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an American martyr for today's Church

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Nov 12, 2010

Tomorrow, November 13, marks the 8th anniversary of the brutal killing of Mary Stachowicz

Three years ago I suggested that the Chicago archdiocese should open a cause for her beatification. Bishop Thomas Paprocki, who knew her personally, has testified that "she died as a martyr for her faith." Read the whole story, if you aren't familiar with the case already, and see if you don't agree that she was murdered in odium fidei

Her  death was awful. But the suffering of Mary Stachowicz ended 8 years ago. Today, many thousands of Catholics could draw courage from her heroic witness-- if they heard about it.

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  • Posted by: wojo425627 - Nov. 13, 2010 7:57 AM ET USA

    I'm not sure about this. After reading phils linked story and the wikipedia entry for Mary it doesn't seem to fit the description of martyr in John hardons dictionary. He says a martyr is one Who chooses to suffer, even to die, rather than rather than renounce His or her faith or Christian principles. Also that the person doesn't resist their persecutor when they use violence out of malice or hatred for Christ, his church or some revealed truth of the catholic religion.

  • Posted by: dqualk - Nov. 12, 2010 6:48 PM ET USA

    She is a martyr no doubt! I hope the Church will recongnize her martyrdom soon.

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