Publicado: Tue, 24 Nov, 2015

Magazine La Quincena

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tomada de internetEncouraged by the Basque priest Ignacio Biaín, it was undoubtedly the Catholic best publication during the republican stage. Thanks to the missing Father Fernando De la Vega Benson, I had access to almost all the complete collection that he stored in his parish of Montserrate and I was really impressed. For that reason, La Quincena was called the Catholic Bohemia.

My previous references of it were the worst. They came from the Aclaraciones section edited by Blas Roca at Noticias de HOY and they were not precisely objective. So soon I began to thumb through it, I found it evident. It was not only an interesting magazine, but it also dealt the different matters and many social evils existing in Cuba at the time with responsibility.

La Quincena let people know the results of the investigations carried out by the Catholic University Grouping ACU, including the study about the imperious necessity of an Agrarian Reformation that served as a foundation to the first Law in this respect, promulgated by the Revolutionary Government in May, 1959. Far from the image promoted by Blas, the magazine was always a vanguard to the social critic, without indulgences of any nature with the Régime of Batista.

Those Catholic university youths, José Ignacio Rasco, Andrés Valdespino, Mario Parajón, Pura del Prado among many others, were fully aware of the necessity of changes that demanded the country. They said Cardinal Arteaga Bethancourt about their intention of founding a democratic Christian Party, but he did not agree arguing that better than a Party of Catholics, it was the presence of Catholics in all the Parties.

This decision, blundered at a long term, facilitated to the Movement 26 de Julio, headed by Fidel Castro, who had a Jesuit formation, to increase their membership with Christian valuable youths, as Oscar Lucero, Frank País and Pastorita Núñez , inter alia.

The Quincena, as the immense majority of the Cuban publications warmly supported the arrival to the Power of Commander in Chief Fidel Castro in 1959, including his first laws. As the communist penetration was winning space, starting from 1960, the magazine of that Franciscan great priest whose honestly critical contribution was put aside, in favor of the apologetic deplorable press that we suffer.

To complete this priest’s valuation, it is worth to remember that, according to testimony of the also Basque priest Xavier Arzuaga, in his book The Galley of the Death, in 1959 Commander Ernesto Che Guevara was shown to be interested in contacting with some Basque religious present in Havana, one of them was in fact the Franciscan Father Ignacio Biaín, a bond that Arzuaga didn’t foment.



Rogelio Fabio Hurtado.

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