The Primate of Spain Denounces Governmental Totalitarianism

Source: FSSPX News

Mgr Francisco Cerro Chavez

The Primate of Spain has just publicly denounced government’s actions on matters of education as presided over by socialist Pedro Sanchez: “They claim to be democrats but their action is totalitarian,” writes the man of the Church.

Msgr. Francisco Cerro Chavez is Archbishop of Toledo, and, as such, Primate of Spain. In a letter published on January 17, 2021, the prelate returned to the recent adoption of an amendment to the education law.

“With a clearly ideological speech, the Minister of Education has taken up subjects which she presents as modern and which, however, are very old,” said Archbishop Cerro.

Regretting that “ideological interests take precedence over the true purpose of education,” the archbishop reminds rulers “that it is they who must guarantee the right of parents to educate their children in their own moral and religious convictions.”

“It is truly astonishing that those who call themselves democrats and demand freedom act in  such a ‘totalitarian’ manner when it comes to the educational sphere,” said the primate of Spain.

Called the Celaa Law, named after Minister of Education Isabel Celaa, this reform—which is intended as a marker of the motley left and far-left coalition in power—was approved by Parliament at the end of the year 2020.

The main grievance of the Spanish Catholic Church against the law is the suppression of “social demand,” which consists of the possibility for schools under contract to open new places if the demand exceeds its initial capacities.

With the new law, students will automatically be redirected to public schools, unless parents choose an out-of-contract school. This new provision is therefore seen as a serious obstacle to the development of independent schools.

“We are living through a deep anthropological crisis which manifests itself in an educational crisis: man is incapable of fully understanding himself and the world without Jesus Christ,” concludes Archbishop Cerro rightly.

It should be added that education, by natural law, is primarily the responsibility of parents, even before being regulated by the state. This regulation can only take place if the parents—or their substitutes—are detrimental to the education of their child.

We must therefore believe that, for the Spanish government, the education given by a Catholic school is a sufficiently serious detriment to be regulated. We are indeed in the presence of a notorious anticlerical totalitarianism.