It happened, by an amazing chance, that a fellow-prisoner was a priest, to whom Jose Antonio was allowed access that he might be shriven. At dawn on the 20th November, he bade farewell to his brother and was taken out into a courtyard to be shot. Prophetically anticipating the future plenitude of the movement he created, he stood to face the rifles with two Falangists on one side and two Requetes on the other. He gave a lusty cry of “Arriba Espana” and kissed the crucifix in humility. A moment later his body was dead.
Tens of thousands, mainly young people and young families, marched through Warsaw yesterday, 11th November, on Poland’s Independence Day, appealing to the Holy Mother of God to guide and protect Poland from her enemies.
The annual march, organised by Ruch Narodowy, the National Movement, was attended by 50,000 people according to the civil authorities. The organisers calculated the attendance to be considerably more.
At 10.00am the official programme began with the organisers encouraging everyone to attend the traditional Mass before gathering at the Roman Dmowski roundabout for public recitation of the rosary. At 2.00pm the President of the March for Independence Committee, Robert Bąkiewicz, pictured here with his rosary, announced the official start of the March and amidst the red glare of hundreds of flares and dense smoke rising to the heavens the march set off on its route towards the National Stadium.
Bóg, Honor, Ojczyzna
The first volume of the complete works of the outstanding 1940’s – 1950’s U.S. Catholic magazine Integrity is a must-read for anyone who’s serious about living the Faith.
“Born in 1911 and 1916 respectively, Carol Robinson and Ed Willock co-founded Integrity magazine in October 1946 in New York City …….. Integrity writers were under no illusion that American-style liberal democracy was the solution to atheistic communism. They unashamedly called for the conversion of the West to the Catholic Faith.
……. It is fair to categorise Willock, as well as Robinson, as being of the same calibre and of the same anti-modernist, anti-Americanist school of thought as Fr. Clifford Fenton and Fr. Francis J. Connell, American priests who, during the mid-20th century, warred against Liberal Catholics like Fr. John Courtney Murray (the main architect of Vatican II’s document on religious liberty).
……. Unfortunately, their wholly orthodox, Aquinas-inspired theology was scrapped at Vatican II and replaced by the so-called “new theology” pushed by the likes of Council periti Yves Congar, a progressive French Dominican who was censured in the decades prior. The Church has been suffering ever since.”
The traditional story is here tested against the evidence. ‘The Gunpowder Plot’ of 1605, also known at the time as the ‘Gunpowder Treason Plot’ or the ‘Jesuit Treason’, was billed as a failed assassination plot against Protestant King James I of England by a group of English Catholics led by Robert Catesby.
The official story was that the “conspirators” were going to blow up the House of Lords during the opening of England’s Parliament on 5th November by igniting a massive cache of gunpowder stored in the cellars under the Houses of Parliament. The alleged conspirators, we are told, hoped to inspire a widespread revolt in which a Catholic monarch could be placed on the throne.
Also allegedly involved in the plot were a number of other Catholics including Guido “Guy” Fawkes, a veteran of the military. Fawkes was supposedly given charge of the explosives. One version of the “official” story is that he was caught in the act, just as he was lighting the fuse attached to the pile of gunpowder. At their trial on 27th January, 1606, eight of the survivors, including Fawkes, were convicted and sentenced to be hung, drawn and quartered. Almost all of them had confessed after weeks of brutal torture.
The Protestant ruling elite subsequently used the Gunpowder Plot to continue cracking down on the practice of Catholicism in England and to foment perpetual war with England’s neighbours.
Many more Catholics, lay and clergy alike, were hunted down, tortured and either imprisoned or executed. Many Catholics went into hiding. But was the Gunpowder Plot a “false flag,” an event in which one group frames another for a crime for some political end? And how does the evidence stand up to real scrutiny? Was the plot even possible? Was it more likely that members of a government faction had set up the plot themselves using infiltrators and double agents?
At the time (and ever since), propaganda about the event was used to unify the people against Catholics, with state-sponsored holidays in which effigies of Guy Fawkes, in particular, were burned as the public lit bonfires and celebrated the foiling of the “dastardly” scheme. What’s the truth? Find out in this special edition of an 1897 book by John Gerard, who bears the same name as one of the Catholic priests pursued for involvement in the Gunpowder Plot.