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Priest slaughtered during Mass, nun injured; bishop claims perps “victims” July 26, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, error, General Catholic, Glory, Holy suffering, martyrdom, persecution, priests, scandals, shocking, Society, the struggle for the Church, unadulterated evil.

During Mass this morning in Rouen, a French priest was nearly beheaded (he perished), and a nun gravely wounded, during an attack by jihadists that also devolved into a hostage situation where several others were injured.  The instigators of this attack shouted the dreadfully familiar “allahu akbar” and were subsequently killed by French police.  The parish where this attack occurred had apparently been on an ISIS target list for over a year:

Two knife-wielding attackers who had pledged allegiance to ISIS, shouting “Allahu Akbar,” slit the throat of an 84-year-old priest and critically wounded at least one other person during a Tuesday morning terror attack on a Catholic church near the Normandy city of Rouen, officials said.

The terrorists, who were later shot and killed by police, forced priest Jacques Hamel to kneel before they slaughtered him, and the Islamist attackers captured the bloody episode on film, Reuters reported, citing a nun who escaped the assault. ISIS’ Amaq news agency said the France attack was carried out by two Islamic State “soldiers,” Reuters reported…….

……..The attackers, who were not immediately identified, entered through the back door of the church and took the priest, two nuns and two parishioners hostage during morning Mass, police said.

Police responded and later confirmed that the attackers had been “neutralized,” Sky News reported. Three hostages were rescued in good condition, while another was taken away on a stretcher, according to reports.

It seems basically everyone at the Mass – the priest, a couple of female religious, and two lay people, were taken hostage?  Amazingly, the Archbishop of Rouen, comfortably ensconced at World Youth Day in Krakow, described the murderers as “victims:”

Away from his diocese at the World Youth Day celebrations in Krakow, Poland the archbishop of Rouen has released astatement on the death of one of his priests this morning, which strangely seems to identify both the slain clergyman and his killers as “victims”.

He said: “I have learnt with sadness of the killing this morning at the Church of Saint-Etienne du Rouvray. The three victims: the priest, Father Jacques Hamel, 84, and the perpetrators of the assassination.

“Three other people were injured, one very seriously. I cry out to God with all men of good will. I would invite non-believers to join in the cry!……. The Catholic Church cannot take weapons other than those of prayer and brotherhood among men.

We can always count on the post-VII modernist-progressive cabal to invert the truth, say the wrong thing, and cause scandal.  How one turns vicious, cold-blooded murderers, shot in the very act of committing grave crimes, into victims, is beyond me.  It requires decades of deep immersion in moral relativism and a reprobate sense to arrive at that level of moral confusion and abdication of duty.

As for “other weapons,” how about the Truth, Bishop Lebrun?  How about preaching the Truth of Jesus Christ in season and out, and clearly denouncing the massive, soul-killing errors of Mohammadism?

Lebrun, a longtime liberal, was appointed Archbishop of Rouen by Francis just last year.  Perhaps he’s still growing into his office.

As for the priest, Father Jacques Hamel, he was 84  years when killed.  I know nothing of his personal beliefs, but he must be considered a martyr for the Faith and the Church in France.  He is the first priest martyred in continental Europe in quite some time, isn’t he?  Perhaps since the fall of the communist empire?

We live in dreadful times.  It is vital to stay prayed up.

Via Cardinal Sarah’s twitter feed: “How many dead before European governments understand situation of West today? How many decapitations?”

Indeed.  One more question: how many Catholics must die before the Church hierarchy recognizes that all “dialogue” with islam is a useless diversion, at best, and stands in total opposition to islam and its murderous errors as the Church did for so many centuries?


1. Brian Springer - July 26, 2016

God rest his soul.

As for the Archbishop, I pray for him (or, I should) this kind of talk is ridiculous and can only invite scorn from those with eyes to see.

2. Baseballmom - July 26, 2016

Read this early this morning and was sickened by the pure evil. Coming to a parish near me I am certain…. Many of our men carry, which is a prudent act at this point.

3. Steven Cornett - July 26, 2016

Oh good grief….words fail.

If the terrorist is the victim, what does that make the beheaded priest and the injured nun?

Chipped beef?

4. Richard M - July 26, 2016

I keep my expectations of French bishops very low indeed; they’re even more MTD and indifferentist than what prevails in the U.S. I read the statement’s translation quickly and was actually impressed that he mentioned Fr. Popieluszko, who was butchered by the communist secret police in 1984.

And then I went back and read the statement again, and he does clearly speak of “three victims” – the priest, and the two attackers.

This is no the stuff of which the Church was built up. And it helps explain why it’s dying so rapidly now in France.

As for Fr. Hamel: Kyrie Eleison. He was killed in odium fidei, celebrating Mass, and I have real hope that he has been welcomed to the embrace of God as a martyr and saint.,

5. leftfooter - July 26, 2016

“The Catholic Church cannot take weapons other than those of prayer and brotherhood among men.” Is this Prelate a Catholic or a Quaker, and what does he have to say of St Joan of Arc?

Tantumblogo - July 26, 2016

Good points.

Tim - July 26, 2016

Sounds like a Freemason. Joan of Arc is a saint. This bishop is a modernist.

6. MFG - July 26, 2016

Interesting this attack occurred on the Feast of St. Anne, where France has an ancient devotion to her; and whose relics were burried there.

With all the attacks in France recently, one must wonder if God is using this to entreat the Church’s eldest daughter back to His sacred heart. As secular as it is, France is the home for traditionalists in Europe (compare to Germany whose govt and priests promote spiritual blindness).

As things go south in the west, we may be surprised to see which countries do actually respond to God’s grace during a chastisement. France could be one of them.

Richard M - July 26, 2016

Good things are already afoot: Nowhere is traditional monasticism stronger or more vibrant than in France.

Tantumblogo - July 26, 2016

Nice thoughts. I pray they come true.

DM - July 26, 2016

France will be one of them, almost certainly. The practice of the Faith hit bottom there first, but it will also be one of the first to begin to return, in large part because of the substantial contingent of traditionalists there, who will rapidly replace the old guard liberals within 10-15 years. Not to mention the potentially unifying effect of increasing Islamist attacks like today.

Like you said, we will be surprised by which countries respond to God’s grace and which don’t. Among the ones that don’t I bet will be the until-recently Catholic strongholds of Ireland, Italy, Austria Switzerland and Spain. Sorry to go off topic from your post Tantum but this subject would make a really interesting post on its own.

7. Faith of Our Fathers - July 26, 2016

Tantum have been saying the same for years dialogue with Moslem Heathens is no good as we know it’s always one way . The killing of this brave priest who had fought the good fight run the race and now the prize awaits . Has been condemned all day on various newsreels and all over social media. I have yet to see a Moslem Cleric come out from behind their dens of iniquity otherwise called MOSKS and condemn today’s atracocites,or for that matter any other of the atracocites comited . I know you keep your weapons Tantum and good for you .There is no doubt these (victims) COWARDS would not have entered this church if they knew people had weapons.

8. Daze Inde - July 26, 2016

Thank the inertia of Obama and his communist cronies of the leftist press. I long for Trump as President.

9. Christian Duty in the Face of Terror | A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics - July 28, 2016

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