Spanish Episcopal Conference

By | July 24, 2013

The bishops prefer not to have a direct representation, according to Presidency. A group of experts will consider turn the place into a space for reconciliation. Thus establishes it the law of historical memory. The Minister of the Presidency, Ramon Jauregui, confirmed Monday that the Spanish Episcopal Conference has decided at the last minute not to participate in the Committee of experts that will study the transformation of the Valle de los Caidos, a place of reconciliation, as he would do in the beginning. In press conference in La Moncloa following the first meeting of this Committee, Jauregui explained that he had spoken several times with the President of the Conference, Maria Antonio Rouco Varela, on this Committee, which had included the Emeritus Archbishop of Pamplona and Tudela, Fernando Sebastian. But at the last minute on Friday, the Episcopal Conference moved to the prria Government that there was no direct representation yours, so you have been excluded.

Jauregui, accompanied by the two Chairmen of the new entity, Virgilio Zapatero and Pedro Gonzalez-Trevijano, he indicated that the aim is that the Valle de los Caidos ceases to be a place of memory’s part, a monument to the war and the nacionalcatolicismo, to turn it into a place of reconciled memory, as laid down in the law on historical memory. This rule established that the cult will be maintained in the basilica, as well as the cemetery, but the Commission will not have more red lines and a report with its recommendations should be ready in five months. The Minister has been convinced that the professionalism and ideological plurality of the members of the Commission will make that report to be accepted by any Government. Exhumations as explained, the Commission shall establish a symbolism that dignified more than 33,800 people that there are buried by a memorial in the crypts or the central space and analyse requests for exhumation carried out the family. DNA tests will be made where possible the location and identification of the remains, but pointed out that the forensic report said that in the vast majority of cases it would be extremely complex. Experts will also have to study the case of bodies Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera and Francisco Franco because they must analyze what to do with the symbology that can exalt the civil war and the Francoist repression, has been added.

The objective is that the Valle de los Caidos becomes a place of memory alive, with exhibitions and activities educational s without vindictive pretension or confrontation, and that it is also a Center for research on the consequences of the civil wars. The Commission must resolve what will now be the managing body of the Valley – it’s national heritage – and reformulate the relationship with the Benedictine community to ensure the religious use of the temple. Has not been raised, according to noted Jauregui, remove the large cross that presides over the monument. Source of the news: the Episcopal Conference dissociates itself from the Commission to transform the Valle de los Caidos


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