Cardinal Pla y Deniel, the Spanish Primate, and Cardinal Antoniutti, the outgoing Papal Nuncio, for the release of the arrested strikers, three other Bishops intervened decisively.
In San Sebastian, Bishop Santiago Fons y Andreu strengthened the hand of the Catholic Action workers' groups by ordering sermons to be preached throughout the diocese on Sunday last, defending the right to strike and calling for just pay for the workers.
As one priest put it from his pulpit: " It is not enough to secure a minimum wage; workers should be paid enough to enable them to take proper care of their families." In Bilbao, Bishop Pablo Gurpide Beope issued a pastoral calling for co-ownership and co-management for industrial workers.
" Certain 'social groups," he declared, " are seeking to preserve their privileges on the pretence that workers are not yet ready for responsibility. The Church cannot agree with this opinion. Instead. it demands that an end be put to such unreasonableness."