May 20, 2006

In Spain, 1936 to 1939: the martyrdom of more than 6,800 bishops, priests and male and female members of religious orders

In Spain, historically one of Europe’s most staunchly Catholic countries, large numbers of Catholics were butchered during the 1936-1939 Spanish Civil War solely for being Catholic. Unlike the martyrdoms in most parts of the world, whole sectors of the religious community were liquidated. More than 6,800 bishops, priests, male and female members of religious were martyred. Many were raped, tortured and mutilated before execution. Devout Catholic lay men and women also suffered horrendously. In the 20th century, probably no country witnessed so much bloodshed among its clergy and religious as Spain.

Here is an eyewitness account of the martrydom of the Benedictine monks of El Pueyo in 1936.
Click HERE for it.


Anonymous sdben5 said...

What link?

6:11 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

Click either on the title of the post
or click on the words at
the bottom of the post that say:
Click HERE for it.

6:39 PM  
Blogger xavier said...

Wouldn't be more accurate to state that with Spain, Mexico and Russia during the early 20th century also suffered horrendously with anti-Christian pogroms?

I'm speaking of someone's who has a family member that had to go into hiding during his seminary years precisely because of the Spnaish civil war. My grandmother was deeply horrifid by the burning the convents in Barcelona and it stayed with her until she died.


6:12 AM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

Xavier, that is true.

Tomorrow is the feast of a group of Mexican martyrs of the twentieth century. I will be posting something about one of the them in particular.

Perhaps the largest group of Christian martyrs of the twentieth century was the slaughter of 1.5 million Armenian Christians by the Muslim Ottoman Turks in 1915. See me post on that:

8:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I fear that many of our current bishops would lack the grace to become martyrs in such a circumstance.

9:15 AM  

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