The Catholic Church and the Spanish Civil War

June 16, 2010

The fundamental study by a Benedictine monk on the role of the Catholic Church in the Spanish Civil War, Hilari Raguer’s Gunpowder and Incense, translated by Gerald Howson, can now be read in its entirety online. “The history of the Catholic Church in Spain,” Paul Preston writes in the prologue,

parallels that of the country itself. Almost every major political upheaval of an especially turbulent period had its religious back-cloth and a crucial, and usually reactionary, role for the Church hierarchy. For that reason alone, this work by Hilari Raguer would be hailed as an important historical milestone by a great historian writing at the height of his powers. However, it is much more.

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