By A. Brassloff
An exam of the Spanish Church in transition over fresh many years, because it spoke back to far-reaching societal swap. Having disengaged from Francoism, it embraced democracy yet came across itself a little bit at odds with numerous features of the modernisation of Spain, the continuing technique of secularisation and the 'supermarket' method of doctrine of its personal club. In its aim of conserving effect, its common technique of alliances with secular - political and socio-economic - strength teams turned unnecessary in a society no longer lots adverse as detached to institutionalised faith. The demanding situations dealing with the Spanish Church are put within the context of Vatican and grassroots Church advancements in addition to in the sweep of Spanish heritage.
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It has even been claimed, perhaps cynically, 50 and that some of the bishops seemed to be hedging their bets so as to cover two eventualities: remaining faithful to Francoism themselves in case the regime survived, but allowing some leeway to their more progressive priests, in case political circumstances changed and there was a need to show that the Church too had changed. HOAC and JOC lost their main protector when in 1966 the ageing Cardinal Pla y Deniel was replaced as President of Catholic Action by the highly reactionary Archbishop Casimiro Morcillo, now of Madrid.
Like other conservative forces in the Catholic world, Spanish prelates were appalled by the example of a `runaway' Church in Holland, by Ân (Colombia) meeting in 1968 of Latin American bishops the Medellõ which heralded the widespread diffusion of liberation theology, by the ongoing Christian-marxist dialogue, and by the Vatican's Ostpolitik. The civil rights movements in the United States, the May 1968 Â ve Â nements e in France and upheavals in Western Europe generally threw up the concept of `contestation' to authority and served as a background to what was thought at the time might lead to the break-up of the established political, economic and social order.
During the crisis years of Catholic Action, it was probably beyond the capability of most bishops to understand their clergy and laity, let alone support them against Franco's repression. The appointment of 72 of them had been made between 1942 and 1962, when relations between Church and State were closest and running at their smoothest; vacant dioceses had been filled rapidly and the two nuncios of this period, Mgr Cicognani and Mgr Antoniutti, shared the Spanish bishops' support for the Spanish regime and the part they played in it.
Religion and Politics in Spain: The Spanish Church in Transition, 1962-96 by A. Brassloff