Blessed Ladislaus (Wladyslaw) Bladzinski, September 8

September 8, 2009

Blessed Ladislaus (Wladyslaw) Bladzinski

Blessed Ladislaus (Wladyslaw) Bladzinski, Priest and Martyr
My_latycze, Ukraine, January 6, 1908 – Gross-Rosen, Germany, September 8, 1944

Blessed Wladyslaw Bladzinski, priest of the Congregation of St. Michael the Archangel, was born in My_latycze, Ukraine, January 6, 1908 and died at Gross-Rosen, Germany, September 8, 1944. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II in Warsaw (Poland) June 13, 1999 with 107 other Polish martyrs.

Roman Martyrology: In Gross-Rosen locations in Germany, Bladzinski Blessed Ladislaus, a priest of the Congregation of St. Michael and martyr, at the same time the enemies of the Church deported from his native Poland in a stone quarry, where he was later killed.

Source: Santi e Beati

St. Stephen Pongracz, September 7

September 7, 2009

St. Stephen Pongracz of Kosice

St. Stephen Pongracz of Kosice, Jesuit and Martyr
Alvincz, Romania, around 1582 – Kosice, Slovakia, September 7, 1619

Roman Martyrology: In the Carpathian mountains, in Košice, Slovakia today, holy martyr Stephen Pongracz, priest of the Society of Jesus, could not be lead to deny their Catholic faith by hunger, nor the torture of the wheel and fire.

Scion of the Hungarian nobility, he was born in 1582 in the castle Alvincz in Transylvania. After classical studies in his native land and in the Jesuit College in Cluj (Romania today) he entered the novitiate of the Society of Jesus in Brno, in 1602. Then he continued his studies in philosophy and theology in Prague to Graz Read the rest of this entry »

Blessed Pierre-Louis de La Rouchefoucauld-Bayers, September 2

September 3, 2009

Blessed Pierre-Louis de La Rouchefoucauld-Bayers

Blessed Pierre-Louis de La Rouchefoucauld-Bayers, Bishop and Martyr
Le Vivier, Blanzaguet, France, October 12, 1744 – Paris, September 2, 1792

Pierre-Louis de La Rouchefoucauld-Bayers was born in “Le Vivier” Blanzaguet, parish St-du-Cybard d’Eyrat, 12 October 1744. He was son of Messire Jean de La Rochefoucauld, lord of Maumont, Magnac, bars, and other places Vivier, knight of the military orders of Notre-Dame du Mont-Carmel and St-Lazarre de Jérusalem, and Marguerite des Escots. His parents intended him to have an ecclesiastical career, Pierre-Louis was appointed in 1770 prior to commendatory Nanteuil, becoming the general agent of the Clergy in 1775. He was then appointed Bishop of Saintes in 1781. In this city he organized a relief fund against fire.

“ On 24 March 1789, he was elected deputy of the clergy to the States General for the “Sénéchaussée de Saintes. He sat among the ranks of minorities and demonstrated hostility to reform, and after the session took refuge with his brother Francois-Joseph, Bishop of Beauvais, his sister abbess of Notre Dame de Soissons. But the French Revolution was still raging and they were discovered. Francois-Joseph was arrested on August 13, while Pierre-Louis asked partegiare his imprisonment and refused to flee from the Carmelite house in Paris a few days before the massacre. Right here, in fact, it happened on September 2, 1792, the massacre of 95 Christian martyrs much hatred to their faith, led by two brothers and another bishop, Jean-Marie du Lau.

“ Along with other victims of religious persecution who died in those days in Paris, for a total of 191 people, Pierre-Louis de La Rouchefoucauld-Bayers was beatified by Pope Pius XI on October 17, 1926.
Author: Fabio Arduino

Source: Santi e Beati

Blessed Pedro Rivera Rivera, September 1

September 1, 2009

Blessed Pedro Rivera Rivera

Blessed Pedro Rivera Rivera, Priest and Martyr

Villacreces, Spain, September 3, 1912 – Barcelona, Spain, late August / early September 1936

He is remembered on September 1

Roman Martyrology: In Barcelona, also in Spain, Martyr Pedro Rivera, a priest of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual, Maria Carmela Moreno Benítez and Maria del Rifugio Carbonell Muñoz, Institute of virgin Mary Help of Christians, who in the same persecution, complied with the Passion of Christ the Bridegroom, came to the reward of eternal peace.

