Was the Portuguese dictator António de Oliveira Salazar a Catholic statesman or a Fascist despot? What should Catholics think of him? Should he be held up for emulation as a model for Catholic rulers or should he be condemned as an enemy of the peoples’ liberties? I would be very interested to get your opinions.
Here’s a fairly comprehensive wikipedia profile of the man:
I can’t find any critique of his regime from a Catholic standpoint but this is an interesting article from a ‘pro’ perspective:
Salazar and his goddaughter, at Fatima, in the Chapel of the Apparitions, on 7 September 1951.
**On 17 May 1959, the day when the monument of Christ the King was inaugurated and blessed, Mgr Sezinando hands President Salazar and his government ministers the text of Portugal’s national consecration to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, which would be pronounced during the ceremony. **
According to wikipedia:
The Sanctuary of Christ the King (Portuguese: Cristo-Rei) is a Catholic monument and shrine dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ overlooking the city of Lisbon, Portugal. It was inspired by the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and inaugurated on 17 May 1959. At that time, Portugal was being ruled by the authoritarian President of the Council António de Oliveira Salazar, and it was on his orders that the Cristo-Rei was built.