One of the Treasures of the National Archives of Scotland, the Declaration of Arbroath was written to the Pope in 1320, on behalf of the barons and community of the realm of Scotland. This eloquent letter, written in support of King Robert Bruce (Robert I) and an independent Scotland, is still regarded as a spirited statement of a nation’s claim to freedom. Click here to read the Declaration of Arbroath
With the SNP once again calling for a referendum on Scottish independence, it is worth reflecting on Scotland’s deeply Catholic roots in order to consider the question of “freedom”. Outside the Catholic Church, can there BE true freedom for Scotland? Think “gay marriage”; think Named Person Scheme; think the Freemasonic roots of the EU, which the SNP wish to rejoin after Brexit/and (they hope) a successful independence referendum. Take note of the reference to “poor Scotland” in the Declaration – a description so apt in our times. Poor, poor Scotland.
In short, knowing that the original call for Scotland’s independence was made by loyal sons of the Church, is it permissible today for Catholics to vote in good conscience for an independent (Protestant) Scotland?