Earlier this year I had the privilege of acting as an election agent and election campaigner for my Dad who was re-elected for another 5 years as an Independent Councilor for our town. He was elected with nearly 2000 votes, an amazing result if you consider the fact that it's a small town and he does not belong to a political party. It was also a great result considering how dirty and negative the campaign was. Among the many slurs and insults directed his way (some sectarian in tone) was the claim that he is "parochial" and only concerned with serving his own small community where he grew up. Although meant as an insult, this tag of Parochialism was actually a compliment to an Independent Councillor since his job is to serve the needs of the community first and foremost. Indeed, Parochialism is a by-word for Localism. The political principle of Localism is that which supports local production and consumption of goods, local control of government, and local culture and identity. Localism can generally be described as in opposition to centralism which is exactly where an Independent town councillor should be. (And lets not forget that it was localism and local democracy which defeated centralist-secularism on the issue of council prayers at Bideford Town Council in Devon.)
Furthermore, one of the main aspects of Christian Democracy is the idea of "Subsidiarity" developed by the German theologian Oswald von Nell-Breuning and mentioned by Pope Pius XI in Quadragesimo Anno. It states that the functions of government, business, and other secular activities should be as local as possible. Indeed, one of the main concepts which underpins Christian Democracy is the subsidiarity based idea of devolving power to local level. This however, is not necessarily an endorsement of Scottish Independence since Scottish Independence can be seen as a movement towards Centralism and a negative expression of Nationalism which goes against the Christian Democratic principle of Common Good and Solidarity. (A claim which I think is most unfair since it is a civic-nationalism which is being offered not a race based one.)
Nonetheless, the new Christian Democratic movement which seems to be forming in Scotland is against Scottish Independence. According to the SCO http://www.sconews.co.uk/latest-edition/16027/christian-opposition-to-independence/
The problem with new Scottish Christian Democratic movement's opposition to Scottish Nationalism is the fact that it sounds like a de facto endorsement of Unionism and Westminster Rule. This type of Unionism ignores the fact that many of the original Christian Democratic Parties in Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands were perhaps not Localist but certainly Regionalist in ideology.
However, the original Christian Democratic Parties emerged from the Rhenish and Westphalian Catholic heartlands in the second half of the 19th century as a response to Bismark's Kulturkampf. But these people had no strong attatchment to the concept of a unified Germany as we know it today. They were very Regionalist (or Parochial if you like?) in outlook. They had no desire to be ruled by either Berlin or Vienna. The same can be said of early Christian Democratic Parties in Belgium who had Flemish interests at heart or the CD parties in the South Netherlands. Parties such as
Christen-Democratisch en Vlaams in Flanders. A leftwing CD party with links to the Labour Movement and Trade Unionism. Or even the Katholieke Staatspartij) (RKSP) in The Netherlands or the Confessionele Katholieke Partij all with roots in the teaching of the Papal Encyclicals Rerum Novarum and Quadragesimo Anno
So in conclusion, any authentic Scottish Christian Democratic Party should be as hostile (or at least as ambivalent) to Edinburgh rule as it is to Westminster rule. Indeed, such issues should almost be rendered meaningless by the Christian Democrats desire for a State which create the conditions for civil society to flourish outside the boundaries of the state. We should seek to live a Christian life beyond politics and national borders. Also, the other concern I have about the new Christian Democratic Movement is it's complete lack of Working class credibility. It's vital that we build up support from working class Christians within the Trade Union and Labour Movement just as the orginal CD parties did. The new movement seems to have overlooked CD's strong emphasis on the community, social solidarity, support for a welfare state, NHS and support for strong regulation of market forces. We must have an emphasis on the fact that the individual is part of a community and has duties towards it. The economy must be at the service of humanity not a vehicle for obscene greed and materialism as it is today.