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Strategy and Method in the Cursillo Movement

The birth of the Cursillo came about as the result of the preparations for the Great Pilgrimage of 1948 to Compostela, the tomb of St. James the Greater. These preparations began in 1941, with many workshops (called "Cursillos" - short courses) to form the Catholic Action leaders. The notion of a pilgrimage to God began [...]

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The Influence of Catholic Action on the Cursillo Movement

Ivan Rohloff reports that as far back as 1889, Pope Leo XIII set the stage for the Cursillo in his encyclical "Rerum Novarum." Leo urged the formation of a network of clerically led Catholic associations for social, benevolent, economic, and political purposes. His successors, Pope Pius X and Pius XI, wrote about Catholic Action. The [...]

By |2020-01-06T14:10:10-05:00June 6th, 1940|Story|Comments Off on The Influence of Catholic Action on the Cursillo Movement

The Nature of the Spanish Mentality

The Concordat with Roma had a profound effect upon the Cursillo Movement. It left the movement in a position of being unable to confront the government and unable to take strong positions on political and social issues. Another edit of Franco's government that would have future influence on the Cursillistas (members of the Cursillo) occurred [...]

By |2020-01-06T14:28:16-05:00February 6th, 1940|Story|Comments Off on The Nature of the Spanish Mentality

Spain’s Relationship With the Vatican

Pope Pius XI and his advisors were quite surprised at the fury of the anticlerical persecution. However, they had been watching the situation in Spain develop since 1931 and did expect conflict, but not with the anticlerical fury as described earlier in this work. The Holy See did make numerous protests, both public and private, [...]

By |2020-01-06T14:25:31-05:00January 6th, 1940|Story|Comments Off on Spain’s Relationship With the Vatican

The post-Civil War Atmosphere in Spain and the Rise of Franco

The Spanish Civil War ended in 1939. After this long period of more than five decades, we are now far removed from that conflict. In addition, the Spanish Civil War was overshadowed, historically, by World War I (1914-1918) and World War II (1939-1945). We might easily forget that the Spanish War had broad implications that [...]

By |2020-01-06T14:23:00-05:00March 7th, 1939|Story|Comments Off on The post-Civil War Atmosphere in Spain and the Rise of Franco

The History of Spain and the Cursillo Movement

Spain and the Cursillo Movement The Cursillo Movement was born in Spain in the 1940's, but to understand the movement in depth, one must understand Spanish history and the Spanish mentality, which have shaped Spanish culture. Spain, in the area of religion, made significant contributions to the Roman Catholic Church throughout the ages. A few [...]

By |2020-01-06T14:20:57-05:00June 28th, 1936|Story|Comments Off on The History of Spain and the Cursillo Movement