After the passage of Spain’s liberal abortion law in 2010 the government began subsidizing abortion on demand, providing it at no cost to the mother. Currently, however, the government owes nearly 5 million euros (6.5 million dollars) in missed payments to local clinics for abortion services and has been unable to make any promises on how it expects to pay its debts. In the city of Madrid alone, the Spanish government owes nearly 2.5 millon euros (3.3 millions dollars alone). Unable to make the payments, local clinics have been forced to foot the bill for the services they provide on their own given that abortion, until recently, was mandated by law as both free and on demand.The situation is the most complicated in Madrid, where private hospitals have been unable to pay their abortion bills for over year. Public hospitals are even further behind and there is no sign of catching up. Most abortion are conducted at private clinics however, and the question remains on how they have been able to cover the cost of the abortion services they provide without government funding.
The big picture is the following, given that the Spanish government is incapable of taking financial responsibility for it’s own liberal abortion laws, it is face with the very real possibility of having to either change the law, or to find another way to subsidize what the Spanish government cannot subsidize on its own. Either way, the abortion law in Spain is in danger of a major overhaul. This may be one of the main reasons behind the Minister of Justice’s recent decision to reinstate the previous law which governed abortion in the country and that was put in place in 1985. That law did not guarantee abortion as a right, and more importantly, did not guarantee that it would provided for free and on demand through the subsidies of the Spanish government.
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The gunman then turned the gun on himself as he knelt before the altar:
Madrid, Spain – A gunman walked into a Catholic church and killed a pregnant woman Thursday, then committed suicide, but emergency crews performed a C-section on the woman inside the church and saved the baby, a police official said.
Another woman sitting near the victim was wounded by a stray bullet in the shooting, which occurred just before a Mass at St. Mary’s Church in an upper-middle class neighborhood of Madrid, the National Police official said.
The pregnant woman was just days away from giving birth.
The official said preliminary investigations indicated there was no relation between the 34-year-old man and the 36-year-old woman he killed. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with department policy.
Neither the man nor the woman were named and the motive for the attack was not immediately known. But the newspaper El Mundo said the man knelt before the altar of the church before he shot himself in the head and that he used to be the woman’s boyfriend.
The paper gave no source, and it was not clear if the child was his. El Mundo said the baby delivered in the emergency procedure was a boy.
It quoted witnesses as saying the shooting occurred as dozens of people were getting ready for the evening Mass and the parish priest was getting his gown on to conduct the service.
No other details on the attack were immediately available.
And killed after only a mile into his journey. How very unfortunate:
A year earlier, he had been injured in a road accident and made a full recovery.
So the man decided to make a pilgrimage to a shrine to give thanks for his survival – only to be knocked down and killed by a car less than a mile into his trek.
The 40-year-old Spanish man died instantly after being hit by the vehicle just 20 minutes into his journey.
Two women walking with him were also killed in the accident.
The pilgrim left his home in the town of Ordes, in north-west Spain, on Saturday morning.
He planned to walk the 20 miles to Caion so that he could give thanks at the shrine of the Virgin Mary.
A spokesman for Ordes town hall told French news agency AFP: ‘He had been injured in a road accident a year earlier and wanted to give thanks to the Virgin Mary for making a full recovery.
‘But he was tragically hit by a car barely a mile into his journey and died instantly.
‘Two women walking with him, believed to be his aunts, were also killed.’
It is thought the three victims were making the journey as part of a group of six pilgrims.
An Ordes police spokesman said the driver of the car had probably fallen asleep at the wheel and that an investigation into the accident had been opened.
The above was here.
No text on this one, obviously… still, a key — indeed, unprecedented –
moment of this World Youth Day.
For the record, the Confessor-in-Chief of the hundreds who’ve filled the 200 booths at the “Festival of Forgiveness” in Madrid’s Retiro Park was able to celebrate Reconciliation with three penitents, according to the wires.
As an aside, at this morning’s Mass for Seminarians in the Spanish capital’s Almudena cathedral, Benedict XVI made a rare move, declaring the patron of the Spanish clergy — the 16th century preacher St John of Avila — a Doctor of the Church.
The group of the faith’s great teachers now comprising 34 members and stretching to the door of the 20th century, the last Doctor to be declared came in 1997, when Blessed John Paul II added St Therese of Lisieux — the “Little Flower” — to their number.
As the Carmelite was preceded in 1970 by the first female Doctors — Teresa of
Avila and Catherine of Siena — two of the last four to be named have hailed
The BBC reports:
Pope Benedict XVI has been greeted by a sea of supporters as he arrived to celebrate Mass at Madrid’s Almudena Cathedral.
He is in Spain for World Youth Day, a Catholic festival bringing together young pilgrims from around the world.
There have been several protests against the cost of the four-day visit, which comes at a time of high unemployment and spending cuts.
The event’s organisers say most costs will be met by the pilgrims themselves.
On Friday riot police confronted protesters in Madrid’s city centre, as priests and teachers hurried young Catholic pilgrims down side streets.
The protest began as the Pope, joined by hundreds of thousands of supporters, took part in a Way of the Cross procession, in memory of the crucifixion of Christ.
Before celebrating Mass at the cathedral with trainee priests, the pope heard confession from four young pilgrims in the city’s Retiro Park, where 200 temporary confessionals had been set up.
The main event on Saturday is an open-air prayer vigil in a military airfield on the outskirts of Madrid.
