>Sometime between late Saturday night and early yesterday morning, around 20 churches in Barcelona were defaced by an anarchist group commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Semana Trágica (“Tragic Week”) between July 25 and August 2, 1909. During that week, churches and convents were burned and bodies disinterred by the usual culprits of such things in Spain – anarchists, communists, etc. – in a frenzy of anti-clericalism and rioting that paralyzed Barcelona. Ultimately, overly-harsh methods were used to put down the rioters and the event became a tragedy both for the Church and for those on the Left who paid for their lawlessness with their lives.
In this weekend’s action, in addition to the graffiti sprayed across church facades, some of the churches’ doors were glued shut with silicone to prevent anyone from entering. Pamphlets left by the group claiming responsibility indicated that part of their effort was to prevent mass from taking place, as described by the Spanish daily ABC:
The object of the group, according to the pamphlet, was to impede the Sunday mass on the same day, July 26th, on which began “a tragic week for the Church and the State, but which for thousands of people signifies moments of rebellion, community, dignity, and initiation.” It adds, in full revolutionary delirium: “Although in the houses of worship there are more tourists than believers, the Catholic hierarchy continues to impose its moral hypocrisy.” The parish churches contacted by ABC confirm that the Sunday masses were celebrated normally, and that the majority of the faithful did not even notice the graffiti.
[Rough translation by yours truly.]
There are a number of long-standing hatreds in Spain, between one group or faction and another, which have frequently boiled over into actual fighting. Most are familiar with the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939, but truthfully Spain has had many civil wars throughout its history – they are simply not referred to as such. Oftentimes the Church in Spain, sometimes eagerly and ill-advisedly, sometimes not, has found itself in the middle of these conflicts. However, it is rather pathetic that, despite the triumph of secularism and socialism in formerly Catholic Spain to such a significant and disturbing degree, the Left in Spain continues to hate the Church to such an extent that it feels the need to stomp upon it.