Candido Rivera Rivera was born September 3, 1912 at Villacreces in the Spanish diocese of Leon. Entering the Order of Friars Minor Conventual with the name of Pedro, he made his novitiate in Granollers and he made his temporary vows in 1928. Posted in Italy to attend his theological studies in Osimo, he made his solemn vows in Rome in 1933, while in 1935 he obtained a licentiate in theology and was ordained a priest.

“ He then returned home and, despite his young age, he was appointed superior of the community of Granollers, in recognition of his moral qualities, spiritual and cultural. He always showed genuine disciple of St. Francis, full of love for the consecrated life, excellent higher education, humble and kind to the brethren, a man of peace, particularly pious and devout to the Blessed Sacrament and the Virgin Mary.

“ At the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, Father Pedro was expelled from the monastery with his fellow revolutionaries and sought refuge with some family friends. However, he was discovered and arrested on July 25, 1936. So he just had to prepare for the imminent martyrdom confessing to the priest of Llinas, who confided: “If I have the grace to be killed, die shouting ‘Long live Christ the King.” Two days later he was released and went to Barcelona, but was arrested again August 22. Probably between late August and early September 1936 he was shot. Everyone immediately considered him a martyr of the faith.

“ Pedro Rivera Rivera and her fis brothers belonging to the Order of Friars Minor Conventual were Beatified on March 11, 2001 by Pope John Paul II with a group made a total of no less than 233 martyrs of that persecution.

Author: Fabio Arduino

Source: Santi e Beati

Blessed Vincenzo Mattia Cabanes Badenas, August 30

August 30, 2009

Blessed Vincenzo Mattia Cabanes Badenas,Priest and Martyr
February 25 1908, in Torrent (Valencia), Spain-September 29, 1936,
Torrent (Valencia), Spain

He is remembered on August 30

Roman Martyrology: In Bilbao also in Spain, blessed Cabanes Badenas Vincent, a priest of the Third Order of St. Francis of the hooded Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin and martyr, who, during the same persecution against the faith, deserved to be admitted to the eternal banquet.

He was Beatified as one of the Blessed Martyrs of Our Spanish Tertiary Capuchin, 19 Spanish members of the Congregation of Our Lady of Sorrows Capuchin Tertiary (or Amigoniani), founded by Venerable Louis Amigo y Rerrer, and a sister, also a Capuchin Tertiary, victims of religious persecution of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), a sub-group of the 233 victims of the Spanish Civil War Beatified by Pope John Paul on March 11, 2001 .

“ Badenas Cabanes, Vincenzo, eldest of four siblings, was born February 25 1908, in Torrent (Valencia). He had pronounced his religious vows and completed sludi philosophical and theological, March 12, 1932 he was ordained a priest in Madrid. In the set. “ 1933 was rated top of the reformatory of the Prince of Asturias, in Madrid, and optics. the following year he went on to head the Cabinet of psycho-pedagogy of the reformatory Amurrio (Alava), where he was surprised the civil war broke out July 18, 1936.

On the evening of September 27 the same year, militants arrested him in the house where he had fled. During the ride to Orduna (Vizcaya) demanded that the murderers to deny the German, but he opposed proudly displaying the crucifix. Once in Orduna did get in a ditch near the Prado de San Bartolomé where they shot him with several gunshots. Abandoned and badly wounded, managed to crawl to the first houses in the country, where the family Elejalde Arroyo welcomed him: the priest asked for a doctor and a priest. During the night, still clutching the crucifix, he was transferred to the hospital of Basurto (Bilbao). When asked to explain what had happened, he replied: “Do not ask me these things, I speak only of God Let us pray, the pardon of those who have wounded heart,” and did not reveal the names of those who had sho himt. Died September 29, 1936, after two days of great suffering. His remains rest in the ‘chapel of the martyrs, “the convent of Mount Sion in Torrent (Valencia).

