Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Opus Dei staffed Franco's regime that conducted the covert Spain's stolen babies and the families who lived a lie. 300,000 BABIES stolen

So the world is finally beginning to learn that the dictator Franco and his regime -- up to the 1990's under the current King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia who welcomed Benedict XVI recently for the World Youth Day in Madrid -- have conducted a covert operation of the theft and trafficking of thousands of babies by nuns, priests and doctors, read news below. Opus Dei founder St. Josemaria Escriva was Franco's "spiritual" adviser and his dictatorial regime was heavily staffed by Opus Dei members. One of the best evidence is the love letter St. Josemaria Escriva wrote to Franco on May 23, 1958.


It shows in this letter that Escriva was callous towards the murdered victims of Franco and their families. Escriva was interested only in establishing the Opus Dei in Spain and all over the world especially in Spanish Latin America. As long as Opus Dei could reside in the millionaires row and be part of the powerful elite of the government, and able to recruit the wealthiest and most educated and most of all those who controlled -- and oppressed -- the people, Escriva was indeed a fanatic obsessed with power and autocracy - just like Hitler.

Escriva established Opus Dei as the "superior Catholic race" -- to be above all Catholics, above all religious congregations, above especially the Jesuits. Escriva`s hatred for the Jesuits was well-known and he couldn't express it better than his famous dictum: "I would prefer a million times that a daughter of mine die without the Last Sacraments than that they be administered to her by a Jesuit".

Read the Letter to Pope John Paul II to protest Josemaria Escriva canonization. Facts and Irregularities of Escriva's canonization http://jp2m.blogspot.com/2011/04/odan-letter-to-pope-john-paul-ii-to.html

Benedict XVI also condoned the Franco Regime

Continuing John Paul's policy of packing the sainthood roster with ultraconservatives, Pope Benedict XVI beatified 498 Spanish "matryrs", the largest beatification in church history, consisting almost entirely of priests and nuns killed in Spain during the 1936-39 civil war. All these newly anointed had actively supported Franco's fascist Falangists, in many cases helping to single out and round out Republican supporters for execution. Benedict's action was viewed by many as a move against the liberal Spanish government that was waging a campaign to expose the atrocities of the Franco regime and pay reparations to Franco's victims.

The beatification ceremony for the 498 clergy drew protests in Rome from socialist Italian youth groups who argued that those "who have killed, tortured and exploited cannot be beatified." The demonstrators were physically assaulted by members of the reactionary Opus Dei, who sang praises to Spain's former fascist dictatorship. page 96-97 God and His Demons, see book link below.

John Paul II continued to denounce political involvement by reform-minded clergy and laity, while he supported the political activities of his reactionary associates who operated in ultraconservative seceretive organizations like Opus Dei. page 132, God and His Demons.

Spain's stolen babies and the families who lived a lie

Posted by Katya Adler
BBC News 0pc on October 18, 2011

Spanish society has been shaken by allegations of the theft and trafficking of thousands of babies by nuns, priests and doctors, which started under Franco and continued up to the 1990s.

I first met Manoli Pagador in Getafe, in a working-class suburb of Madrid. She was attending a meeting for people affected by the scandal Spaniards call "ninos robados" - stolen children.

She has three daughters and lots of grandchildren, but she has never got over the loss of her first-born - a son - nearly 40 years ago.

She had come to think she was crazy for believing he was alive, instead of dead and buried as hospital doctors had told her.

"Now," she said, gripping my hand tightly. "Look around the room at the other women here. All like me. The same background. The same experience. I'm not mad and my family finally believes me."

In 1971 Manoli, who was 23 at the time and not long married, gave birth to what she was told was a healthy baby boy, but he was immediately taken away for what were called routine tests.

Nine interminable hours passed. "Then, a nun, who was also a nurse, coldly informed me that my baby had died," she says.

They would not let her have her son's body, nor would they tell her when the funeral would be.

Did she not think to question the hospital staff?

"Doctors, nuns?" she says, almost in horror. "I couldn't accuse them of lying. This was Franco's Spain. A dictatorship. Even now we Spaniards tend not to question authority."

The scale of the baby trafficking was unknown until this year, when two men - Antonio Barroso and Juan Luis Moreno, childhood friends from a seaside town near Barcelona - discovered that they had been bought from a nun. Their parents weren't their real parents, and their life had been built on a lie.

Juan Luis Moreno discovered the truth when the man he had been brought to call "father" was on his deathbed.

"He said, 'I bought you from a priest in Zaragoza'. He said that Antonio had been bought as well."

The pair were hurt and angry. They say they felt like two dogs that had been bought at a pet shop. An adoption lawyer they turned to for advice said he came across cases like theirs all the time.

The pair went to the press and suddenly the story was everywhere. Mothers began to come forward across Spain with disturbingly similar stories.
'Approved families'

After months of requests from the BBC, the Spanish government finally put forward Angel Nunez from the justice ministry to talk to me about Spain's stolen children.

Asked if babies were stolen, Mr Nunez replied: "Without a doubt".

"How many?" I asked.

"I don't dare to come up with figures," he answered carefully. "But from the volume of official investigations I dare to say there were many."

Lawyers believe that up to 300,000 babies were taken.

The practice of removing children from parents deemed "undesirable" and placing them with "approved" families, began in the 1930s under the dictator General Francisco Franco.

