Friday, November 01, 2013

Documentary explores life and death of Catholic priest, a hero of Poland's Solidarity movement

"Gary Chartrand was on a pilgrimage in Poland when he learned about the life and death of Jerzy Popieluszko.

This was 2 1/2 years ago.

He was greatly moved by the story of the Catholic priest and Solidarity activist who helped empower the Polish people to rise up against communism.

“Why hasn’t someone made a movie about this man?” Chartrand said to a friend. “Why don’t [we] know more about someone who did something to bring change using non-violent resistance in the same way that Martin Luther King and Gandhi did?”

Read the rest at The Florida Times Union

Female Worker raped at NYU's Catholic Center

A horrible story from the NY Post:

"A 24-year-old worker at NYU’s Catholic Center was raped by a brute who forced his way into the building after stalking her for several blocks before dawn Thursday morning, cops said.

The thug, who pummeled the victim’s face and ripped off her clothing during the assault, also stole the woman’s pink tote bag and iPhone before running off, according to an NYPD source.

“The Cardinal and all of us are keeping her in our prayers,” said Joseph Zwilling, Director of Communications, Archdiocese of New York. “We are grateful that she was not more seriously hurt.”

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Christians = most persecuted people on the planet

The Persecuted Church in India

 "Since 2008, the focus of Hindu terrorists has been in the jungle village of Kandhamal located in the state of Odisha (formerly Orissa).  Over 56,000 of the 117,000 Christians living there have been driven from their homes, with 6,000 of their houses burnt to the ground.  Three hundred Churches and holy places have been desecrated or destroyed.
The Christians are being persecuted not only because of their faith, as they are in Egypt and Syria, but because they refuse to renounce it and embrace Hinduism.  As a result, thousands of Indians, including priests, nuns, and ministers, have been sadistically tortured. Many have lost limbs; others have been burnt alive.  Over 100 have been martyred for the faith."

Monday, October 28, 2013

A Catholic Thinker reflects on Flannery O'Connor, one of my favorite writers:

The Mean Grace of Flannery O'Connor

"But don’t let the title of her stories, the bespectacled innocence of her photograph, or the reclusive, respectable life she led in the home with her mother fool you. Flannery O’Connor’s writing could be downright vicious and raw. Her characters are often crude, unkempt and ill-educated. Bereft of redeeming qualities and brimming with flaws, it is easy to repelled by them and the path their lives are taking. And yet, with writing that is so vivid, so animated, so…real, it is difficult to release yourself from its grip. So it is at this time, with her reader duly ensnared, that Flannery unleashes her power"