Joseph Pearce recalls the extraordinary life of Roy Campbell, who hid St John of the Cross’s letters from anticlerical Spanish militiamen. As you read Pierce’s piece, recall that here in the good old U S of A, people were led to believe that the good guys in this war were the ones that murdered priests, brothers, nuns, and Catholic laity. The bad guys, according to this liberal mythology, were men like Francisco Franco and other Catholics like the Carlists.
For more on this war, read:
- Spain’s Crusade, 1936-39 by Gary Potter
- The Good Will Be Martyred: Portraits of Sanctity from the Spanish Civil War by Sister Maria Philomena, M.I.C.M.
- The Cypresses Believe in God: Spain on the Eve of Civil War – A Novel