The Catholic Hierarchy and the Spanish Problem

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Spanish Embassy, Office of Cultural Relations, 1945 - Church and state - 15 pages
 

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Page 6 - It is quite natural," writes Pius XI, "that when even the most elementary religious and civil liberties are attacked, Catholic citizens do not resign themselves passively to give them up. However, the vindication of these rights and liberties may be, according to circumstances, more or less opportune, more or less energetic.
Page 6 - On the other hand, among you it has also been said that, whenever these powers arise against justice and truth even to destroying the very foundations of authority, it is not to be seen how those citizens are to be condemned who unite to defend themselves and the nation, by licit and appropriate means, against those who make use of public power to bring it to ruin.
Page 13 - Life is stronger than programmes and a wise governor will not impose a programme which may do violence to the inner resources of the nation. We would be the first to regret that the irresponsible autocracy of a Parliament should be replaced by the more terrible one of a dictatorship without roots in the nation. We nourish the legitimate hope that it will not be so. Just what has saved Spain in this most...
Page 8 - Spain, it is first, because even if the war were only of a political or social character, its effects in the religious order have been so grave and it appears so clear from its beginnings that one of the belligerent parties was aiming directly at the abolition of the Catholic religion in Spain...
Page 7 - That the use of such means and the exercise of civic and political rights in their fullness — embracing also problems of order purely material and technical, or any violent defense — does not enter in any manner into the task of the clergy or of Catholic Action as such. But to both appertains the preparation of Catholics to make just use of their rights, and to defend them with all legitimate means according as the common good requires; 5. The clergy and Catholic Action, being, by their mission...
Page 8 - We, Spanish Bishops, could not remain silent without abandoning the interests of Our Lord Jesus Christ and without incurring the terrible appellation of Canes muti, with which the prophet blames those who, being obliged morally to speak, keep silence in the face of injustice.
Page 13 - ... by the more terrible one of a dictatorship without roots in the nation. We nourish the legitimate hope that it will not be so. Just what has saved Spain in this most...
Page 6 - You have more than once recalled to your faithful that the Church protects peace and order, even at the cost of grave sacrifices, and that it condemns every unjust insurrection or violence against constituted powers. On the other hand, among you it has also been said that...
Page 13 - ... of the nation has risen to defend them. It would be a mistake to interrupt the spiritual orientation of the country, and it is not probable that the mistake will be made.
Page 13 - Spain and abroad, with a speedy promulgation of the laws necessary for the exercise of the rights recognized in it.

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