July 18, 2006

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

TODAY, 18 JULY A.D. 2006, IS THE SEVENTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE OUTBREAK OF CIVIL WAR IN SPAIN,
so I am re-posting the following.

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 tortured and mutilated before execution. Entire convents were raped. 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.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I fear that many of our current crop of bishops would not be willing to become martyrs for The Faith with such grace.

9:17 AM  

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