“ The cause of canonization of these twenty religious martyrs was conducted at the archidioccsi of Valencia together with seven other cases relating to as many cases of the martyrdom of members of different religious orders and congregations. In 1993-94 was issued the decree of validity of the unified diocesan process of these causes, May 13 1997 the Positio super martyrdom was delivered to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Source: Santi e Beati

Blessed Francis Romeo Monzon, August 29

August 29, 2009

Blessed Francis Romeo Monzon, Dominican Priest and Martyr
Híjar, Spain, March 29, 1912 – August 29, 1936

Roman Martyrology: In the village of Híjar always at Teruel in Spain, blessed Francis Monzón Romeo, Priest and Martyr of the Order of Preachers, who in the same persecution confirmed with blood for his fidelity to the Lord.

Blessed Francis Romeo Monzon was Beatified as one of the Blessed Martyrs of the Spanish Dominicans of Aragon on March 11, 2001, one of 233 Martyrs of the Spanish Civil War Beatified that day by Pope John Paul II.

Source: Santi e Beati

Blessed Raimondo Martí Soriano, August 27

August 27, 2009

Blessed Raimondo Martí Soriano

Blessed Raimondo Martí Soriano, Priest and Martyr
August 27

Roman Martyrology: Along the road between the towns of Godella Bétera and in the same region in Spain, blessed Raimondo Martí Soriano, priest and martyr who shed their blood for Christ during the same persecution against the faith.On March 11, 2001, Pope John Paul II Beatified in St. Peter’s Square in Rome 233 Spanish martyrs, including the thickest cloud of witnesses of faith elevated to the glory of the altars in the course of his pontificate.

“ These numerous innocent lambs of the cause of Christ were killed out of hatred for their faith during the brutal religious persecution that characterized the Spanish Civil War in the 30s of the twentieth century. In this bloody massacre that through Spain, the number of victims over a million, affecting people of all ages and social class: bishops, priests, religious and laity of both sexes. It was well established by historians that, within this terrible massacre, anarchists and socialists-communists perpetrated a real persecution aimed at destroying the Catholic Church in Spain.

The martyrs were divided into smaller groups, based on their Archdiocese. Blessed Raimondo is part of the group known as José Aparicio Sanz and 73 companions, priests and laity of the Archdiocese of Valencia who were Decreed on Martyrs on December 18, 2000

Source:  Santi e Beati

Blessed Luigi Urban Lanaspa, August 25

August 25, 2009

Blessed Luigi Urban Lanaspa

Blessed Luigi Urban Lanaspa, Dominican Priest and Martyr
Zaragoza, Spain, June 3, 1882 – Valencia, Spain, August 25, 1936.

Roman Martyrology: At Valencia in Spain, Blessed Luigi Urban Lanaspa, Priest and Martyr of the Order of Preachers, who faced trial for the glorious Christ.

He was Beatified by Pope John Paul on March 11, 2001, together with 232 other victims of the Spanish Civil War as part of the group known as Blessed Martyrs of the Spanish Dominicans of Aragon

Source: Santi e Beati

Blessed Maximilian (Maksymilian) Binkiewicz, August 24

August 24, 2009

Blessed Maximilian (Maksymilian) Binkiewicz

Blessed Maximilian (Maksymilian) Binkiewicz, Priest and Martyr
Gmina Żarnowiec, Poland, February 21, 1908 – Dachau, Germany, August 24, 1942

Blessed Maksymilian Binkiewicz, Polish diocesan priest, was born in Gmina Żarnowiec (Olkusz) February 21, 1908 and died in Dachau, Germany, August 24, 1942. He was Beatified by Pope John Paul II in Warsaw (Poland) June 13, 1999 together with 107 other Polish martyrs.

Roman Martyrology: In the prison camp at Dachau near Munich in Germany, Monaco, blessed Maximian Binkiewicz, Priest and Martyr, who, during the war, was deported by the invading soldiers from Poland because of his faith in Christ and he died under torture and torture.

Source: Santi e Beati

Blessed Salvatore Estrugo Solves, August 21

August 21, 2009

Blessed Salvatore Estrugo Solves

Blessed Salvatore Estrugo Solves, Priest and Martyr
August 21

He was Beatified on March 11, 2001 by Pope John Paul II, together with 232 others from the Archdiocese of Valencia who were victims of the Spanish Civil War.

