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Spain: Benedictine Prior Warns Anti-Church Regime

Prior Santiago Cantera has called on Spain's socialist regime to "leave the dead in peace".

Cantera leads the Benedictine monastery in the Valle de los Caidos (Valley of the Fallen), a monumental memorial complex designed by General Francisco Franco (+1975).

First the socialists desecrated Franco's tomb, who was buried in the monastery, and now they want to evict the Benedictines.

Cantera, however, told Mundo Cristiano that the presence of the monks is based on an agreement that the socialists "cannot unilaterally break".

Since the abbey is of papal right, a "written and signed authorisation from the [decadent] Holy See" would be required [which would be only too happy to betray the monks].

The prior also informed that the socialists have not fulfilled their financial obligations to the monastery for five years.

Cantera recalls that when Franco's tomb was desecrated, police loyal to the regime occupied the basilica and kept it closed for three weeks, which was "a serious violation of the right to religious freedom".

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Kenjiro M. Yoshimori
Such a huge monastery!! I'll bet that before Vatican II, it has a substantial number of monks, but now there are probably only a handful. Reminds me of my own archdiocese of Philadelphia seminary, which before the filth of Vatican II had 580 seminarians, with several more studying in Rome. 1955-62= 580 seminarians. 1965=550. 1975= 275. 1985= 220, 2000= 175 , 210= 200, TODAY= 120 (OF WHICH 80 are …More
Such a huge monastery!! I'll bet that before Vatican II, it has a substantial number of monks, but now there are probably only a handful. Reminds me of my own archdiocese of Philadelphia seminary, which before the filth of Vatican II had 580 seminarians, with several more studying in Rome. 1955-62= 580 seminarians. 1965=550. 1975= 275. 1985= 220, 2000= 175 , 210= 200, TODAY= 120 (OF WHICH 80 are men studying for other dioceses, only about 40+ left for Philadelphia.....fewer than before the USA Civil War (1861-65). All due to Vatican II and the Novus Ordo. Not surprisingly, the decline, which had stopped in last years of JPII and under Benedict XVI there was even a small upsurge, has crashed again under Bergoglio. No surprise, right. 😫
Liam Ronan
That's why the cheese-steak sales dropped off dramatically in Philly, I suppose.
Kenjiro M. Yoshimori
😂 😂 😂 😂