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very, very convinced

By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 13, 2005

Three years ago, a Chicago detective gave a brief character sketch of the late Mary Stachowicz:

"She would definitely let you know what her religious beliefs were and would certainly want you to listen and to follow," he said. "As the detectives said from the [statement] that was made, she was talking to Nick about homosexuality. She was very, very convinced of her religious beliefs."

Nick (Nicholas) Gutierrez, 19, Mary's co-worker, confessed to police that he became outraged when Mary dared to plead with him to exit his homosexual life. Mary died by his hand for her evangelization three years ago today.

The news of her death and the circumstances surrounding it were reported for a few days in the Chicago media. However, following Gutierrez's confession, both Catholic and secular media have been mute on the disposition of the criminal proceedings.

Requiescat in pace.

Oh... by the way... did you hear that Chicago's Francis Cardinal George is going to offer an anniversary Mass in commemoration of Mary's martyrdom?

Neither did we.

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  • Posted by: benedictusoblatus - Nov. 16, 2005 6:44 PM ET USA

    A pious dream I am sure ... the Cardinal offers the Mass, the woman's cause is introduced, the killer is scheduled for execution and, on the very eve of his being dispatched, he receives from Almighty God the grace of contrition and conversion. He is executed after making a public statement accepting his death as a just punishment for his crime. Justice served. A soul is saved. Life goes on.

  • Posted by: RC - Nov. 14, 2005 2:11 AM ET USA

    Thanks for reminding us of this martyr. OTOH, I hope Diogenes at least sent Cdl. George his suggestion in a letter before delivering this scornful little criticism. If he didn't, the criticism is a cheap shot, and probably undeserved.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Nov. 13, 2005 11:24 PM ET USA

    Pray for the soul of this woman and the conversion of her attacker.

  • Posted by: Ignacio177 - Nov. 13, 2005 1:30 PM ET USA

    Maybe our virtual comunity of CWN could begin the devotion and promote her cause. We already have St Palayo and St Charles Luango and Companions as martyrs at the hands of gays. She may be the first female martyr.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 13, 2005 12:55 PM ET USA

    "Father Rog, who has served at St. Hyacinth since 1985, said he didn't think the murder was a hate crime, even though the police report states that Gutierrez told investigators he allegedly killed Stachowicz in the heat of an argument over homosexuality." Gee, Father, what kind of a crime was it then....an act of charity?

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Nov. 13, 2005 11:36 AM ET USA

    The Cardinal is doing the right thing. It does indeed sound like she is a martyr! Would be interested to hear more regarding her witness.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 13, 2005 9:01 AM ET USA

    "But the parish priest where Stachowicz attended church disagreed about whether the murder constitutes a hate crime."...and, ...""I can well understand that, psychologically, he could very easily have become very angry," said Rog." Diogenes, the hate crimes legislaion is meant to protect minorities. This is subtle nuance, differentiating anger and hate; and best left to the local priest and prosecutor. Understand?! Actually, this highlights the lunacy of the legislation.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Nov. 13, 2005 8:19 AM ET USA

    It would appear that "homophobia" can be fatal...

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