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« Reply #15 on: June 03, 2014, 04:06:42 AM »
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  • Today is the feast of St Christopher Magallanes and his companions, martyrs of Mexico, twenty-two priests and three laymen.  I have blogged on these martyrs before, or at least on one of them, St Toribio Romo who was martyred in front of members of his family in 1928.  Each of the twenty-five martyrs celebrated today have their own story and reveal that heroism which is be part and parcel of the Christian life.


    Given issues we face today, I would like to highlight another of the martyrs from the group: St Mateo Correa Magallanes (no relation to St Christopher as far as I know). St Mateo was born in 1866 in Tepechitlan. In 1881 he entered seminary assisted by a scholarship for his fees. He was ordained priest in 1893. Among his appointments was parish priest of Concepcion del Oro and Colotlan. His claim to fame in these early years of his priesthood was his administering First Holy Communion to Blessed Miguel Pro on the 19th March 1898. At some point Fr Mateo joined the Knights of Columbus.When the government's persecution of the Church began in 1910, Fr Mateo went into hiding, as many did. Later, however, he took up an appointment as parish priest of Valparaiso in 1926.  


    Before long he was arrested on charges of being in league with the Cristeros. It sees there was not enough evidence to convict him and he was released. However the authorities kept their eyes on him. His health also began to fail at this time and by the following year he was quite frail though he was still only 60. As he was on his way to bring Viaticum to a lady who was dying he was arrested again. He was once again charged with being part of the Cristero movement. The commander, General Eulogio Ortiz, who had him arrested had been furious at the priest's release the year before and this time he was intent on making the charges stick this time.



    Fr Mateo was imprisoned to await trial. In the meantime a number of Cristeros were condemned to death, and the commander Ortiz asked the priest to hear the confessions of those about to die. This was later revealed not to an act of charity towards the condemned, but a ruse to get information from them as they were about to die. After Fr Mateo had heard their confessions, Ortiz ordered him to reveal what the Cristeros had confessed: Fr Mateo refused.  Putting a gun to the priest's head Ortiz told him if he did not reveal what was confessed he would be shot. Fr Mateo stood firm: the seal could not be broken. Furious, Ortiz ordered the priest's execution, and at dawn on the 6th February 1927 in a cemetery in Durango, Fr Mateo was shot through the head. Beatified in 1992, he was canonised in 2000 by St John Paul II.


    St Mateo was a good, humble priest devoted to his flock. Among the martyrs today we find many other examples of good, holy men who sought simply to be faithful priests. May those martyr-saints, who now belong to all of us, not just to Mexico, watch over all our priests in these times and obtain from the Lord the graces we need to seek to be true to Christ and the Gospel.

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    I want someone like him to hear my confessions

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    « Reply #16 on: July 09, 2014, 03:48:18 AM »
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  • The Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has vigorously denounced a ruling by the state’s highest court that would compel a priest to violate the seal of confession or face possible imprisonment.

    The Louisiana Supreme Court, in a May ruling, overturned a lower court’s decision and ordered a hearing on a lawsuit brought by parents of a girl who was allegedly molested by an adult man. The parents have named the Baton Rouge diocese and a priest, Father Jeff Bayhi, as defendants in the suit. They claim that when the girl mentioned the man’s sexual advances in the course of making her confession, Father Bayhi advised her not to report the incident.

    Father Bayhi, bound by the seal of confession, cannot report what the girl told him, or what he said to her.

    The man whose alleged advances form the original basis for the lawsuit was under criminal investigation for sexual abuse when he died in 2009. The girl’s parents filed their lawsuit shortly thereafter.

    The Louisiana Supreme Court has ordered hearing to determine whether the girl mentioned alleged sexual abuse in her confession, “and if so, what the contents of any such confessions were.” The court claimed—inaccurately—that the seal of confession protects only the penitent. Since the girl had waived her right to secrecy, the court said, Father Bayhi should be required to testify about the confession.

    Correcting the court’s error, the Baton Rouge diocese said that “the seal of confession is absolute and inviolable,” and Father Bayhi is prohibited by canon law from divulging anything that he heard in the course of a confession. The court’s decision “assaults the heart of a fundamental doctrine of the Catholic faith,” the diocesan statement said.

    “This matter cuts to the core of the Catholic faith, and for a civil court to inquire as to whether or not a factual situation establishes the Sacrament of Confession is a clear and unfettered violation of the Establishment Clause of the Constitution of the United States,” the diocese charged.

    http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=21954


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    « Reply #17 on: September 04, 2014, 01:22:25 AM »
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  • An Italian priest says that he is not concerned about reports that a powerful Mafia figure wanted to have him killed.

    Father Luigi Ciotti admitted that it was “very significant” that the imprisoned “boss of bosses, Toto Riina, spoke of having him killed. But the priest said that it was “very strange” that Riina’s threats, which were captured in a wiretapped conversation more than a year ago, have only now been brought to his attention.

    Father Ciotti has plagued Mafia leaders through his leadership of “Libera,” an organization devoted to converting property held by organized-crime figures into legitimate businesses and public institutions. “For me,” he told La Repubblica, “the commitment has always been an act of faith in the Gospel, to denounce injustice and violence, to stand on the side of the victims, the poor, the excluded.”

    http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=22451

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    « Reply #18 on: September 04, 2014, 06:45:33 AM »
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    The Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has vigorously denounced a ruling by the state’s highest court that would compel a priest to violate the seal of confession or face possible imprisonment.


    Any update on this particular case?

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    « Reply #19 on: September 04, 2014, 10:37:31 PM »
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    The Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has vigorously denounced a ruling by the state’s highest court that would compel a priest to violate the seal of confession or face possible imprisonment.


    Any update on this particular case?

    An appeal has been made.


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    Re: A Priest Resists Evil
    « Reply #20 on: December 25, 2018, 08:40:59 PM »
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    JezusDeKoning says:

    It is a sad state of affairs, indeed. People, like the unrepentant, selfish man in the article need to realize that you can't serve two masters, as Scripture would say. Either one is repentant of their sin and has God, or they're blind in their errors and don't.

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    BTNYC says:

    Says the guy who just endorsed fag "marriage" in the anonymous subforum... And then asked for his own banning?

    Impy, is this your latest iteration?

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    JezusDeKonong says:

    My cousin got on my account and posted that malarkey. I'd rather be dead than be a modernist, frankly. Please move on.

    Uh-huh.

    What an unfortunate turn of events to occur only three posts into your time here.

    Here's hoping your "cousin" doesn't also have access to your debit card PIN.

    JezusDeKoning was outed here by BTNYC from almost day one. No response. Only crickets.

    I always thought JezusDeKoning was peculiar with his seemingly "split personality". Some days, his posts are akin to a social justice warrior, and other days, he's trying too hard to impress trads on this forum by parroting traditional Catholic thought.

    Is JezusDeKoning an imposter and 5th columnist?
    From the woman came the beginning of sin, and by her we all die. ~ Ecclesiasticus 25:33

    International Women's Day is a day we all celebrate Eve's rebellion at the Tree and our plummet into sin.

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    Re: A Priest Resists Evil
    « Reply #21 on: December 25, 2018, 08:51:42 PM »
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  • QUID. Stop! Stop! Stop! I've had enough. Enough harassing other users.
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