“It happened, by an amazing chance, that a fellow-prisoner was a priest, to whom José Antonio was allowed access that he might be shriven. At dawn on the 20th of November, he bade farewell to his brother and was taken out into a courtyard to be shot. Prophetically anticipating the future plenitude of the movement he created, he stood to face the rifles with two Falangists on one side and two Requetés on the other. He gave a lusty cry of “Arriba España” and kissed the crucifix in humility. A moment later his body was dead.
That body now lies in a tomb before the High Altar of the Basilica of the Escorial, to which it was conveyed by thousands of Spaniards who carried the coffin on foot from Alicante.”
Catholic Action: Uses, Abuses and Excuses is the name of a seminal study written for The Saint George Educational Trust by Liam Connolly and published in booklet form in the late 1990’s.
The study highlights a fundamental incongruity between Catholic Action as defined by Pope Saint Pius X and the concept later promoted under the same name by Pope Pius XI.
The study struck a deep chord with Bishop Bernard Tissier de Mallerais of the Society of Saint Pius X and led to him publishing his own article on the subject, entitled Catholic Action Defined in the August 2003 edition of The Angelus magazine.
Suffice it to say that earning one’s salt requires Catholics in action, rather than Catholic inaction.
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If there is hope it lies in the Poles (with apologies to George Orwell and Winston Smith)