New King is good for the RCC. Oh really?
WRITING for the Catholic Herald on June 20 following Felipe’s accession to the throne in Spain, Frank Pell declared:
This can only be a good thing for practising Catholics in Spain, as the King will likely make no comment regarding his country’s policy on gay marriage and abortion … nor is he likely to challenge the position which the Catholic Church still enjoys in Spain.
What planet is Pell on?
Most Spaniards today are totally indifferent to the Catholic Church and many have nothing but contempt for it. In 2010 I wrote a piece in which I pointed out that ex-Pope Ratzinger had voiced his displeasure over the fact that Spain was less Catholic now than at any time in its past, and he warned of an “aggressive anticlericalism” in Spain which he said was akin to that experienced during the 1930s.
Five days after Pell penned his piece, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia demonstrated just how far Spain has distanced itself from the Church by holding a reception that included the National Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals (FELGTB). This was the first time that the organisation had met a Spanish head of State.
Gay rights leader José María Núñez, President of Fundación Triángulo, said:
This invitation is a very good way to begin a reign. It sends out a message of normality and integration to the gay community.
The gathering took place inside the Pardo Palace, the same place where, back in 1954, dictator Francisco Franco signed an amendment to a law with the goal of including homosexuals on the list of “dangerous” individuals, along with “ruffians and procurers.”
Both Núñez and Boti García of FELGTB used the occasion to remind King Felipe and Queen Letizia that there were still “many forms of homophobia” inside and outside Spain, and Núñez said that Queen Letizia in particular demonstrated “intense empathy” throughout the meeting.
The comments section beneath Pell’s piece of flaccid nonsense was peppered with messages from outraged readers.
I am flabbergasted that the reputable Catholic Herald would publish such a facile and blatantly ignorant article on the accession of Philip VI. Philip VI, like his father before him, is NOT good for the church, quite the contrary.
His father, Juan Carlos completely delegitimized his reign by allowing the Left to trample on the rights and privileges of the Church, thereby failing in the oath he expressly took in 1975, and, especially in the 1970s and 80s, he definitely had the power and authority to at least shield her from attack, if not continue the historical privileges.
He pointed out that the Socialist Party is thinking of lifting the fiscal privileges the Church enjoys, particularly the exemption of property taxes.
Make no mistake, lifting those fiscal privileges will mean that the Church, as a ?juridical personage, will LOSE CONTROL OVER HER PROPERTIES. In Cordoba the local authorities are planning to expropriate the Cathedral. Juan Carlos said nothing, and neither will his son. Catholics should cease to defend the monarchy …
And this from “Maggie”:
How is he good news for the Church when he is married to a divorcee – who also (I believe) was living with a man when she met the future King?
Henry (apparently hankering after the Franco era) wrote:
To say that the new monarchs are “good news for the Church” is difficult to understand given the state of the Church in Spain. For many years the Church in Spain was a dominant institution in national affairs with churches well attended and, in many areas, attendance being almost obligatory. That all changed dramatically in the 1970s with the departure of the dictator.
Now the Church’s influence on social matters is very low and the wonderful cathedrals and religious processions in Spain have been reduced just to tourist attractions. What, therefore, is the reason for the ‘good news’ and what is ‘the position that the Catholic Church still enjoys in Spain’?
Two other readers lamented the absence of a religious dimension to the new King’s accession. “Adam” said:
I don’t see how it can be good for the Church when every mention and symbols of God, the Church, the Blessed Virgin, etc. were removed [at the ceremony].
“More Tea Vicar?” agreed:
I watched footage of the ceremony of King Juan Carlos I’s swearing-in as King of Spain 39 years ago on YouTube. There was a crucifix placed beside the crown and sceptre. There was also a Mass celebrated for the King and Queen of Spain shortly afterwards. There was an absence of the crucifix from King Felipe VI’s swearing-in. Unless I missed something, a Mass should follow their swearing-in.
And “Dave” pointed out:
One of her [Letizia’s] relatives gave an interview recently and described her as ‘secularist, red and republican’, which has been taken to mean she is an atheist or agnostic. That the Queen did not want her daughters going to Catholic formation classes first appeared in an online “news” (gossip) site last year and was picked up by some papers.