THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Roughly a quarter (1 in 4) of all Americans believe individual states have a right to secede and become independent countries according to a recent Rasmussen Poll (see here). This is up significantly from just four years ago. Catholics have a duty and an obligation to support the rights of individual communities and states to govern themselves according to the Church teaching of SUBSIDIARITY. That includes the right to peacefully and democratically secede from a larger tyranical government that consistently undermines the principle of Subsidiarity. Such has been the case with Washington DC ever since the Civil War.