Carmen Calvo, the Spanish Ministry of the Presidency, Relations with the Cortes and Democratic Memory, hopes to dissolve the foundation of the Holy Cross managed by the Benedictines of Los Caidos, Spain, created eighty years ago, in order to perpetuate the memory of General Franco and the victims of one of the bloodiest civil wars that the country has known.
Are “democratic memory” and damnatio memoriae synonymous? This is a subject about which Carmen Calvo would benefit from discussing.
The bill presented on September 15, 2020 by the socialist minister, stipulates that “the valley of Los Caidos will henceforth be considered as a place of democratic memory and a civil cemetery. The Foundation of the Holy Cross must be dissolved and all previous legislation abrogated.”
“The Benedictines’ foundation no longer makes sense,” says Carmen Calvo, presenting her bill to parliamentarians. “It is a law for us all to meet, to recognize the justice and peace that the families of the victims need,” she adds.
A peace that will not really be seen much, because the project plans to proceed with the exhumation of “victims of the civil war and the Franco regime,” in order to transfer them to the new site of the “democratic memory.”
The bodies of the nuns taken from their coffins, outraged by the soldiers of the Republican army –whose photographs have toured the world—will they have their place in Carmen Calvo’s selective memory? The question needs to be asked.
The transformation of Los Caidos into a cemetery managed directly by the National Heritage, and not by the Church, still requires the consent of the Church.
But the far-left government chaired by Pedro Sanchez does not have much to worry about on that side, given the deafening silence of the Spanish Catholic hierarchy when it came to defending the maintenance of General Franco’s sepulcher it original place.
“We would not be a great democracy if we were not able to face our own past with justice, courage and prudence,” concluded the Minister of the Presidency.
The Spanish socialists could never accept that they were stopped in their bloodthirsty revolution which left thousands of martyrs. Their anti-Catholic hatred is still intact. And since they couldn't defeat the living, they take revenge on the dead ... and on history. Indeed, the new law must also prevent using public funds to finance institutions glorifying Francoism.