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