Archbishop calls on believers to support Far Right
7 May 2007, PAMPLONA – The archbishop of Pamplona , Fernando Sebastián Aguilar, caused controversy on Monday by saying two far Right parties were worthy of support.
7 May 2007
PAMPLONA – The archbishop of Pamplona , Fernando Sebastián Aguilar, caused controversy on Monday by saying two far Right parties were worthy of support.
Archbishop Aguilar said in a message on the Catholic Church website in Navarre that parties of the far Right, including the Falange and the Spanish Alternative are “worthy of consideration and of support”.
The Falange was led by the dictator Primo de Rivera during the 1920s and later backed General Franco.
The archbishop’s text formed part of a speech given at a conference in Leon in March.
Entitled ‘The Actual Situation of the Church – some practical orientations’, the paper gave suggestions about how the Church could regain some influence in society.
In a section called ‘How to make us present in society’, it said: ‘Today in Spain, there are some parties that want to be faithful to the doctrine of the Church in its totality, like the Spanish Alternative, the Falange (and others). All these are parties little considered. They are worth a vote. They do not have much chance to influence in political life even though if they could manage to establish important alliances if they receive the support of Catholic citizens.
‘For this reason, they cannot be considered obligatory but they are worthy of consideration and support.’
The archbishop said there was a ‘silent desertion’ by former believers. He blamed the ‘revisionism’ of the Transition period when Spain moved from the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco to democracy.
The archbishop blamed groups like Christians for Socialism and the liberation theology.
The archbishop is no stranger to controversy.
In 2005, he warned Spain could be about to endure a ‘epidemic of homosexuality, strong psychological problems and painful frustrations’ if gay marriage was legalized.
The present socialist government legalized gay marriage and same-sex adoption in 2005.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news