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Martyrology: A Step Backward

Atila S. Guimar√£es  -  April 15, 2000

The Vatican announced that the common martyrology, to be proclaimed in an ecumenical service at the Coliseum in Rome on May 7, 2000, will no longer have a list of names. After having asked the Bishops of the whole world to send names to be included - in the U.S., for example, we saw the proposal of the name of Martin Luther King - Jesuit Fr. Jozef Maj announced on January 14 that
"the Vatican has opted to avoid promulgating or publicizing the thousands of individual martyrs worldwide because it could give rise to misunderstanding or even division."
Maj is a member of the commission planning the event and an official of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (National Catholic Reporter, January 28, 2000, p.12).

Without a doubt, the strong and salutary traditionalist reaction to the absurd new martyrology contributed to this measure being taken.


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