Spanish Church hints at softer line on ETA violence

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24 November 2006 , MADRID - The Spanish Roman Catholic Church said on Friday said any terrorists who renounced violence could be granted 'concessions'.

24 November 2006

MADRID - The Spanish Roman Catholic Church said on Friday said any terrorists
who renounced violence could be granted 'concessions'.

In an apparent softening of the Church's tone with regard to the Basque separatist organisation ETA, it said any terrorists who gave up violence or terror could be given "indulgences".

What these might be, it did not specify.

Juan Antonio Martínez Camino, spokesman for the Espicopal Conference which represents the Spanish Church, said the new line came in a pastoral document called 'Moral orientations on the situation in Spain'.

But he added: "In a society which wishes to be free we cannot recognise explicitly nor implicitly a terrorist organisation as a political force nor as a representative of any sector of the population, nor have them as any political spokesman."

Camino also denied the Spanish bishops had agreed a centralist political line in a document called 'Spanish unity as a moral good'.

Instead, he said the Church supported the "historical, spiritual and cultural unity" of the country.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news


 

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