WHEN BOLSHEVISM RIPPED OUT THE HEART OF SPAIN
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Francisco Franco (4 December 1892 – 20 November 1975)
An obsession with unearthing corpses suggests there is something about the night about the globalist left. There is relentless pressure to desecrate the grave of former Spanish leader Francisco Franco (1892 – 1975) by removing his mortal remains.
Those who espouse Stalinist ideology just don’t give up with their weird taste for necrophilia. E. M. Godden, in Conflict in Spain, says on p. 72, “During the last week of July, 1936, the bodies of nuns were exhumed from their graves and propped up outside the walls of their convents. Obscene and offensive placards were attached to their bodies.”
Soviet dissident and Gulag survivor Alexander Solzhenitsyn explained why we don’t read more about the left’s crimes against humanity. “Ownership of the media is in the hands of the perpetrators.”
Besides, journalism attracts those with liberal-left tendencies who ring fence the left’s acts of genocide. These include the terrible atrocities that were committed by Spanish Republicans during and after the Spanish Civil War.
As in Bolshevik Russia and Europe the Orthodox and Catholic Church communities were singled out for the most appalling atrocities.
The Spanish Civil War (1936 – 1939) was listed 731 Christian martyrs, who were beatified by the Roman Catholic Church in 2001 and 2007. In the canonisation of several martyrs, Pope Benedict said:
“Adding such a great number of martyrs to the list of beatified persons shows that the supreme witness of giving blood is not an exception reserved only to some individuals, but a realistic possibility for all Christian people. It includes men and women of different ages, vocations and social conditions, who pay with their lives in fidelity to Christ and his Church.”
English historian Arthur Bryant, in his well-documented Communist Atrocities in Spain, tells of one murder squad which went to the Dominican Convent in Barcelona and informed the Mother Superior that “because of possible mob violence” the nuns should accompany the squad to a place of safety. The sisters of mercy were then taken to the suburbs and murdered.
The reason given in off-handed manner: “We needed the building. We didn’t want to mess it up before we occupied it.”
One of many martyred was Josefina Sauleda Paulis, of the Dominican cloistered monastery in Barcelona. Led away to her place of execution, she bravely and defiantly said: “If you are going to kill me, why don’t you do it right here?”
Her pleadings were answered and her body was found outside the Hippodrome in Barcelona.
In Madrid, it was estimated that one tenth of the population of Spain had been murdered by Republican forces by 1939. De Fonteriz in Red Terror in Madrid tells how killing crews organised by Dimitrov and Rosenberg ‘carried out a program of torture and murder so obscene that it cannot be repeated or described.’
It is on record that 6,832 members of the Catholic clergy, representing 20% percent of the nation’s clergy, were killed. The figures break down the as follows:
Some 283 women religious were killed, often after torture. Thirteen bishops were killed from the dioceses of Siguenza Lleida, Cuenca, Barbastro, Segorbe, Jaén, Ciudad Real, Almeria, Guadix, Barcelona, Teruel and the auxiliary of Tarragona.
Despite their being aware of the fate of their counterparts in Bolshevik Russia, all decided to remain in their cities. “I cannot go, only here is my responsibility, whatever may happen,” so said the Bishop of Cuenca.
In addition, 4,172 diocesan priests, 2,364 monks, and friars, among them 259 Claretians, 226 Franciscans, 204 Piarists, 176 Brothers of Mary, 165 Christian Brothers (also called the De La Salle Brothers), 155 Augustinians, 132 Dominicans, and 114 Jesuits were slaughtered. In some dioceses, the numbers of secular priests killed are overwhelming:
In Barbastro 123 of 140 priests were killed, about 88 percent of the secular clergy were murdered, 66 percent In Lleida, 270 of 410 priests were killed, about 62 percent and in Tortosa, 44 percent of the secular priests were killed.
In Toledo 286 of 600 priests were killed. In the dioceses of Málaga, Minorca, and Segorbe, about half of the priests were killed”.
In October 2008, the Spanish newspaper La Razon published an article on the number of people murdered for practicing Catholicism.
May 1931: 100 church buildings are burned while intimidated and terrorised fire-fighters refused to extinguish the flames. Church buildings were burned with impunity in seven cities. In 1934, 33 priests were slaughtered in the Asturias Revolution.
On the day before the Spanish Civil War started on July 18, 1936, 17 clergymen were martyred for their beliefs. Between July and August of the same year, 861 clergymen were murdered. Throughout August 1936 2,077 clerics were killed, more than 70 a day, ten of them bishops.
3,400 ecclesiastics were slaughtered during the first stages of the civil war. By the end of the war, a total of 7000 clergymen and 3000 religious people had been murdered for practicing Catholicism.
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