Spanish bishops broke decades of silence at the weekend to apologise for the killing of 14 priests by Francisco Franco's troops during the civil war, asking forgiveness for the church's collusion with the dictator's cause
The bishop of Vitoria celebrated a memorial service in the cathedral of the Basque regional capital yesterday to mark the execution 73 years ago by Francoist troops of 14 priests who had never received a funeral, and whose deaths were never officially recorded.
"The silence with which officials of our Church surrounded the deaths of these priests is not justifiable nor acceptable for much longer," Bishop Miguel Asurmendi said during the service that was attended by two other bishops and 200 priests. "Such a long silence was not only a wrongful omission, but a lack of truth and an act against justice and charity, for which we ask pardon," the bishop added.
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