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Spain signs own death certificate

Who would guess that the year of the 70th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War (see our previous topics, The Passion of Spain and New Martyrs Recognized) would bring more than symbolic reminders of the great Spanish political drama? Probably, few would have thought that Spaniards would once again choose inept leaders, moved by fear, and pride, and hatred, as they did in the infamous days of the Second Republic, but that is what they did when they chose José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero as their prime-minister.

First, he surrendered to the Muslim terrorists; then he pandered to the "gay" lobby; then, he pledged to persecute the Church's school system and finances; now, after compromising with the Basque terrorist nationalists, he surrenders to the Catalan anticlerical extreme-left nationalists. Not all nationalisms are good; or rather, one would not go too far to say that all nationalisms are bad and idolatrous, and are essentially different from the virtue of patriotism.

Among the factors which led to the Civil War of 1936-39, one of the most important was the rabid nationalism of Catalonia. Now, Catalonia had not considered itself as a nation before the 19th century; there had never been a "nation" called Catalonia, though Catalan had been spoken in the Iberian Peninsula since the 10th century, the period in which the Romance languages became more clearly distinguishable. Catalan had been the main language in the kingdom of Aragon, which stretched from the Ebro to Calabria, but Catalans had always considered themselves as part of those glorious Hispanienses who had expelled the brutal Caliphs.

It is easy to verify that Catalan has always also meant Spaniard: read the names of the defenders of Spanish integrity and its Catholic spirit, and you will find many Catalan, and Basque, and Galician surnames -- proportionately many more than from the Castilian-speaking peoples.

The insurrection which started the Crusade for the defense of Catholic Spain in July 1936 was driven by a Catalan (Goded Llopis, born in the colony of Puerto Rico from Catalan parents) and a Galician (Francisco Franco Bahamonde...). The great leaders of the Spanish Church during those terrible years were Catalans: Cardinal Gomá y Tomás, born in the province of Tarragona; Cardinal Plá y Deniel, born in Barcelona...

On the other hand, while Basque nationalism had been mostly linked to the Catholic Church in the Basque regions, Catalan nationalism had always been intensely anticlerical*. And this hatred for Christianity and Christian values is clear in the recent "Statute" (Estatut) for the Autonomous Community of Catalonia, which breaks the delicate balance achieved by the regions, the central government, and the different social currents in Spanish society (particularly the Catholic Church) in the negotiations which led to the Constitution of 1978. The center-right Spanish parties have been concerned with the use of the name of "nation", for the first time, in the legal text. But that is not the main problem.

The main problem is that, in the new "Statute", anticlericalism rises again its ugly head and declares what a "politically correct" Constitutional text (for that is what the "Statute" is) must look like. A few excerpts:

"All persons have the right to live with dignity the process of their death"

"The public powers must promote the equality of different partnership stable unions, regardless of the sexual orientation of its members."

"The public powers must promote the equality of all persons, regardless of their origin, nationality, sex, race, religion, social condition, or sexual orientation, as well as promote the eradication of racism, antisemitism, sexophobia, homophobia, and any other expression which attempts on equality and dignity."

"The public powers must see that the free decision of the woman is foremost in all cases which may affect her dignity, integrity, and physical and mental welfare, especially regarding her own body and her sexual and reproductive health."

"The public powers must protect social, cultural, and religious sociability among all persons in Catalonia, and the respect of the diversity of beliefs and ethical and philosophical convictions of all persons, and must promote intercultural relations through incentives, and the creation of environments of reciprocal knowledge, dialogue, and mediation."

Let there be no doubt: what is in stake is not the unity of Spain but the survival of Catholicism in the Iberian peninsula. The Spanish spirit has always been multiethnic -- but Catholic, always Catholic, always a Crusader spirit, as the Reconquista itself was a Crusade, as the Civil War itself became a Crusade after the Republican hosts massacred priests and nuns, and burned chapels and convents. But this Spain of many Spains has surrendered its soul and approaches death, under pressure, betrayed by its leaders, abandoned by a mostly "progressive" clergy, deceived by newfound wealth. Its dead body will soon be ready to be partitioned.

* This was true in the early decades of both movements, but, while the clergy in the Basque lands still largely supports the Basque nationalist movement, the latter has become not only extremely violent, but secular and anticlerical. This historical background, nonetheless, explains several intersting aspects of the development of the Civil War in "Euskadi" (the Basque Country).


  1. The Iberian Peninsula is composed not only by Spain but also by Portugal, where the dogma of faith will be always preserved, as Our Lady promissed in Fátima.

  2. Portugal to the contrary notwithstanding:

    Amen to the title of the piece.

  3. Yes, I am aware of that (search Portugal and Portuguese in our blogsearch).

    But can Portugal again withstand the fury unleashed by a decomposing Spain, as it happened in 1936? Perhaps, if there is no fury at all...

    I naturally place the Portuguese "em lugar de honra", and I meant for this to be published on May 13th for an indirect reason, as I often do, mentioning an information without mentioning it directly -- I include them among the Spains, in a wider sense. Do prospects for Catholicism in Portugal look MUCH better?...

    I have recently heard that there is not a single Diocesan Traditional Mass (an "Indult Mass", as it is usually called) in Portugal; is this true? And the world abortion movement is very hopeful regarding its own prospects for the Land of the Navigators under the Socialist government

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  5. The Portuguese and the Spains, both of them, are also known as Hispanics, from the old latin designation of Iberia, Hispania: certainly, I am conscious that in the United States the word "Hispanic" has a very different meaning...