Roman Martyrology: In the village of Alberic on the territory of Valencia in Spain, blessed Savior Estrugo solves, priest and martyr, who, during the persecution endured for the love of Christ every hardship to obtain the palm of victory.

Source: Santi e Beati

Blessed Mauritius Tornay, August 11

August 11, 2009

Blessed Maurizio Tornay

Blessed Mauritius (Maurice) Tornay, Priest and Martyr

Rosière, Switzerland, August 31, 1910 – To Thong, Tibet, August 11, 1949

Blessed Mauritius (Maurice) Tornay, professed priest of the Order of Canons Regular of St. Augustine of the Congregation of Saints Nicholas and Bemardo “Montis Iovis”, was born in Rosière (Joint Orsières – canton of Valais), Switzerland, August 31, 1910 and died a martyr at To Thong, Tibet, on August 11, 1949. His tomb is located at the Mission Yerkalo, Tibet-China. He was beatified in Rome by Pope John Paul II on May 16, 1993.

Roman Martyrology: In the region of Tibet, Blessed Mauritius Tornay, Priest and Martyr who, canon regular of the Congregation of Saints Nicholas and Bernard of Mont Joux-announced engagement with the Gospel in China and Tibet and was killed by the enemies of Christ. Read the rest of this entry »

Blessed Edward Gryzmala, August 10

August 10, 2009

Blessed Edward Gryzmala

Blessed Edward (Edward) Grzymala, Priest and Martyr

Kolodziaz, Poland, September 29, 1906 – Dachau, Germany, August 10,


Blessed Edward Grzymala, a diocesan priest, was born in Kolodziaz, Poland, September 29, 1906 and died in Dachau, Germany, August 10, 1940. He wasbeatified by Pope John Paul II in Warsaw (Poland) on June 13, 1999 with 107 other Polish martyrs.

Roman Martyrology: In the prison camp near Dachau Monaco of Bavaria inGermany, Drzewiecki blessed Francis of the Congregation of the Little Work of Divine Providence, and Edoardo Grzymała, priests and martyrs, who, ofPolish origin, during the devastation of their homeland in time of war were made by their persecutors in a foreign prison and reached Christ killed in a gas chamber.

Source: Santi e Beati

Blessed German of Carcaixent, August 9

August 9, 2009

Blessed German of Cartaxeint

Blessed German of Carcaixent (José Maria Hernandez Garrigues) Capuchin Priest and Martyr
Carcaixent, Valencia, Spain, February 12, 1895 – 1936

Roman Martyrology: In the village of Carcaixent in Valencia in Spain, Blessed Germanus ( José Maria) Garrigues Hernández, a Priest of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin and Martyr, who, during persecution against the faith, won the tortures of body with precious death.

Father was born in Germán Carcagente (Valencia), in the bosom of a Christian family, February 12, 1895. He was baptized on his day of birth in the parish of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción of Carcagente Confirmation was received on July 22, 1912 by Bishop Athanasius Fr. Royo Soler, duly authorized by the archbishop of the diocese. In the family of D. Juan Bautista and Donna Garrigues Ana María Hernández were born eight children, three of whom became like our Capuchin, José Maria. Read the rest of this entry »

Blessed Vladimir (Wlodzimierz) Laskowski, August 8

August 8, 2009

Blessed Vladimir (Wlodzimierz) Laskowski

Blessed Vladimir (Wlodzimierz) Laskowski, Priest and Martyr
Rogoznica, Poland, January 30, 1886 – Gusen, Austria, August 8, 1940

Wlodzimierz Laskowski, a priest of the Archdiocese of Poznan, fell victim of the Nazis in their hatred of the Christian faith. On June 13, 1999, Pope John Paul II raised him to the honors of the altar with 107 other victims of that persecution. While they were beatified together, their deaths took place separately so there is not a collective memorial.

Roman Martyrology: At Gusen Germany blessed Vladimiro Laskowski, priest and martyr, who, in times of war, was deported for his faith in this prison camp and, cruelly tortured, reached the glory of martyrdom.

