Friday, April 17, 2009

When Priests Were Real Men

Just wondering: How many Novus Ordo priests would have this type of courage today?...Like I said. Just asking.


Blogger Mac McLernon said...

To be fair, I think you'd get about the same proportion as Old Rite priests... I know plenty.

10:30 AM  
Blogger The Rockin' Traddy said...

Whats the story behind this picture?

11:26 AM  
Blogger chestertonian said...

Whats the story behind this picture?Rad Trads demanding Communion on the tongue? LOL

Seriously, RT, the headline at top says "Priest Martyrs, Mexico" (if my Spanish is not too far off). I think it's during the Mexican Revolution in the 1920s, in which a lot of priests were martyred. I find it particularly moving that this priest is vested for Mass. Alter Christos, indeed.

Speaking of Revolutions, everyone here should read Warran Carrol's book on the Spanish Civil War, The Last Crusade. In it, he describes the many priests and bishops martyred in that conflict as having died with their right arms full of bullet holes. Why? Because they were blessing their executioners as they were fired upon.

Good God that makes my eyes tear up every time I write about it.

2:37 PM  
Blogger PreVat2 said...

You are correct, sir! Go to the head of the class.

That was from the Mexican Civil War of 1926-1929.

Funny you should mention "The Last Crusade." I'm reading that now. Great book!

10:21 PM  
Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

There are more than a few books out there about the Mexican priest-martyrs. Apart from their effective witness by blood to the truths Christianity as taught infallibly by the Catholic Church, the downside is that there were fewer good men--i.e., good priests--from which to select good Catholic bishops.

9:25 PM  
Blogger Dymphna said...

Was the Mexican war really a civil war or a mass slaughter?

4:04 PM  

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