[quote="HabemusFrancis, post:1, topic:324632"]
I wodner if the Holy See woudl ever consider canonizing Fransisco Franco?
Though he gets much flack, he did help keep Spain from being taken over by godless socialists. He defended the Cahtolic faith and allowed it to flourish in splendour from 1939-1975.
His rule also made possible the Opus Dei of St. JoseMaria Escriva.
I know there were some questionable human rights stuff, but it was a "different time" as they say. Any thoughts?
Are you out of your mind? Francisco Franco may have beaten the Communists, but that in and of itself does not warrenty sainthood.
In fact, Franco was far from being a saint! Yes he supported the Church, but during his mis-rule of Spain there was horrible poverty because of his policies, and people starved to death. Because of this, there was wide spread prostitution of both sexes as well as rampant abortion. Technically, both were against the law, but this was largely ignored by the people and was not enforced by the authorities, and crime was rampant throughout the country. The Guardia Civil "kept the lid on" Spanish society and there was a total absence of personal freedom. Many, many people simply disappeared-and not just those who fought on the Republican side!
Last of all, he supplied Hitler with an Army Division of troops, called the Blue Legion. These troops fought bravely but ineffectually on the Russian front. Very few of these men lived to return to Spain.
All in all, such people and/or leaders are not made Saints by the Catholic Church.