Source: Santi e Beati

The Cult of Personality

July 31, 2009

The Cult of Personality has struck again and I’m nervous. Obama is attempting to force through way too much legislation that nobody has read, reviewed or understands. I don’t want to be forced to die when someone decides I’m no longer necessary; on his staff is someone who at one time advocated forced sterilization even though that has already been ruled on by the courts and you can’t do it. Read the rest of this entry »

Blessed Vasil Hopko, July 23

July 23, 2009

Blessed Vasil Hopko

Blessed Bishop Vasil Hopko Greek-Catholic martyr
July 23
Hrabske (Bardejov), April 21, 1904 – Prešov (Slovakia), July 23, 1976

Born of poor family, he decided to enter the seminary in 1923. He was ordained a priest by the Greek-Catholic Bishop of Presov on February 3, 1929. He graduated in theology in 1940 he was ordained as a bishop on May 11, 1947. Between 1950 and 1964, he was jailed by the Communist regime, undergoing torture. After his release, despite the precarious state of his health, Hopko actively contributed to the renewal of the Greek-Catholic Church. He died on July 23, 1976.
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The Connecticut Legislature

March 9, 2009

I wonder, has Connecticut proposed any legislation similar to that which is proposed for Roman Catholic organizations that is related to other religous groups? In this day of Ponzi schemes, such as those allegedly perpetrated by Bernard Madoff and Robert Stanford, I would expect that other sorts of entities need to be overseen as well.

My understanding is that many private individuals, non-profits, religious groups and retirement funds invested with Mr. Madoff and lost a ton of money. In my brief perusal of the Madoff list, I found a pension fund and management company located in CT that had invested with Madoff.

While it’s one thing for a private individual to be sucked in and lose personal funds, those in charge of investing for non-profits, foundations (some of which have closed due to their poor investment choices) religious groups and retirement funds have a fiduciary duty and should have done better research, through which they are likely to have eliminated Mr. Madoff’s fund as a possibility for their investments.

Yet the Connecticut Legislature targets Roman Catholic Corporate entities exclusively. In a perfect world, money would never be mismanaged, where is the recognition that laypeople also mismanage and steal money? Would it be okay for a layperson to invest church funds inappropriately?

Contact Connecticut’s Judiciary Committe and let them know how you feel about their Anti-Catholic legislation

March 7, 2009

Here are the members of the Connecticut Legislature’s Judiciary Committee.

While I was unable to find e-mail addresses, you can call their committee

administrator or send them a note letting them know why you oppose this legislation.


SENATORS MCDONALD, (Chair), 27th District, HANDLEY, (Vice Chair), 4th, COLEMAN, 2nd; GOMES, 23rd, DOYLE, 9th, MEYER, 12th.

SENATORS KISSEL, (Ranking Member), 7th District; McLACHLAN, 24th; RORABACK, 30th.

REPRESENTATIVES LAWLOR, (Chair), 99th District; FOX, (Vice Chair), 146th; BARRY, 12th; BERGER, 73rd; CLEMONS, 124th; CONWAY, 61st; DILLON, 92nd; FRITZ, 90th; GODFREY, 110th; GONZALEZ, 3rd; GREEN, 1st; HAMM, 34th; HEWETT, 39th; HOLDER-WINFIELD, 94th; HURLBURT, 53rd; MORRIS, 140th; OLSON, 46th; REEVES, 143rd; ROLDAN, 4th; SERRA, 33rd; SPALLONE, 36th; TABORSAK, 109th; TONG, 147th; WALKER, 93rd; WRIGHT, 41st.

REPRESENTATIVES O’NEILL, (Ranking Member), 69th District, AMAN, 14th; COUTU, 47th; HAMZY, 78th; HETHERINGTON; 125th, HOVEY, 112th; KLARIDES, 114th; LABRIOLA, 131st; ROWE, 123rd.

