The Hemisphere: French Accent

Hispanidad is a curious, almost indefinable doctrine. Its present-day adherents preach that only by a spiritual union of the New World's Spanish-speaking countries with Roman Catholic Mother Spain can mankind be saved from godless Communists and heretical Anglo-Saxons. In Argentina, where the Peron regime until recently made much of its close kinship with Spain, the doctrine has won many a convert. But last week, hard on the heels of the failure of Argentina's trade agreement with Spain (TIME, April 25), a distinguished Argentine cleric was calling Hispanidad a lot of nonsense.

The priest was energetic Father Hernan Benitez, graduate dean of...

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