Thursday, February 07, 2008

The First Spanish Republic and Persecution of Catholics

I have alway identified the Spanish Republic with the regime of Franco and the Spanish Civil War. However, the Catholic Culture web site has this eye-opening interview concerning the persecution the the first Spanish Republic ushered in prior to the Spanish Civil War.

Just how extensive was the persecution? According to Vincente Carcel Orti:

Albeit incomplete, the figures are impressive: 18 bishops, 4,184 between priests and seminarians, 283 nuns and about 4,000 laymen were killed for helping or hiding priests or nuns. It must be emphasized that in the part of the country occupied by Franco's troops, no harm was done to the clergy nor were the churches destroyed.
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