At that time, the motivation may have been ideological. But years later, it seemed to change - babies began to be taken from parents considered morally - or economically - deficient. It became a money-spinner, too.

The scandal is closely linked to the Catholic Church, which under Franco assumed a prominent role in Spain's social services including hospitals, schools and children's homes.

Nuns and priests compiled waiting lists of would-be adoptive parents, while doctors were said to have lied to mothers about the fate of their children.

The name of one doctor, Dr Eduardo Vela, has come up in a number of victim investigations.

In 1981, Civil Registry sources indicate that 70% of births at Dr Vela's San Ramon clinic in Madrid were registered as "mother unknown".

This was legal under Spanish law, and was meant to protect the anonymity of unmarried mothers. It is alleged that this was also widely used to cover up baby theft and trafficking.

Dr Vela stands accused of telling women their babies had died when they had not and handing over those newborn children to other couples for cash.

A Spanish magazine published photographs of a dead baby kept in a freezer at the San Ramon clinic, supposedly to show mothers that their child had died.

He refused to give the BBC an interview. But, by coincidence, I had recently given birth at a clinic he founded, so I was able to book an appointment with him.

We met at his private practice in his home in Madrid. The man painted as a monster in the Spanish media was old and smiley, but his smile soon disappeared when I confessed to being a journalist.

Dr Vela grabbed a metal crucifix which had been standing on his desk. He moved towards me brandishing it in my face. "Do you know what this is, Katya?" he said. "I have always acted in his name. Always for the good of the children and to protect the mothers. Enough."

Dr Vela insists he always acted within the law.
Empty graves

After Franco's death in 1975, the major political parties agreed an amnesty to help smooth the transition to democracy.

But this amnesty law has never been repealed, so attempts to investigate Spain's baby trafficking as a national crime against humanity have been rejected by the country's judiciary and resisted by its politicians.

"Thirty-five years have passed since the death of the dictator… Evidently, we still have problems from the past. Social problems and personal or even cultural problems and the policy of this government has been trying to solve them," says the justice ministry's Angel Nunez.

The Spanish government's refusal to set up a national inquiry into the scandal has frustrated affected families, who in many cases are carrying out their own investigations, as best they can.

Babies' graves have been dug up across the country for DNA-testing. Some have revealed nothing but a pile of stones, while others have contained adult remains.

Spaniards have flocked to clinics to take DNA tests in the hope of reuniting their families.

The first few matches have now been made between so-called stolen children and their biological mothers. But there could potentially have already been so many more. Data protection laws prohibit DNA banks from sharing or cross-referencing data and the Spanish government has yet to fulfil its promise to set up a national DNA database.

Manoli Pagador is still tortured by the events of 40 years ago. She told me she has been taking medication ever since.

"You can't just say to yourself, I have to forget it and that's it.

"It's not something you forget, it's with you for the rest of your life."


Spain stolen babies - up to 300,000 taken

Euro Weekly News

UP to 300,000 babies in Spain were stolen from their mothers and sold for adoption since the 60s, according to unofficial figures quoted by Angel Nuñez of the Justice Ministry.

The number of cases could account for up to 15 per cent of total adoptions between 1960 and 1989 in Spain, according to experts.

The practice started during the Franco regime and continued for 15 years after his death until the early 1990s and involved a network of doctors and nurses linked to the Catholic Church.

Mothers – often young or unmarried – were told at hospitals and clinics their children had died soon or after birth, but these were sold on to childless Catholic couples with financial stability.

This was revealed in a new BBC documentary ‘This World: Spain’s Stolen Babies’ by journalist Katya Adler.

Several adoptive parents were not aware the babies had been stolen. Until 1987 Spanish hospitals controlled adoptions and not the government. Despite 900 cases currently under review, the government has not launched a national investigation into the case.

Katya Adler said: ‘There is very little political will to get to the bottom of the situation.’

In an interview with a woman, 89, featured in the documentary she admitted a priest encouraged her to fake a pregnancy so she could be given a baby girl due to be born at Madrid’s San Ramon clinic in 1969. ‘The priest gave me padding to wear on my stomach,’ she said.

In Malaga alone there have been more than 80 reports of possible ‘stolen babies’, most of them from the 60s and 70s, from families with limited resources.

Most of the babies were born at the Civil Hospital, although there are some reports of babies born at Carlos Haya and the hospitals in Ronda and Antequera. Many documents from the Civil Hospital were lost in floods in the eighties.

By John Jackson


Michael Parenti (Author)

The Spanish Royal Family Welcomes Pope Benedict XVI to Madrid

In This Photo: Pope Benedict XVI, Princess Elena, Prince Felipe, Queen Sofia, Infanta Elena, Princess Victoria, Infanta Leonor, Infanta Sofia, Princess Leitizia

Queen Sofia of Spain wearing yellow to match the Vatican flag. The King's tie was also in yellow of the Vatican flag while Benedict XVI wore white, the Vatican flag is manifested by these dictators.

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, the existing rulers of Spain that also aided and abetted the covert theft and trafficking of Spanish babies from the Franco regime to the 1990's

Read our related article Freak thunderstorm lashed at Benedict XVI & fanatic World Youth Day pilgrims in Madrid, forcing him to cut short his speech VIDEOS, PHOTOS http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2011/08/storm-lashes-at-benedict-xvi-and.html

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