In a letter published on January 11, 2020, the vice-president of the Spanish Bishops’ Conference warns the faithful against the direction new far Left coalition government wants to take.
Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, former prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, is now Archbishop of Valencia and Vice-President of the Spanish Episcopal Conference.
The high prelate does not mince his words in the face of the new coalition government led by Pedro Sanchez, whom he sees as having created a situation “more critical” than anyone could have imagined: “an essentially Marxist form of Communism which seemed to have been wiped out after the fall of the Berlin Wall has risen from the ashes, and that is what will surely preside over the destiny of Spain,” he wrote on January 11 in a letter published by the Archdiocese of Valencia.
The Cardinal also warns against the advent of an “intellectual orthodoxy” of an “absolutist” and “authoritarian” nature, drawing a parallel with the situation in Latin American countries: “at times, I end up thinking that what has happened in certain South American countries, for example in Venezuela (with the advent of Chavismo, a renaissance of Bolivarian socialism—editor’s note), is what is now taking place in the chamber of the Spanish parliament.”
On January 8, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez was invested by the Cortes and declined taking the oath on the Bible and the Crucifix. It was a strong gesture that surprised no one since the head of government finds himself at the head of a motley coalition, a catch-all in which are found several parties of the far Left which are all united in their burning hatred of Christianity, the Catholic Faith, and the natural order.
Moreover, Pedro Sanchez makes no secret of his corrupting and transgressive program: legalization of euthanasia, imposition in schools of “sex education” as revised to include gender ideology, spoliation of property belonging to the Church, suppression of Catholic chaplains in hospitals and other public establishments, and so forth.
We can better understand the serious tone in which Cardinal Canizares concludes his letter: “With great pain, I must tell you and warn you that I have perceived an attempt to make Spain cease to be 'Spain'.”