Senior Committee Administrator:

Deborah Blanchard

Room 2500, LOB

Hartford, Connecticut 06106-1591


Proposed Connecticut Legislation Interferes with Roman Catholic Church Operations

March 7, 2009

Fr. Z has a post about this bill. As though it isn’t simply outrageous that the State of Connecticut would interfere with a religious corporation, the bill under consideration, singles out the Roman Catholic Church. The objective is to change the structure of the church, removing all power from the Archbishop for anything but pastoral care and putting it into the hands of the laity.

Furthermore, it would abrogate the rights of the church to keep documents private and provide that anyone may copy any church business records with a few days notice, without defining business records. There is neither a provision about payment for those copies , nor any information about privacy rights.

Government proposes to interfere for no good reason in the operation of one Church. This would inhibit the sovereignty of said religion and would entangle government therewith. It looks like religious discrimination to me.

Not only that, it seems like sour grapes of a pro-gay state, which doesn’t like the teaching of the Catholic Church and will do whatever is harmful.

Whoever wrote this bill may believe that because it targets operations rather than actual religious practice, they’re off the hook for discrimination, but I doubt it.  This bill is targeted to one religion so doesn’t pass the smell test. Where I live, bills must be neutral on their face.

Evangelicals: Change of Heart toward Catholics

July 28, 2008

Evangelicals have been going through a major change of heart in their view of Catholicism over the past 15 years or so. In the 80’s when I was in college I lived in the Biblebelt and had plenty of experience with Evangelicals–much of it bad experience. The 80’s was the height of the “Are you saved?” question. In Virginia, the question often popped up in the first 10 minutes of getting to know someone. As I look back, Isurmise that this was coached from the pulpit or Sunday school as it was so well coordinated and almost universally applied. It was a good tactic for putting Catholics on the defensive even before it was known that they were Catholic—“ummmm, uhhh, well no, I’m not sure, I’m Catholic.” Then a conversation about works righteousness or saint statues would ensue. Yeah, nice to meet you, too.
Thankfully, those days are pretty much over. We now have formerly rabid anti-Catholics apologizing and even praising the pope. Catholics and Evangelicals have both learned that we have much in common and need each other to face the secular culture with a solid front. But, where did this detente come from? I think there is a real history to be told here and a book should be written. Let me give my perceptions of 7 major developments since 1993, which I regard as the the watershed year for the renewal of the Catholic Church in the United States.

1. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1993. When this document came out, it was uncertain that even Catholics would read it. We should have known that something was up when the French version hit the top of the bestsellers charts in France and stayed there for months. The English version did the same in the US. Catholics were reading the Catechism, forming study groups and challenging errant professors in the classroom. Read the rest of this entry »

Another Biased Blogger Gets It Wrong

April 20, 2008

This cartoon showed up another blog – Pope Ratzo Protects Pedophile Bishops « – and is just one more instance of folks writing about the abuse who get it WRONG.

If Only School Boards Would Not Insist That Teachers Remain Celibate All Their Lives « Per Christum Seldom talked about are the much, much higher rates of abuse that occur in public school districts.  Many perpetrators go unpunished beyond having their resignation accepted – and then moving to another school district.  With damage caps in place (sometimes as low as $100K) most attorneys are not terribly interested in pursuing a case that could take years with a maximum payout of $33K (1/3d) for the attorney involved.  That is very little money for a case that could take years to go to trial.

Celibacy = Abuser Magnet? « Per Christum So is celebacy the issue?  Does it stand to reason that men who target teenage boys (the overwhelming demographic victimized) would want to go through 4-8 years of formation and then live in the fishbowl of the parish rectory?  Couldn’t they accomplish the same goals with Internet chat rooms while working a better paying job less in the spotlight?

The vast majority of priests are thought never to have abused any children (99.8%) Yes, that is right, abuse is NOT the norm – it isn’t even 1% of all the priests in all the US church that have been so much as accused.  Can the same or similar be said for most other professions with access to children? Sure the abuse cases out there that are the most notorious grab headlines… But does that implicate everyone?

Shedding Light On Sex Abuse Scandals « Per Christum Have Protestants in general fared any better with their married clergy?  Decidedly not.

People with a goal of actually understanding this problem would know better than to write such pedantic drivel.  But anti-Catholicism is still very acceptable… And when it comes to beating that horse, any stick will do!