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Beatify Bhatti, John Allen suggests

May 04, 2012

John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter offers an interesting suggestion as to how the Holy See could dramatize the plight of Christians who die for the faith:

Here's the idea: Beatify Shahbaz Bhatti, and do it now.

The bishops of Pakistan have already called for the beatification of Bhatti, the cabinet minister who was killed in March 2011, after he called for changes in the country's blasphemy law. Allen argues that a quick beatification, waiving the usual delays, would "shine a powerful spotlight on the harrowing realities of 21st-century martyrdom."


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  • Posted by: John J Plick - May. 06, 2012 6:01 AM ET USA

    ".... the Holy See could dramatize the plight..." Dramatize the plight??? Does Allen have amnesia??? What happened to the glory of martyrdom? What happened to its power? Beatify and canonize them,if indeed they are worthy, most certainly. But to dramatize "the plight...?" Utterly ridiculous.