The Hispanist Temptation

Originally Published by: LA ESPERANZA July 25, 2021

The Cross of Burgundy, a representation of the Cross of Saint Andrew, has secularly symbolized the Catholic Monarchy, the true name of the Hispanic Monarchy. It landed in Castile at the hands of Felipe the Handsome, who married Queen Juana, thus becoming a Spanish heraldic and vexillological heritage since the beginning of the sixteenth century. Coats of arms, flags, scripts or banners have had it as an essential element ever since, particularly in Army Regiments. The Traditionalist Communion began to adopt it especially during the Second Republic, linked to the Requetés [military members of the Carlist organization], later passing –by force of the Unification imposed by General Franco– to the symbology of the National Movement, though appearing without the yoke and arrows, dominant as a symbol of the Falange in post-war Spain. It was the true Traditionalist Communion that continued to wave it with sacrifice and that is why it has been seen to this day as a symbol of Carlism. In addition to the Arms of the legitimate Kings of Spain, with the Sacred Hearts between the first two quarters.

Years ago, in the Overseas Possesions, certain groups began to display Burgundy crosses in various demonstrations. At the same time, an ideologized indigenism of a clear revolutionary matrix was overflowing, unaware of the obvious fact that the Crown always protected the Indians, while the Republics that emerged from secession harassed and annihilated them. That Neo-Hispanism symbolized by the waving of the flags with the Burgundian crosses requires, however, beyond the rejection of the Black Legend [the historiographical tendency which consists of anti-Spanish and anti-Catholic propaganda], some distinction.

We have, in the first place, the true Hispanic traditionalists, to a large extent articulated around the different Circles that the Traditionalist Communion has scattered throughout the world and that recognize Don Sixto Enrique de Borbón as their Standard Bearer. Its traditionalism is integral, catholic and political. That is why they are faithful to the Holy Catholic, Apostolic and Roman Church, without modernist contaminations, and to the legitimist and anti-liberal Hispanic monarchical tradition, that is, Carlist.

Next, some appear who understand the value of the monarchy as a vector of unity, and manage to see the disaster of the disintegration caused by the independences, led by Masonic founding fathers at the service of England. But that, nevertheless, fail to embrace traditional Catholic doctrine in its entirety, due to faltering, sometimes religiously (particularly the esoteric temptation) and other times politically (usually linked to fascistic nostalgia, but sometimes also liberal, such as the adherence to the current usurping pseudo-monarchy).

Thirdly, there are others who consider themselves Hispanists, but who do not overcome nationalism and consequently insist on a contradictory non-Spanish Hispanism, fundamentally anti-traditional and frequently riddled with modern mystifications of a fascistic type.

Between these last two groups there are some subspecies. But in all cases the incomprehension of the integrity of the Tradition prevails, which is only found in Carlism, since it is committed to the service of the Church and the federative and missionary monarchy. This is, in the terminology of one of our contemporary theorists, Professor Francisco Elías de Tejada, the christianitas minimus that extends the christianitas minor provided by the Spains after the fracture of the christianitas maior of the middle ages.

It causes pain to see reactions, which could be healthy, but when they appear incomplete or defective, they serve in the end to create confusion and impede the growth of the true Cause. Although they present themselves under our Flag and with claims of Unity.


Translation by Alférez Matthew Scullin