July 7, 2006
HE OUGHT TO BEATIFY FRANCO:
Plan to beatify martyrs of Spanish civil war attacked (Daily Telegraph, 08/07/2006)
The Pope has provoked controversy with plans to beatify 168 Catholic martyrs of the Spanish civil war.Posted by Orrin Judd at July 7, 2006 10:05 PM
Historians believe that about 10,000 priests, brothers, nuns and laity were killed during the civil war from 1936-39, as Leftists fighting to defend Spain's secular republic tried to wipe out what they saw as Catholic resistance. [...]
The Spanish Church was a powerful ally of Franco. Every house and classroom had a crucifix, and priests often wielded more influence than judges or police officers.