The inauguration of socialist Pedro Sanchez on January 7, 2020 marks the coming to power of a coalition government that includes the far left. The Catholic Church, notwithstanding the pledges given during the exhumation of General Franco, is now more than ever in the sights of the new executive.
“We are facing a critical situation in Spain, there is urgency for the future of the Church; it’s time to pray: the renovation of the Church cannot be done without praying.” Cardinal Antonio Canizares, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Vice-President of the Conference of Bishops of Spain (EEC) did not hide his concern, on the eve of the inauguration of Pedro Sanchez at the head of the government, January 7, 2020.
The Socialist Prime Minister is now free to form a new coalition government with the extreme-left party, Podemos. Given that on January 7, Pedro Sanchez obtained 167 favorable votes from the Deputies, while 165 voted against his investiture at the head of the government, and that 18 abstained.
A tenuous margin which suggests a legislature rich in twists and turns for the socialist, at the head of the first executive coalition in the country since the passing of General Franco in 1975.
What leaves no room for doubt, however, is the clearly anti-Catholic character of the new coalition, which has made the suppression of catechism classes and the challenging of the Church’s right of ownership over religious buildings, his pet subject.
Thus, just three days before his inauguration, Pedro Sanchez displayed his colors: “In a non-confessional state, it is unthinkable that a religion is above the law or enjoys privileges that undermine the principle of equity. For this reason, the government will make the appropriate legislative changes, notably to facilitate the recovery of property wrongly registered by the Church.”
Something that worries the EEC chaired by Cardinal Ricardo Blazquez, Archbishop of Valladolid: “Yes, due to the current situation, I am very perplexed and the future seems very uncertain to me. I ask the Lord to assist the new government in its administration, but I remain concerned,” declared the high prelate.
Did the Conference of Bishops of Spain believe that its collaboration with Pedro Sanchez during the exhumation of the remains of General Franco would be likely to constitute a pledge of sufficient benevolence? This was without counting the aggressiveness of the PSOE and Podemos, loyal offshoots of the Spanish Republicans, united by a hatred of Catholic Spain that has remained intact.