Dignity & beauty….
This is quite a fascinating liturgical photo:
CLANDESTINE MASS IN BARCELONA DURING THE SPANISH WAR (1936-1939)
Father McDonald,A very dignified celebration of Mass, ad orientem. When I was in college I wrote a paper (over 100 pages) on Anti-Clericalism in the Spanish Civil War. The left was absolutely vicious in its brutality towards the Catholic clergy. Quite shocking in a country that was historically Catholic. I guess the French Revolution was the precedent for that sort of behavior.
"Mine Were of Trouble," a biographical account of a Brit who went to Spain to fight on the Nationalist side against the communists.https://www.thepostil.com/a-nationalist-account-of-the-spanish-civil-war
DJR,Thanks for sharing that interesting article. By the way, I wrote my paper in the 1970s and there were plenty of scholarly works at the time which did not paint the Left in Spain in a friendly light. I agree that many in the media favored the Republicans but the Nationalists did get their positions out. There were Catholic writers who chronicled the murders of Catholic priests and nuns by the Republicans. There was much more media competition in those days, unlike the largely leftwing echo chamber we have now.
I found the book fascinating. Two tangential topics to the civil war I find intriguing: 1. The life of Kim Philby (mentioned in the book).2. The alleged apparitions in Ezquioga (almost no one knows about them), surrounded by a lot of controversy and which were never approved by the hierarchy. However, some of the predictions made there came to pass quite accurately.We will know the truth on the last day.
Read GIRONELLA 1. The Cypresses Believe in God and 2. One Million Dead. The Reds, as the liberals today, were indiscriminate in persecuting: priests and nuns. Some maintain that the number of Spanish religious martyrs exceeds the number killed in Russia by the Bolsheviks.
One of my most favorite and influential high school instructors ran away to fight in the Spanish Civil War at a very young age. He became ill, nearly died, and was sent back to Canada that was apparently close enough to Tennessee in the minds of the Spaniards. On the boat he recovered enough to enlist in the Canadian RAF who loaned him to the real RAF who also taught him to fly. He flew against Germany in North Africa until the Americans showed up. He was repatriated and flew on the southern offensive in Italy. Everyone in town still addressed him as Major Duncan and he retained sharp vision, sharper wit, and incredible knowledge of aviation, one of the primary subjects he taught. He always wore a coat and bow tie, very curly hair and could handle himself with even the most unruly student.
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