Leaders and representatives of the Seventh-day Adventist Church's territory in Spain took a firm stance against the violence that erupted over the independence of Catalonia. Catalonia is an autonomous community within Spain. The government of Catalonia issued a referendum on October 1st with the question, "Do you want Catalonia to become an independent state in the form of a republic?" 90% of the 5 million voters selected "Yes." The vote was conducted even though Spain's King, Felipe the 6th, called the referendum illegal.
Violence arose when Spanish police attempted to shut down polling centers. Adventist leaders, in response, condemned the violence and sided with those advocating for respect, peace and love. The Church said in a written statement, "The Spanish Union dissociates itself from any political position or slogan and refuses any partisan use of its public statements." It went on to say, "We cannot and do not want to identify with any movement or expression that feeds hate between brothers and sisters, citizens and persons. We know that the solution to all conflicts can only come from God, whose imminent return we await; He will eliminate all divisions, conflicts, and pain constantly experienced on this earth."
Visit news.eud.adventist.org to read the full statement. [photo: Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 2.0, 3.0 (Argia)]