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Bishop-Martyr who refused to submit to islam to be beatified Aug 29 August 18, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Christendom, Ecumenism, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, history, Holy suffering, martyrdom, persecution, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.

Syriac-Catholic Bishop Flavien-Michel Malké is to be beatified by Pope Francis Aug 29.  A convert from Orthodoxy, Bishop Flavien-Michel-MalkéMalke was martyred after refusing to convert to the false religion of islam in 1915, during the Armenian Genocide which was really a more general genocide by Ottoman muslims against all Christians in present-day Turkey.  From the 1870s to the early 1920s, the muslim Turks managed to kill or drive into exile nearly 10 million Christians, eliminating almost ALL Christian presence from one of our most ancient homelands.  May God have mercy on them for the evil they continue to commit, even to this day, and may all who belong to this false religion experience the grace of conversion to the Faith they so diabolically persecute (initial commentary by Robert Spencer):

Nowadays Bishop Flavien-Michel Malké’s feckless successors among the U.S. Catholic bishops bow and scrape before the children and heirs of those who killed him, silencing those who speak out about the Muslim persecution of Christians and consigning today’s new martyrs to their fate, sacrificing them on the altar of their fruitless, delusional and self-defeating quest for “dialogue” with Muslims.[It’s more than just US bishops.  This is a widespread delusion among the Church’s hierarchy today, especially in Western nations]How many Christians has that “dialogue” prevented from being persecuted or martyred? Why, absolutely none, of course. But the comfortable suburban Church continues on its comfortable suburban way, secure in its illusions and delusions. [That’s a damning indictment, but a highly accurate one] One day, however, the truth it has so assiduously endeavored to ignore, deny and suppress will dawn upon it with undeniable and terrifying reality, and maybe some of those bishops will realize how ill they served their people by enforcing and reinforcing their ignorance and complacency. [On this as well as many other matters]

“Syriac Bishop Will Be Beatified on the 100th Anniversary of His Martyrdom (832),” National Catholic Register, August 11, 2015:

…….On Saturday, Pope Francis approved a decree recognizing the martyrdom of Flavien-Michel Malké, a Syriac Catholic bishop who was killed in 1915, amid the Ottoman Empire’s genocide against its Christian minorities……..

………Bishop Malké will be beatified Aug. 29, the 100th anniversary of his martyrdom, during a liturgy celebrated by Ignatius Youssef III Younan, the Syriac patriarch of Antioch, at the convent of Our Lady of Deliverance in Lebanon. It is expected that thousands of Syrians and Iraqis displaced by the Islamic State will attend the beatification.

“In these painful times experienced by Christians, especially the Syriac communities in Iraq and Syria, the news of the beatification of one of their martyrs, will surely bring encouragement and consolation to face today’s trials of appalling dimension,” read an Aug. 9 statement of the Syriac Patriarchate of Antioch.

“Blessed Martyr Michael, intercede for us, and protect especially the Christians in the Orient and all the world in these hard and painful days.” [Can we say a bit more about the evil of so many followers of islam, or is that imprudent when souls already have the knife at their throat?]

Malké was born in 1858 in the village of Kalaat Mara, a village of the Ottoman Empire in what is now Turkey, to a Syriac Orthodox family. He joined a monastery of that Church and was ordained a deacon, but then converted to the Syriac Catholic Church. (Both the Syriac Orthodox and Syriac Catholics use the West-Syrian rite.)

After his conversion, he was ordained a priest in Aleppo in 1883. He was a member of the Fraternity of St. Ephrem and served parishes in southeastern Turkey, near his home.

Ottoman persecution of Christians began in earnest with the Hamidian massacres of 1894-1897. Malké’s church and home were sacked and burned in 1895, and many of his parishioners were murdered, including his mother. In total, the massacres killed between 80,000 and 300,000 Christians……..

……He was selected to become a bishop in the 1890s, serving as a chorbishop and helping in the rebuilding of Christian villages. In 1913, he was consecrated bishop and appointed head of the Syriac Diocese of Gazireh (modern-day Cizre, 150 miles southeast of Diyarbakir).

A second round of persecution of Christians in the Ottoman Empire began in April 1915. Known as the Armenian Genocide, it targeted the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek Christian minorities in the empire. The Assyrian genocide (the portion of the mass killings directed against Syriac and Chaldean Christians) is also known as the Seyfo Massacre, from the Syriac word for sword.

Some 1.5 million Christians were killed, and millions more were displaced during the genocide. 

During the summer when the genocide broke out, Bishop Malké was in the Idil district, near Gazireh. In June 1915, hearing the Ottoman forces were preparing to massacre Gazireh’s people, he returned.

According to the Syriac Patriarchate, when his friends and acquaintances urged him to withdraw from Gazireh to a safer location, he replied, “Even my blood I will shed for my sheep.”

Together with four of his priests and the Chaldean bishop of Gazireh, Philippe-Jacques Abraham, he was arrested and imprisoned for two months.

Bishop Malké refused to convert to Islam, and on Aug. 29, 1915, he was martyred.

He was the last Syriac bishop of Gazireh; after his death, the diocese was suppressed, and, today, the Syriac Catholic Church has no presence in Turkey. [Because they were all killed or driven into exile]

“Even my blood I will shed for my sheep.”  It’s such an easy thing for me to say, but how many bishops have this kind of devotion to the souls in their charge today?  We hear so much about pastoral care, even to the point of changing irreformable revealed Dogma ostensibly for pastoral reasons, but this is true pastoral concern – defending the Truth and refusing to submit to a false religion even to the point of death.

Blessed Flavien-Michel Malké, pray for us, especially our bishops!


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