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Errata Corrige: Martyrs

Yours truly stands corrected in the matter of who is a martyr.

As you can see from this article posted on the US site of the SSPX, apart from all other requirements it is necessary to be a Catholic to qualify as martyr.  Being orthodox would not suffice even if all other requirements were satisfied.

You see how easy it is: one discovers that one was in error, and one puts oneself in line with the Truth as explained by someone whose authority in the matter we recognise as orthodox and trustworthy, and perfectly aligned with the Magisterium.

Notice also that the article does not necessarily make the thing entirely clear to me. So for example, are the Holy Innocents martyrs or not? I always thought they were and they were certainly not even Christians, but either they aren’t, then, martyrs in the strict sense or I am simply missing something. There will be some explanation. The fact that I do not know it (some reader will perhaps provide it, so I don’t bother looking around for now) does not mean that the Church does not have one.

This is the attitude we must have as Catholics. We accept Truth, and that’s it. We may involuntarily be in error at times, which is easy because the matter is complicated. At other times we may take a theological opinion for unopposed truth. At other times we will simply miss something. But we don’t make our own theology. We learn and then we know something more than we knew before.

There.

I had an occasion to become a “dissenter”, and I have wasted it…

M

 

 

 

 

BBC and Catholic Martyrs

From the blog of E F Pastor Emeritus

Twenty-six pastoral workers–including 18 priests, four sisters, and four laity–were killed in 2011, according to the news agency of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Seven were killed in Colombia, five in Mexico, three in India, two in Burundi, and one each in Brazil, Paraguay, Nicaragua, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, Tunisia, Kenya, the Philippines, and Spain.Twenty-six pastoral workers–including 18 priests, four sisters, and four laity–were killed in 2011, according to the news agency of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Seven were killed in Colombia, five in Mexico, three in India, two in Burundi, and one each in Brazil, Paraguay, Nicaragua, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, Tunisia, Kenya, the Philippines, and Spain.

Perhaps I was not paying attention, but I didn’t notice anything along these lines reported on the BBC.

But just let a real or – more probably – supposed case of “homophobia” come up, and you can hear them barking and bitching around like there’s no tomorrow…..

Mundabor

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