The BBC’s Sarah Rainsford says wherever the Pope goes hundreds of thousands of ecstatic Catholics are there to meet him.
Protesters were back out on the streets of Madrid on Friday
Up to a million pilgrims from across the world have gathered in the Spanish capital for events.
Celebrations for World Youth Day 2011 began on Tuesday evening with a giant open-air Mass where about 800 bishops, archbishops and cardinals- along with 8,000 priests – tended to the congregation.
The Pope arrived in Spain on Thursday and was greeted at Madrid’s Barajas airport by King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia. He has also meet Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero.
16 August 2011.
Vatican Radio reports:
Pilgrims are spending the morning registering with organizers and collecting their pilgrim kits, while throughout the day the parishes, oratories and institutes of the diocese are hosting catecheses and devotional prayer ahead of Mass at 8 this evening in Cibeles Square. Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to arrive on the 18th, and preside over the climactic events of World Youth Day, including the solemn Mass concluding WYD Madrid 2011 on Sunday the 21st.
The official World Youth Day site is here.
And there is a really nice flickr photo gallery going that can be checked out here.
A priceless 12-century manuscript, which contains Europe’s first travel guide, has been stolen from a safe in Spanish cathedral:
A priceless 12th-century illustrated manuscript containing what has been described as Europe’s first travel guide has been stolen from the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain.
The Codex Calixtinus, which was kept in a safe at the cathedral’s archives, is thought to have been stolen by professional thieves on Sunday afternoon.
Archivists did not notice its disappearance, however, until Tuesday, when the cathedral’s dean was told it was missing.
The local Correo Gallego newspaper reported that distraught cathedral staff spent hours searching for the manuscript before contacting police late that night.
“Although security systems have been improved considerably it is true to say that they are not of the kind one might find in a bank or a well-protected jewellers,” the newspaper reported.
Only five security cameras were used to watch the archive area, according to the newspaper, and none were pointing directly at the safe where the priceless manuscript was stored.
Police reportedly believe that a black market dealer in antique manuscripts may have commissioned the robbery.
The codex was rarely removed from its safe, with researchers wishing to study it generally being handed a copy kept at the same archive.
The 225 parchment pages include a guide to the pilgrimage routes to Santiago, apparently written by a French friar, Aimeric Picaud.
They also tell the story of how St James the Apostle’s body was supposedly transported from Judea on a raft without oars or sails, which swiftly crossed the Mediterranean and travelled north through the Atlantic before grounding in north-western Spain. From there it was supposedly dragged inland by two oxen, and the body was buried in a forest.
It was only eight centuries later, however, that locals began to claim the tomb of St James could be found there. Pilgrims eventually began to travel to the site, and an 11th-century pope declared that on certain years pilgrims could obtain plenary indulgence for their sins and so avoid purgatory.
The manuscript, apparently commissioned by Pope Calixtus II, helped popularise a pilgrimage that still attracts tens of thousands of people every year…
For more on the Codex self, Wikipedia has a page here.
During an interview on Madrid’s ELA Radio Atheists in Combat, a group representing a coalition of Spanish atheist groups made a public declaration of their intention to “punish” the Catholic belief, and to “damage” the views of Catholics.
Atheists in Combat went on to praise the burning of churches in 1936, and expressed their intention to “welcome” the Pope “as he deserves”, during the announced visit to World Youth Day which is to be held in Madrid this summer.
Several militant groups in Spain are planning sacrilegious actions against Catholics during Holy Week with the intention of perpetrating ‘hurtful action against the innermost feelings of Christians, around the passion and crucifixion of Christ.
In Madrid atheists plan a parallel procession to the traditional solemn Maundy Thursday procession. The so called Atheist Procession plans to mock the Stations of the Cross on one of the most sacred nights of the Catholic faith with public displays of sacrilege, around themes such as, ‘ Brotherhood of the Holy Paedophilia “ , the “Brotherhood of the Holy Larceny Papa’ [Google translation] and disgusting sexual references to Our Lady.
HazteOir.org, the Spanish website states that the public statements by Atheists in Combat and the Atheist Procession may constitute crimes of threats and insults to religious beliefs, all established in the Penal Code.
This Cathedral has been made up of reject bricks, broken tiles and is built entirely out of recycled materials:
It’s the sheer size of the structure that first strikes you. Almost 40 metres (131ft) tall, its spires and giant dome tower over the surrounding apartment blocks in this Madrid suburb.
That’s not unusual for a Spanish church. But this one is being built by an elderly man, almost single-handedly, out of junk.
Justo Gallego – or Don Justo, as he’s known – embarked on his epic endeavour almost half a century ago.
Now 85 years old, he still has a huge amount to do…
“I do it for faith. That’s clear, no?” the energetic octogenarian wonders, pausing to warm himself by an open fire.
“My mother was very pious. She taught me my faith and I love the Church. So I put everything into this.”
But as a printed statement on the wall declares, Justo Gallego is “not an architect or a bricklayer” and has “no training related to construction”…
His church has no planning permission or formal architectural plans. All the details, Justo says, are “in my head”.
Partly modelled on St Peter’s in the Vatican, Justo claims his construction also borrows from the White House, various castles and other Madrid churches. It’s an eclectic mix…
People have called me crazy and insulted me. But they’re ignorant,” Justo says defiantly, during a guided tour of his life’s work.
“When I look at what I’ve created, it overwhelms me and I give thanks to the Lord.”…
Do read the rest here.