    About the prospects of Catholicism in Portugal, they are not bright: the Church is almost completely controlled by a modernist and progressist "ethos", with bishops, priests and other religious totally attached to the spirit of Vatican II... Disgracefully, it is impossible to find a Traditional Mass in any portuguese diocesis, and liturgical abuses are quite common. Even in the Fatima Sanctuary, you haven't a single Tridentine Mass! In Portugal, outside the few chapels of the Society of Saint Pius X - there are four in the entire country -, you can't attend a Traditional Mass.

    Certainly, Our Lady promissed that the Dogma of Faith would always be preserved in Portugal, but - I suppose - this not means that the Catholic Church in Portugal is immediatly protected from the liberal, modernist and progressit depredations; quite the contrary!

  6. As to Portugal: I do know, that there are several (well hidden and quite suppressed) priests who offer the Braga rite (Latin rite liturgy, variant of the Roman rite) in the Northern parts of Portugal. The SSPX has some chapels, and some missions. Please notice, that "Portugal" by extension means Brasil (Diocese of Campos, SSJV, Bishop De Castro Mayer!) too!

    Spain is a sad case. Such a great country for the Holy Roman Church, now becoming so anti-Catholic and anti-clerical. But still, the Catholics of Spain are quite convinced, even bishops protest, a thing which is impossible with the ultraliberal and Modernistic bishops of the rest of Western-Europe and the USA (& Canada). Please note that.

    The Romanic countries tend to "polarize" more, while we "Germanics" are plagued by indifferentism or silent stubbornness.

    Please note, that along with Socialist Spain, socialist governors since recently rule Portugal, and that Italy has its Socialist-&-Communists' alliance, with an ex-Stalinist as head of the Italian state. That's the state of affairs. Quite explosive, and in case of major international conflicts, dangerous to clergy, religious and faithful, as well as to the moral order.

    No, the European Union probably won't help and assist Christians if anticlericalism denies "religious liberty" once again in the future. Putin's Russia might prove more "pro-Catholic" than the completely baptized apostate ex-culturally Catholic leaders of the Romanic states!

  7. Well, once upon a time the rain in Spain stayed mainly in the plain.

    Some diverse observations:

    The "rain" today is worldwide, and who is influencing whom is problematic.

    Take Communism. First of all, it was a Western idea that through the vicissitudes of history made its way to Russia. Neither Marx nor Engels ever had any idea of the East when they dreamed up their ideology. V.I. Lenin cribbed many of his notions from the French Revolution via an ideological demagogue named Gracchus Babeuf. If the Finland Station had not happened, there probably would never have been a Russian Revolution. In a sense, then, when Mary talked about the spread of Russian errors, there was already an eagerness on the part of virtually all parties to participate in the "idea whose time has come."

    This country has actually been a form of socialism for some time. Feminism is the Marxianization of gender. The 60's phenomenon was pseudo-egalitarian, masked totalitarianism in ethos. So on and so forth.

    All ideologies are gnostic. In one form or another the are rooted in a Christian heresy. When any notion is ideologized, the result is the polarization that one commentator mentioned. Most of the "masses" are, however, totally ignorant and, thus, completely indifferent, with "god" in their wallet. Between "Germanic" and "Romanic" forms of corruption, I can only see distinctions without a difference.

    When the Wall went down, as Solzhenitsyn has observed, the very worst aspects of "Western Culture" were eagerly grasped by hoi polloi and the old nomenklatura turned into the new mafia.

    The situation worldwide, both inside the Church and outside in culture and politics puts me in mind of the last lines of a somewhat lubricious limerick by Oscar Brand: They argued all night over who had the right to do what and with which and to whom.

    As for Iberia, again, Our Lady's statement about Portugal was an unfinished sentence. We have really no idea of precisely whom or of what she was speaking.

    As the late Professor Weaver said (title of his Ph.D. Thesis) Ideas Have Consequences. As important as the Mass is, the number of Tridentine Masses in the world is immaterial as long as the world is relentlessly secular and materialistic in the philosophical sense.

    When the Church joined the World, that was the end, humanly speaking. Until God takes a direct hand, what happens in Spain or Portugal or Timbuktu is relatively unimportant. We will know that has happened when a pope fulfills the wishes of Our Lady of Fatima. Not until. (Of course, we have to defend the truth, the faith - keep our own act together and help others as best we can.)

    We need to take the long view. What view is that? Well, there was a professor of Political Philosophy who kept muttering "nothing has been the same since the war." Finally his students summoned the courage to put a question to him. "Professor, what war do you mumble about: the Viet Nam War, the Korean War, WW II, WW I, the Civil War, the Revolutionary War, which?" "You idiots. The Peloponnesian War, of course."

    Sub specie æternitatis.

  8. "Until God takes a direct hand, what happens in Spain or Portugal or Timbuktu is relatively unimportant. We will know that has happened when a pope fulfills the wishes of Our Lady of Fatima."


    I read something a couple of days ago, I can't recall by whom, and I think I have it word for word:

    "The history of the Church is the human elements trying to frustrate the Divine [element]."

    Mea maxima culpa vis-a-vis my own life.

    Read Psalm 73 ut quid Deus and be comforted.

  9. Simon-Peter advances a valid point in his conclusion, there is always the mote in our own eye.

    History, given the nature of man, does have a certain kind of cyclical quality.

    What makes this crisis unique is the appearance of Our Lady at Fatima. People either never stop to think or tend to forget that this 1917 event began a Divine intervention into History: very mysterious, but there it is.

    I wish S-P could remember the author of that quote. It is very apt.

    In Don Quixote there is the ghost of a soldier that gives advice to the hero that has more merit now than it did then: "Have patience, cousin, and deal the cards."

    Somehow it helps to remember that the author of that fought at the Battle of Lepanto. So "thank the Lord and pass the ammunition" also has its place in the scheme of things.

  10. Like an spanish and proud of the hispanity and the History of Spain and the Church, I ask you praying for my country, it´s very necessary.


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