Two young women with Spanish national flag (r.) and Catalan flag © Emilio Morenatti
How to resolve the conflict after the independence referendum in Catalonia? In the debate about the possible independence of the region, the Catholic Church is now apparently to mediate. First talks have already taken place.
The vice president of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia, Oriol Junqueras, met on Wednesday with Barcelona's Cardinal Juan Jose Omella and subsequently with Madrid's Cardinal Carlos Osoro, according to Spanish media reports. Earlier, on Tuesday evening, Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy had also spoken with the two cardinals at his official residence in Madrid.
Contents of the meetings were not disclosed. According to the media, neither the relevant government agencies nor the respective archbishoprics wanted to officially confirm the meetings.
Church as mediator
The Spanish Bishops' Conference, also on behalf of the Catalan chief shepherds, had warned before the referendum against "irreversible and momentous" steps that would result in a rupture within society. In contrast, the bishops called for a "dialogue in full respect of the interception". At the same time they offered their help for a discussion "in favor of a peaceful and free coexistence between all".