The government was due to make a formal complaint on Thursday to the Vatican over comments made by the Pope's ambassador in Spain about the handling of the planned exhumation of the remains of General Franco.
The Papal Nuncio to Madrid, Renzo Fratini, retired this week and in an interview with Europa Press commented on the government policy to rebury the former dictator away from his ceremonial resting place.
Fratini said, "Really, there's so many problems in the world and in Spain. Why bring Franco back to life? I say they've brought him back to life.
Leaving him alone was better. Most people, politicians, have got hold of this idea because 40 years have passed since the death. He's done what he's done, God will judge."
Madrid will complain to Rome that Fratini has interfered in the affairs of another country.