March 14, 2008

Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho ... may he rest in peace!

Iraq’s Chaldean Catholic Church buried him today, one day after finding his body. Gunmen kidnapped him two weeks ago, just minutes after he celebrated Mass. Three of his aides were killed during the kidnapping.

Who are the Chaldean Catholics?

Abraham, the forefather of all Jews and of the Lord Jesus Christ, came from ancient Chaldea, which is now in modern Iraq. Chaldean Catholics are the ethnic descendants of Abraham’s people and are therefore “cousins” of the Jews, cousins of Jesus Christ.

Christianity was the religion of the Chaldeans since they received the faith from St. Thomas the Apostle.

In A.D. 634, Islamic armies invaded Chaldea and offered the Christians two choices: become Muslims, or pay protection money.

The Islamic terror since then has reduced the Chaldean population in Iraq to a small minority.

San Diego County, where my monastery is located, is home to a major population of Chaldean Catholics, even having a Chaldean Catholic bishop and his cathedral.

Since Muslims themselves are supposed to reject alcohol, Iraq’s Chaldeans have the monopoly on the sale of alcohol there.

Here in San Diego County, eighty percent of liquor stores have Chaldean Catholic owners.

A year or so ago, one of the major American beer companies, Miller Brewing, sponsored a gay festival featuring a blasphemous gay “Last Supper.” All the Chaldean Catholic liquor stores in San Diego dumped that company’s products. The result? The company’s president visited the Chaldean Catholic cathedral here and apologized in person.

From antiquity to today, these people are witnesses and martyrs for the faith. Pray for them!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

i will certainly pray..

9:10 AM  
Blogger Rachel Gray said...

Thanks for the lesson about Chaldean Catholics! I'm glad to know all that.

1:55 PM  

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