Crusade for a Christian Civilization, March-April 1977 (www.tfp.org)
signed by 1000 Spanish Priests supports thesis of the book The Church of Silence
in Chile; praises Introduction by the Cultural Society of Covadonga on "Analogies”
The publication in
The Cultural Society of Covadonga, in
collaboration with the publishing house, Fernando III el Santo of
The publication of the book led to a declaration
signed by more than 1000 Spanish priests who support the thesis of the book and
the "Introductory Analysis" of the Cultural Society of Covadonga. This declaration has been published
in major Spanish newspapers, along with a statement by the Covadonga Society addressed to the people of
DECLARATION OF THE SPANISH PRIESTS
The signers of the present declaration view as highly
opportune the launching of the first edition published in
COLLABORATION WITH COMMUNISTS DIVIDES CATHOLIC CITADEL
We shall abstain from making any pronouncement in this
document about the political situation of
From 1936 to 1939, the Reds were defeated in this Hispanic land by means of a glorious national Crusade, being obliged to contend with a clergy in which the immense majority closed ranks behind the Church and the most precious traditions of our country. However, today the Reds find the Catholic citadel divided, a fact of the utmost gravity.
This division in the Catholic citadel is occurring over the goals of the Communists, or at least over their methods. There are many who believe that a collaboration with these enemies is possible, either in the short or in the long run.
In the case of
A SOLID DOCUMENTATION
These facts about
WANTS TO PREVENT A SIMILAR TRAGEDY FROM OCCURRING IN
Society of Covadonga, desiring to make a meritorious contribution that
would prevent an analogous tragedy from occurring in
We consider it timely to stress as an example, a very
characteristic fact cited in the "Introductory Analysis," which
describes "analogies with the Spanish situation." This fact, which is
the source of perplexity, is the immunity enjoyed by a current which calls
itself Catholic. In
LUC1DITY, OBJECTIVITY, AND TIMELINESS OF THE INTRODUCTORY STUDY
We therefore congratulate the Cultural Society of Covadonga for the lucidity, objectivity, and timeliness of this introductory document. And we beseech Divine Providence to help spread the book The Church of Silence in Chile — A Theme of Meditation for Catholic Spaniards in these lands which were blessed by the virtues of Saints such as Saint Ferdinand of Castille and Saint Theresa of Jesus.
(Note to the reader: The subtitles do not appear in the original declaration.)
THE CULTURAL SOCIETY OF COVADONGA TO THE PUBLIC
Despite the fact that Communism is the worst enemy of the Church in our days, the Spanish Episcopate has, in the last few years, become inhibited about defending the Church with full effectiveness. In short, it has not shown itself to be ready to make integral use of the triple power that Our Lord Jesus Christ has bestowed upon the Episcopate, that is, the powers of Magisterium, government, and the sanctification of souls.
In fact, the various declarations coming from episcopal sources which provide a rejection of Communism generally contain omissions, ambiguities, or attenuations. These have the effect of tranquilizing the anti-communist fiber of our people instead of stimulating it to indispensable combat. Therefore, such declarations do not constitute a proportional and effective defense against an adversary which attacks the Church and Christian Civilization continuously and by all imaginable means, both direct and indirect.
Moreover, this is all the more so, since at the national and international levels this adversary is able to count on the enormous help (either open or concealed) of multiple means of social communication.
Besides the external attack of Communism against the Church and Christian Civilization, we also notice, against one and the other, the treacherous and much more destructive attack being conducted by Communist infiltration in Catholic milieus.
It is reasonable to expect that, since such
infiltration is occurring all over the Catholic world, we should also find it
Finally, it is necessary to add to the declarations of the Episcopate containing grave omissions a considerable number of declarations and attitudes of the Catholic Episcopate, clergy, and laity, which are positively in agreement with leftist or leftist-tending doctrines and activities.
When we consider what happened in
Therefore, it is impossible not to suspect that Communism is begin‑
Now more than ever, it is timely to utter a vigorous word to alert Catholic Spaniards.
Having seen so many other associations remain silent, the Cultural Society of Covadonga, a civic society of Catholic inspiration which dedicates itself to the combat against Communism and socialism, considers that it has the duty to address — with due respect for their Lordships the Bishops and for the reverend secular and regular clergy —with fraternal love the great multitude of Catholics, of whom we have the honor to form a part.
For this, we could not choose a better moment than the
present one, in which the Cultural
Society of Covadonga is releasing to the public the pressive
declaration of support of more than 1000 priests from all regions of
The important declaration by these one thousand priests shows that broad sectors of the clergy of our country are deeply worried about the Communist infiltration in Catholic circles, the omissions of the Spanish Episcopate, and the leftist or leftist tending tone of certain declarations by ecclesiastical personalities and the Catholic laity.
Among the 1061 signers of this declaration, who come
from all regions of
The originals of this declaration are in the possession of the Cultural Society of Covadonga. Notarized photocopies of the signatures may be seen at the main headquarters of the Society from Monday to Friday at the following hours: from to , from to The first edition of The Church of Silence in Chile having been sold out, the Cultural Society of Covadonga announces the publication soon of the book Leftism in the Church: Fellow Traveler of Communism in its Long Adventure of Failures and Metamorphoses, which was recently published in Uruguay and which is certain to have the same or even greater repercussions than the one on Chile.
THE CULTURAL SOCIETY OF COVADONGA
Lagasca 127, no. 1 derecha
Madrid 6, Spain
Jose Maria Rivoir Gomez,
Jose Luis de Zayas y Arancibia,