Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 10 June 8, 1938
The leaders of the Church, realising a loss of their power, identified themselves with a plot which at that time was the restoration of the Monarchy. With the Church in general in Spain, the procedure used was as follows:—Any priest showing Left tendencies was immediately driven out of the Church, and. In the majority of cases, excommunicated. The plot grew our of the hands, of the originators, as the world known today. On the 18th July, the Fascists had established military sections in various parts of the cities, but they considered that in the small towns and villages the priests would be able to control the population. For a few days they did, but eventually the people overcame many of these priests, not because they were priests but because they were members of a group that was opposing the constitutional rights they had established in February, 1936, by a democratic election.