Writing in First Things, Haldane observed that “while traditional nationalists are motivated by a sense of Scotland’s past as an independent country, those on the economic left see independence as providing an opportunity to create a socialist state, while progressive secular liberals envisage an independent Scotland as the first formal embodiment of a post-religious Europe.”
“Nowhere,” he added, “is this vision more evident than in the discussion surrounding the Catholic Church.”
There is already something deeply ironic about how David Cameron, having originally rejected Alex Salmond’s proposal for a referendum including the option of enhanced devolution in favor of a simple “yes or no” ballot, has been forced to transform “no” into the very “Devo Max” Salmond had originally wanted in order to stave off the "yes" that even a month ago looked unimaginable.
It would be doubly ironic if by supporting an independent Scotland, Scottish Catholics were to bring to power the very forces that would see them reduced to a footnote in Scotland’s history.
Greg Daly covers the U.K. and Ireland for Aleteia.