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(en) Anti-clericalism as an anti-fascist position: Cnt newspaper by Julio Reyero (ca, pt)

Date Fri, 31 Jul 2020 08:34:37 +0300


Madrid - Illustration by Pau Molera - Excerpted from CNT nº 423, Other looks section ---- The Church is another of the power structures. It doesn't matter when you read this. And not by maintaining a certain invisibility does it cease to exist. The problem is that today not only does the blue-green parliamentary color range defend its precepts, but there is practically no opposition in the entire political sphere. ---- Of course there are rougher postures than others. For example, attempts to tighten the penal code, both for women who abort and for those who collaborate, have been constant from Gallardón to the neo-Francoists of Vox. For years this topic has been on a table distributed by fanatic groups indirectly inviting to vote for this formation, since it is the one that best defends the religious precepts that they select appropriately from the Bible.

Feeding the beast
With a little stomach and a lot of black humor you can visit the Hazteoir website, watch 13tv or listen to the Cope, to see who has been feeding the brown beast for years and how little is said. It should be remembered that 13TV, perhaps the most dedicated chain in propagating extreme reactionary ideas, has been 9 years with average annual losses of 10 million euros, a situation that in any company would lead to technical bankruptcy. In this case the Episcopal Conference has been dealing with "assisted breathing" financially speaking. This should undoubtedly lead us to affirm that, today, the best anti-fascism that can be raised is a sharp criticism of the structures of Catholic Christianity, something that would be much easier to do were it not for the attitude of parties and organizations from left,

We have seen a councilwoman from Madrid apologizing to the archbishop for the protest in a university chapel that brought her to trial, also placing people linked to Cáritas in positions of responsibility or washing Father Ángel's past starring in a dinner for the poor in the City Hall of Madrid by the former mayor Carmena, actions that come to confirm, unfortunately, what we are pointing out. How few remember the appointment of Ana Botella as Honorary President of Messengers of Peace, a fact that represented like no other the good historical relations of that priest with the upper echelons of the PP of Aznar. But come on, we are not discovering Atlantis. Some press headline refers directly to "the Christian sectors of PSOE and United We Can."

The church and Francoism
The works of historical memory around the 1936 counterrevolution with the consequent Francoist repression have been one of the points where the seams have creaked. And they have done so because the historical reality, however interpretable it may be, is also sometimes stubborn. It takes time to make the Church in this matter pass as a neutral entity between victims and executioners, if not directly as a victim of the fiercest anticlericalism, something that supposes a historical revisionism at the height of the Holocaust deniers. There are photographs, written documents and hundreds of unquestionable testimonies in dozens of published books that place their priests and bishops promoting, financing,

If we want to face the threat of the extreme right more effectively, the most intelligent thing is not to abandon the belligerent attitude against its material and ideological source.

For this reason, it is atrocious to contemplate the Archbishop of Valladolid in an act of tribute to the victims of Francoism promoted by the city's left-wing parties. Not as a sign of repentance for the collaboration in the murders of the institution he represents, no, but as a death official who passed by there to a funeral act where the main message is that we get along well with our executioners. And this happens while the last stronghold defending tributes to the dictator is a Benedictine abbey.

Within this generalized behavior, it must be recognized that something is moving (I dare not say "changing"). The transfer of Franco's remains is now followed by the intention of removing the religious from Cuelgamuros, something that cannot be applauded as the first step in the complete transformation of the compound or its direct demolition (you always have to contribute ideas). There has been talk of transferring them to Paracuellos del Jarama to continue their activity, in their own words, in favor of "those who have fallen for God and for Spain", which is still an excess of sarcasm that comes to laugh again at the victims. It is also not surprising that Monsignor Reig Plá, Bishop of Alcalá de Henares, offered them shelter. Not too many years ago a photograph of him was published in a religious service for the Brotherhood of the Martyrs of Paracuellos with the Francoist flag next to the altar. And with memory (or with a little time in any search engine), we will find hateful flushing statements against the LGTB collective, feminism, etc., but of which they do not intervene the prosecution, of course. What does surprise a little more is knowing that Convergencia i Unió avoided with an amendment to the Historical Memory Law the liquidation of the managing foundation of the Valley of the Fallen. The Benedictine brothers of Montserrat thus came to the aid of the people of Madrid, using the party as a transmission belt for their interests. Yes, the same ones who organized masses for independence. And with memory (or with a while in any search engine), we will find hateful flushing statements against the LGTB collective, feminism, etc., but of which they do not intervene the prosecution, of course. What does surprise a little more is knowing that Convergencia i Unió avoided the liquidation of the Valle de los Caídos managing foundation with an amendment to the Historical Memory Law. The Benedictine brothers of Montserrat thus came to the aid of the people of Madrid, using the party as a transmission belt for their interests. Yes, the same ones who organized masses for independence. And with memory (or with a while in any search engine), we will find hateful flushing statements against the LGTB collective, feminism, etc., but of which they do not intervene the prosecution, of course. What does surprise a little more is knowing that Convergencia i Unió avoided the liquidation of the Valle de los Caídos managing foundation with an amendment to the Historical Memory Law. The Benedictine brothers of Montserrat thus came to the aid of the people of Madrid, using the party as a transmission belt for their interests. Yes, the same ones who organized masses for independence. What does surprise a little more is knowing that Convergencia i Unió avoided the liquidation of the Valle de los Caídos managing foundation with an amendment to the Historical Memory Law. The Benedictine brothers of Montserrat thus came to the aid of the people of Madrid, using the party as a transmission belt for their interests. Yes, the same ones who organized masses for independence. What does surprise a little more is knowing that Convergencia i Unió avoided the liquidation of the Valle de los Caídos managing foundation with an amendment to the Historical Memory Law. The Benedictine brothers of Montserrat thus came to the aid of the people of Madrid, using the party as a transmission belt for their interests. Yes, the same ones who organized masses for independence.

Francoism was not national-Catholic by chance and patriarchy has been and continues to be justified by religion as a favorite son.

There has also been a public debate about making the church pay the ibi and other taxes on buildings and businesses that they own that are not destined for worship, and in line with this, the buildings and land that they stole under the method of unregistration were being reviewed. . Looking back and knowing the interest of the political government (not the real one, the economic one), I very much doubt that these measures are carried out, but rather that they will surely constitute a deterrent threat, which any psychopath of presidential office would Because that relationship of patronage of the church with the extreme right does not escape either Pedro or Pablo, and they have perfectly seen with good eyes the strategy of threatening the cassocks to weaken those of Abascal.

Being this way, staying in a feint, perhaps it is even the best thing that can happen to us. Do not repeat Zapatero's feat of charging them VAT. On that occasion, after three threats of sanction from the European Union to the Spanish government for keeping the church exempt from that tax, they were forced to pay. But the collection of those 30 million euros was expensive. To compensate, the amount of the personal income tax box was raised from 0.5 to 0.7, which meant that the Episcopal Conference increased the collection over the previous year by more than 70 million. The smile at a press conference by his spokesman, Martínez Camino, was the perfect summary of the operation.

If we want to face the threat of the extreme right more effectively, the most intelligent thing is not to abandon the belligerent attitude against its material and ideological source. Francoism was not national-Catholic by chance and patriarchy has been and continues to be justified by religion as a favorite son. For this reason, it is possible that this relationship of governments that call themselves progressive with those who endanger the life and liberty of the most socially exploited groups is not understood, but it must be understood that power, of any kind, always seeks social peace. above justice, and pulpits continue to be a quality tool for this

https://www.cnt.es/noticias/anticlericalismo-como-posicion-antifascista/
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