Religion: Franco Picks a Primate

Franco got round last week to giving Spain a primate, elevated the Bishop of Salamanca (whose palace he used as a headquarters during the Civil War) to the long-vacant Archbishopric of Toledo. Unlike the usual announcement of a major Catholic appointment, the news came not from Rome but Madrid. Four days later the Vatican confirmed it, explained Franco had picked one of the three candidates whose names it submitted. What the sequence of bulletins also indicated was how completely Franco had won his fight for the right to appoint Spanish prelates.


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