Op-ed calls Franco and the Catholic Church a force for good for Spain

Op-ed calls Franco and the Catholic Church a force for good for Spain December 5, 2018

Elections in Andalusia – Spain’s most populous autonomous community – saw the Socialist Party (PSOE) suffer its first defeat since the modern constitutional era (1982) – and the result gave Catholic Gualberto Garcia Jones, Esq, an opening to praise murderous Spanish dictator Fernando Franco.

In a Life Site op-ed, Jones took enormous joy from Sunday’s result, which he saw as an extension of “The Trump Effect” –  the “rise of an unapologetic God and Country counter-revolution to secular globalism” which has manifested itself in the US, Brazil, Hungary and now Andalusia.

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In pointing out that center-right parties, along with the far-right extremist Vox party, gained enough seats to oust the Socialist party, the happy little fascist seized on the opportunity to tell his readers that General Franco, above, after containing “the marxist threat … focused on creating a prosperous Spanish nation unified by Catholic traditions.”

As someone who visited Spain regularly for almost 30 years before finally making it my permanent home over eight years ago, I did a great deal of reading about the horrors of Franco era which, of course, was given enthusiastic support by the Catholic Church. The Vatican was totally supportive Franco’s atrocities, including those directed at women.

This from a review of Paul Preston’s The Spanish Holocaust:

Tens of thousands of women had their heads shaved and were force-fed castor oil (a powerful laxative), then jeered as they were paraded through the streets soiling themselves. Many had their breasts branded with the Falangist symbol of yoke and arrows.

But Jones’s assertion that “Franco succeeded in lifting his nation from poverty and creating a unified nation capable of transitioning to a democratic monarchy” comes as news to me.

This from Wikipedia:

The Civil War had ravaged the Spanish economy. Infrastructure had been damaged, workers killed and daily business severely hampered. For more than a decade after Franco’s victory, the economy improved little. Franco initially pursued a policy of autarky, cutting off almost all international trade.

The policy had devastating effects and the economy stagnated. Only black marketeers could enjoy an evident affluence … On the brink of bankruptcy, a combination of pressure from the United States, the IMF and technocrats from Opus Dei managed to “convince” the regime to adopt a free market economy in 1959 in what amounted to a mini coup d’état which removed the old guard in charge of the economy, despite the opposition of Franco.

However, this economic liberalisation was not accompanied by political reforms and oppression continued unabated.

Jones also used his op-ed to lament the passing of Spanish fascism:

Ultimately though, the traditional Spain of the 1950’s and 60’s would prove no match for the ravages of cultural marxism, which would claim Spain as one of its many Western European victims.

In celebrating this appalling lurch to the right in Spain, Jones conveniently omits to mention that when the Andalusian capital of Seville was captured in July 1936 by Franco’s forces, a reign of terror was launched against those suspected of Republican sympathies, and were summarily executed. At least 10,000 men and women were killed.

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  • Starlady

    I live on the Spanish island of La Palma. Lots of local families have horror stories, like the trucker who stopped for a piss in the woods and stumbled across two Civil Guards pointing guns at a man who was crying and digging a trench 6 feet long and two feet wide. One of the Civil Guards pointed his gun at the trucker and told him to leave immediately.
    He left. What eles could he do? And he had nightmares for the rest of his life.

  • I found a coin from the Franco era, with Franco on it. I was horrified to see the phrase “por la g. de Dios” (“for the glory of God”) on the coin, indicating Franco thought God was on his side. (I was not surprised, though.)

  • Michael Neville

    And for those of us who are already in geezerhood, Francisco Franco is still dead.

  • Geoff Benson

    I was born in Spain, though I moved to the UK when I was just three (supposedly because of the Franco regime, and I’m now 65), but I spend at least three months each year there, partly in an apartment in Málaga and partly just touring aimlessly on my motorcycle.

    I’m delighted that someone has posted about Franco. We regularly get the posts about the ‘evils of atheism’ citing Stalin or Hitler (though both are examples of the dangers of religious fanaticism), but Franco is ignored. Whilst in terms of sheer numbers Franco’s genocidal tendencies (he ‘only’ murdered and caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands) his motivations are far more sinister than those of Hitler or Stalin. Whilst the latter were tyrannical in a strictly ideological (admittedly horrific) way, they were straightforward in their murderous ways. Franco, on the other hand, always claimed to be guided by god, and was a fervent Catholic. When he acted, he did so in the name of his church. He tethered Spain to the yoke for decades, preventing it from developing, effectively rendering it a third world country as recently as the 1960s. He was probably, to some extent, victim of ‘small man syndrome’, something he was able to channel effectively (though perhaps unintentionally) as a military leader, but as a country leader he was a disaster, literally.

    This article to which you refer is, as you imply, demented.

  • CoastalMaineBird

    That’s generalissimo Francisco Franco to you, bub.

  • Jim Jones

    BBC documentary exposes 50-year scandal of baby trafficking by the Catholic church in Spain | Daily Mail Online

    300,000 babies stolen from their parents – and sold for adoption: Haunting BBC documentary exposes 50-year scandal of baby trafficking by the Catholic church in Spain

    Up to 300,000 Spanish babies were stolen from their parents and sold for adoption over a period of five decades, a new investigation reveals.

    The children were trafficked by a secret network of doctors, nurses, priests and nuns in a widespread practice that began during General Franco’s dictatorship and continued until the early Nineties.

    Hundreds of families who had babies taken from Spanish hospitals are now battling for an official government investigation into the scandal.

    Several mothers say they were told their first-born children had died during or soon after they gave birth.

    In reality, the babies were sold to childless couples whose devout beliefs and financial security meant that they were seen as more appropriate parents.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2049647/BBC-documentary-exposes-50-year-scandal-baby-trafficking-Catholic-church-Spain.html

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYsj6qXQqsQ

  • Dave Maier

    I did a great deal of reading about the horrors of Franco era

    Do you (or anyone) have any particular recommendations? I recognize Preston’s name but I don’t know that book.

  • mordred

    “rise of an unapologetic God and Country counter-revolution to secular globalism”

    How nice of Jones to point us to a more compact description: Fascism!

  • mordred

    Did the RCC finally open their archives to people looking for their real parents?

    Last I heard they still tried to keep the details of their dirty business hidden.

  • Barry Duke

    Dave, I would certainly recommend the The Spanish Holocaust (https://tinyurl.com/yd2vlqak) and The Assassination of Frederico Garcia Lorca (
    https://tinyurl.com/ybaog38j)

  • Dave Maier

    Thanks, I’ll check those out.

  • Shadowfury333

    It’s things like this that make me lament most the persecution narrative baked into Christianity. In any oher case we could get trials for crimes against humanity, or at least a coup/revolt or something, and there wouldn’t be an irrational global backlash. Local, maybe, but not global.

  • Stephen Mynett

    A good book that looks at many fascist leaders, including Franco is by Karlheinz Deschner, a writer Barry has featured on this site before. God and the Fascists looks at Vatican complicity before and during WWII. This is in English and it is a shame other works by Deshner have not been translated, especially his series A Criminal History of Christendom.

    More book info here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/231645/god-and-the-fascists-by-karlheinz-deschner/9781616148379

  • al kimeea

    IIRC doin the same in South America

  • Dave Maier

    Thanks!

  • Jim Jones

    And in Ireland. And I’m sure other places. Another thing that needs a full investigation.