March 3, 2014

Cardinal Josef Mindszenty...

On one my past visits to Fr. Ray Blake's blog, I stumbled across his January 2014 post on Cardinal Mindszenty of Hungary, along with the full 1950 Hollywood movie of his arrest and trial, staring the excellent character actor, Charles Bickford as Mindszenty. 

His Eminence
József Mindszenty
Cardinal Archbishop of Esztergom
Prince Primate of Hungary

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 I had never seen the movie before - did not even know it existed - and was thoroughly engrossed for the next one and a half hours. It was also enlightening in that it portrayed the various tortures used to induce information from prisoners - hot/cold water sprays, sleep/food deprivation, spinning chairs, drugs, hypnosis...some of which was used on the Cardinal. I dare say that in light of recent rulings against Christianity, the forced moral decadence upon society and the ever-more ubiquitous Obamacare mandate, we could expect the same here in the good ole US of A in the not too distant future, not only to its citizens, but its Catholic priests, Bishops and Cardinals also. 

May 6, 2015 will be the 40th Anniversary of his death. I wonder how much homage will be paid to him by the Catholic Church as that compared to the upcoming 2017 festivities honoring the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation?? Quite the dichotomy: honoring the Cardinal who defended the Church and honoring the priest who helped destroy the Church...

Please watch the movie, you won't be displeased (I hope...), even with the black and white film. The movie was based in part upon his personal papers, according to Wikipedia here.

Father's post on the Cardinal is here.
The Cardinal Mindszenty Foundation is based in my old home town of St. Louis, MO. Click on the name to go to their website.


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