EXTREMISM driven by “irrational hatred” is dividing Spain and could lead to distrust in institutions and a failure to work for the common good, the country’s leading Bishop has claimed.
Archbishop of Toledo Braulio Rodriguez, who addressed a Mass of Peace in the city’s San Julian parish, said “partisan struggles” were leading to a slide to extremes at all levels.
Spanish people were growing tired of such struggles which are dividing families, towns, regions and the country itself, the Bishop added.
“Politicians should be aiming for an eminent form of charity which seeks goodness in humanity and a respect for life, freedom and the dignity of people,” Bishop Rodriguez said.
“We are tired of not seeking the common good. We already know where partisan struggles lead to from the past: simplification, two Spains and irrational hatreds,” the Bishop added.
Bishop Rodriguez went onto say upcoming European elections and a future national ballot offered the chance to return politics to the roots which inspired strivings for justice and law.
“When the exercise of political power aims only to protect the interests of certain privileged individuals, the future is in danger and young people may become distrustful,” the Bishop added.
Rodriguez’s comments follows the far-right Vox recent electoral breakthrough in Andalucia, ongoing divisions in Cataluña over independence and growing concerns these and other tensions may impact on upcoming votes.