Friday, 10 July 2009

Balancing beatitude

Some time ago I wrote about the Vatican's controversial decision to beatify hundreds of priests, monks and nuns killed by left-wing militias during the Spanish Civil War, noting that it was a pity they overlooked the clergy executed by Franco, including those accused of being Basque nationalist sympathisers.

Now it seems the Church has gone some way towards correcting the imbalance, by holding a ceremony tomorrow to honour the Basque martyrs. It's a shame, though, that this is an initiative of the local Basque bishops, and doesn't have official Vatican backing. Still, as Splintered Sunrise says, its nice to see the Church doing the right thing, and gratifying that the move will 'greatly annoy ... the Franco nostalgics'.

(Via Poumista)

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