Spain: Warning from the Church

"We are now aware," said Father Laurel at Barcelona's Monastery of Sarriá, "that to follow the principles of the Gospel and of the Vatican Council to their utmost meaning in our country, one may come under the definition of 'unlawfulness.' But this does not frighten us. Jesus Christ was the first to go against the law—against the law of the Caesars, of the Jews and of occupying powers."

Rare words for a Catholic priest, and rarer still for a Catholic priest in Spain, where the church has always hewed closely to the gospel according to Franco. But last week throughout...

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