.- The siblings of Alexia Gonzalez-Barros y Gonzalez, whose cause of beatification is underway, have sent a letter to Spanish filmmaker Javier Fesser protesting the distortion of the girlâs history and her familyâs attitude in response to her death in 1985.
Alexia, the youngest daughter of an Opus Dei family, died after a battle with cancer. Fesser used her story, without the familyâs consent, in a new film entitled âCamino,â which was presented at the San Sebastian Film Festival, where it was given a tepid reception. It is scheduled to hit theaters in Spain in mid-October.
Fesserâs film, which he says is âpure fiction,â gives an erroneous portrayal of the young girlâs story and claims her cause for beatification is a fraud. It ends with a dedication to the memory of Alexia Gonzalez-Barros y Gonzalez.
Alfredo GonzÃ¡lez-Barros GonzÃ¡lez, who signed the letter in name of all of Alexiaâs siblings, told Fesser: âI sat down to watch your press conference at the San Sebastian Festival with one objective: I wanted to hear how you would explain to journalists why you never contacted us and why you have not honored our formal request to remove the explicit reference to Alexia in your film.â
In the past, the family members had written Fesser, who responded that there was no intention âto use the name of Alexia, nor to make any reference to her or to her cause of beatification as part of the filmâs marketing.â Nevertheless, the girlâs name was indeed used. The new letter took issue with the portrayal of family as âapplauding at the time of Alexiaâs death.â
âSuch an unjust and terrible claim pains my soul,â Alexiaâs brother wrote. âIt shouldnât be necessary for me to tell you that my sister Alexia did not die surrounded by applause. She died surrounded by affection. The affection of her beloved ones: her parents and brothers and sisters, and with the silent respect of the nurses and doctors who came to her room on their own,â he said.
Alexia âdied while we tried to hold back our tears,â he continued, âbecauseâand donât forget thisâfor us it was truly difficult to think that we would have to endure her loss.â
Alexia GonzÃ¡lez-Barros y GonzÃ¡lez was born in Madrid on March 7, 1971. She was the youngest of seven brothers and sisters. Her parents, Francisco and Moncha, brought her up in an atmosphere of freedom, affection and joy. The day after her first communion, on May 9, 1979, she attended John Paul IIâs audience at the Vatican. The Pope blessed her and kissed her forehead. She led a normal life, studying and thinking about the future with her friends. She accepted her illness from the beginning and offered her sufferings for the Church, the Pope and for the world.