Sunday, March 8, 2015
Ramón Valcarce Vega
Ramón Valcarce Vega was born in a wealthy Coruñesa family in 1935. He studies Law at the University of Santiago de Compostela, but although his character was very outgoing, his intense inner life leads him to join the seminary. Shortly after, he travels to Rome to study Theology at the Gregorian University. In Italy finds himself and also sees the reality of his own country, under dictator Franco. In 1967 he returned to Galicia in order to work as a priest and to work on the construction of a better world.
On his return, Moncho Valcarce decides not rejoin the Seminary of Santiago de Compostela, where education is not impartial and considered archaic and reactionary submissive.
As a priest, Moncho turns the house of God into a people's house . The introduction of mass participation and the use of Galician liturgical language are some of his radical innovations. In addition, the rectory where he lives is the last refuge of some of the fighters against Franco and constitutes, on the other hand, a place where many young people can express themselves freely.
The atypical cleric decides to collaborate with the Communist Party. Moncho becomes an active participant in the Union Labrego Galician and later in AN-PG (National Assembly-Galician Popular) and thge BN-PG (Block-National Popular Galician.
Moncho Valcarce became particularly known for his participation in the Encrobas conflict. In Encrobas, thanks to a decree signed in 1972 by General Franco , the company Lignite Meirama wanted access to the lands of the peasants in exchange for a ridiculously low compensation. In the course of demonstrations and clashes with the Guardia Civil, Moncho Valcarce is arrested on February 15 of 1977.
He died of cancer in Coruña to 57 years old. In his book Revolucionario e místico/Diario íntimo da doenza final (Revolutionary and mystic / diary of final illness), he reflects on his life as an activist.