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Mexican Martyrdom (1936)

de Wilfrid Parsons

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Mexican Martyrdom is a series of true stories of the terrible anti-Catholic persecutions which took place in Mexico in the 1920s. Told by the Jesuit priest, Fr. Wilfrid Parson, these stories are based upon cases he had seen himself or that had been described to him personally by the people who had undergone the atrocities of those times.Though most contemporary readers don t know it, a full-fledged persecution of the Church, with thousands of martyrdoms, took place in modern times, just south of our own border including the famous Jesuit priest, Fr. Miguel Pro, was martyred before a firing squad during this persecution. Between the conquest of Mexico by Cortes in 1521, and the Mexican Independence from Spain in 1821, Spain created in Mexico a great Catholic civilization to rival that of any nation in Europe. But when the Great Mexican Revolution began in 1810, this flourishing country began to wither and die. That Revolution was not to end until 1928, with the end of the brutal rule of President Plutarco Elias Calles, though in many ways it continues still. The heroic resistance of Mexican Catholics during this persecution is a great inspiration to Catholics today.Mexican Martyrdom proves that hatred for the Catholic Church exists even in our times and can still flare into open and bloody persecution in this so-called enlightened age.… (mais)
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Mexican Martyrdom is an account of the persecution of the Catholic Church by the Mexican government from 1926 to 1935, as gathered from personal accounts of those who endured those events and managed to get word out as well as from the author's travels through that country. It is not the best-organized of books, but the material contained within its covers is remarkable in its breadth and detail.

Beginning in the 1920s, the government of Mexico was led by a series of anti-clerical dictators who attempted to end religion and bring the revolution to their country. This resulted in the banning of priests and nuns, the closing of churches, schools, hospitals and any other organization associated with the Church, and the persecution of anyone who did not fall in line with the government. The most famous of these martyrs if Blessed Miguel Pro, SJ, a young Mexican Jesuit priest who was rounded up and executed for an assassination attempt that he had nothing to do with. But there were many others. The book also documents the US government's refusal to intervene (that often looked like support for the Mexican government) as well as the delicate line that the Mexican bishops tried to balance in order to find some way to survive until things got better.

Parsons was an American priest who visited Mexico during this era and had first-hand knowledge of the situation there. Highly recommended for anyone interested in Mexican history or 20th century Christian persecution, as well as anyone who has read [The Power and the Glory] and wants to know more. ( )
  inge87 | May 26, 2016 |
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Mexican Martyrdom is a series of true stories of the terrible anti-Catholic persecutions which took place in Mexico in the 1920s. Told by the Jesuit priest, Fr. Wilfrid Parson, these stories are based upon cases he had seen himself or that had been described to him personally by the people who had undergone the atrocities of those times.Though most contemporary readers don t know it, a full-fledged persecution of the Church, with thousands of martyrdoms, took place in modern times, just south of our own border including the famous Jesuit priest, Fr. Miguel Pro, was martyred before a firing squad during this persecution. Between the conquest of Mexico by Cortes in 1521, and the Mexican Independence from Spain in 1821, Spain created in Mexico a great Catholic civilization to rival that of any nation in Europe. But when the Great Mexican Revolution began in 1810, this flourishing country began to wither and die. That Revolution was not to end until 1928, with the end of the brutal rule of President Plutarco Elias Calles, though in many ways it continues still. The heroic resistance of Mexican Catholics during this persecution is a great inspiration to Catholics today.Mexican Martyrdom proves that hatred for the Catholic Church exists even in our times and can still flare into open and bloody persecution in this so-called enlightened age.

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