English Martyrs’ Honor roll

May 4

English Martyrs’ feast day today.  4 May (England) 25 October (Wales). Orate pro nobis. 

Requiescant in Pace

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Cardinal John Fisher + Lord Chancellor Thomas More + John Houghton + Robert Lawrence + Augustine Webster  + Humphrey Middlemore + William Exmew + Sebastian Newdigate + John Rochester + James Walworth + Thomas Johnson + William Greenwood + John Davye + Robert Salt + Walter Pierson + Thomas Green + Thomas Scryven + Thomas Redyng + Richard Bere + Robert Horne + Richard Whiting + Hugh Farringdon + Thomas Marshall (or John Beche) + John Thorne + Richard James + William Eynon + John Rugg + Thomas Abel + Edward Powell + Richard Fetherstone + John Haile + John Larke + Richard Reynold + John Stone + John Forrest + Adrian Fortescue + Margaret Pole +  German Gardiner + John Felton + Thomas Plumtree + John Storey + Thomas Percy + Thomas Woodhouse + Cuthbert Mayne + John Nelson +  Thomas Nelson + Everard Hanse + Edmund Campion + Ralph Sherwin + Alexander Briant + John Payne + Thomas Ford + John Shert + Robert Johnson + William Filby + Luke Kirby + Lawrence Richardson + Thomas Cottom + William Lacey + Richard Kirkman + James Thomson + William Hart + Richard Thirkeld + Anthony Brookby + Thomas Belchiam + Thomas Cort + Friar Waire + John Griffith + Cardinal Pole + Sir Thomas Dingley + John Travers + Edmund Brindholme + Sir David Gonson (also Genson and Gunston) + John Ireland + John Larke + Thomas Ashby + John Slade + John Bodley + William Carter + George Haydock + James Fenn + Thomas Hemerford + John Nutter + John Munden + James Bell + John Finch + Richard White + Thomas Alfield + Thomas Webley + Hugh Taylor + Marmaduke Bowes + Edward Stransham + Nicholas Woodfen + Margaret Clitherow + Richard Sergeant + William Thompson + Robert Anderton + William Marsden + Francis Ingleby + John Finglow + John Sandys + John Adams + John Lowe + Richard Dibdale + Robert Bickerdike + Richard Langley + Thomas Pilchard + Edmund Sykes + Robert Sutton + Stephen Rowsham + John Hambley  + George Douglas + Alexander Crowe + Nicholas Garlick + Robert Ludlum + Richard Sympson + Robert Morton + Hugh Moor + William Gunter + Thomas Holford + William Dean + Henry Webley + James Claxton + Thomas Felton + Richard Leigh + Edward Shelly + Richard Martin + Richard Flower (Floyd or Lloyd) + John Roche + Mrs. Margaret Ward + William Way + Robert Wilcox + Edward Campion + Christopher Buxton + Robert Windmerpool + Robert Crocket + Edward James + John Robertson +  William Hartley + John Weldon (vere Hewett) + Robert Sutton + Richard Williams + John Symons, (or Harrison) + Edward Burden + William Lampley + John Amias + Robert Dalby + George Nichols + Richard Yaxley + Thomas Belson + Humphrey Pritchard + William Spenser + Robert Hardesty + Christopher Bayles + Nicholas Horner + Alexander Blake + Miles Gerard + Francis Dicconson + Edward Jones + Anthony Middleton + Edmund Duke + Richard Hill + John Hogg + Richard Holliday + Robert Thorpe + Thomas Watkinson + Monford Scott + George Beesley + Roger Dicconson + Ralph Milner + William Pikes + Edmund Jennings + Swithin Wells + Eustace White + Polydore Plasden + Brian Lacey + John Masson + Sydney Hodgson + William Patenson + Thomas Pormort + Roger Ashton + Edward Waterson + James Bird + Joseph Lampton +  William Davies + John Speed + William Harrington + John Cornelius +  Thomas Bosgrave + John Carey + Patrick Salmon + John Boste + John Ingram + George Swallowell + Edward Osbaldeston + Robert Southwell + Alexander Rawlins + Henry Walpole + William Freeman + Philip Howard, Earl of Arundel + George Errington + William Knight + William Gibson + Henry Abbott + William Andleby + Thomas Warcop + Edward Fulthrop + John Britton + Peter Snow + Ralph Gromston + John Buckley + Christopher Robertson + Richard Horner + John Lion + James Dowdal + Christopher Wharton +  Thomas Sprott + Thomas Hunt + Robert Nutter + Edward Thwing + Thomas Palasor + John Norton + John Talbot + John Pibush + Mark Barkworth + Roger Filcock + Anne Linne + Thurstan Hunt + Robert Middleton + Nicholas Tichborne + Thomas Hackshot + James Harrison + Anthony Battie or Bates + James Duckett + Thomas Tichborne + Robert Watkinson + Francis Page + William Richardson + John Sugar + Robert Grissold + Lawrence Bailey + Thomas Welborne + John Fulthering + William Brown + Nicholas Owen + Edward Oldcorne + Robert Ashley + Robert Drury + Matthew Flathers + George Gervase + Thomas Garnet + Roger Cadwallador + George Napper + Thomas Somers + John Roberts + William Scot + Richard Newport + John Almond + Thomas Atkinson + John Thouless + Roger Wrenno + Thomas Maxfield + Thomas Tunstall + William Southerne + Edmund Arrowsmith + Richard Herst + William Ward + Edward Barlow + Thomas Reynold + Bartholomew Roe +  John Lockwood + Edmund Catherick + Edward Morgan + Hugh Green + Thomas Bullaker + Thomas Holland + Henry Heath + Brian Cansfield + Arthur Bell + Richard Price + John Duckett + Ralph Corbin +Henry Morse + John Goodman + Philip Powell + John Woodcock + Edward Bamber + Thomas Whitaker  Peter Wright + John Southworth +  Edward Coleman + Edward Mico + Thomas Beddingfeld + William Ireland +  John Grove + Thomas Pickering + Thomas Whitbread + William Harcourt + John Fenwick + John Gavin or Green + Anthony Turner + Francis Nevil + Richard Langhorne + William Plessington +  Philip Evans + John Lloyd + Nicholas Postgate + Charles Mahoney + John Wall + Francis Levinson + John Kemble + David Lewis + Thomas Thwing + William Howard + Oliver Plunkett + Elizabeth Barton + John Dering + Edward Bocking + Hugh Rich + Richard Masters + Henry Gold + Matthew Mackerel + John Tenent + William Cole + John Francis + William Cowper + Richard Laynton + Hugh Londale + William Wood + William Thyrsk + James Cockerel + Adam Sedbar + George Asleby + Richard Harrison + Richard Wade + William Swale + Henry Jenkinson + Nicholas Heath + William Gylham + William Trafford +  Richard Eastgate + John Paslew +  John Eastgate + William Haydock + Robert Hobbes + Ralph Barnes + Laurence Blonham + John Pickering + George ab Alba Rose + William Burraby + Thomas Kendale +  John Henmarsh + James Mallet + John Pickering + Thomas Redforth + Lord Darcy + Lord Hussey + Francis Bigod + Stephen Hammerton + Thomas Percy + Robert Aske + Robert Constable + Bernard Fletcher + George Hudswell + Robert Lecche + Roger Neeve + George Lomley + Thomas Moyne + Robert Sotheby + Nicholas Tempest + Philip Trotter + Henry Courtney, + Henry Pole + Lord Montague + Sir Edward Nevell + Sir Nicholas Carew + George Croft + John Collins + Hugh Holland + Lawrence Cook + Thomas Empson + Robert Bird + William Peterson + William Richardson + Giles Heron +   Martin de Courdres + Paul of St. William + Darby Genning + Thomas Bishop + Simon Digby + John Fulthrope + John Hall + Christopher Norton + Thomas Norton + Robert Pennyman + Oswald Wilkinson +  Thomas Percy + Thomas Gabyt + William Hambleton + Roger Martin + Christopher Dixon + James Laburne  + Edward Arden + Richard Creagh + Thomas Watson + Austin Abbott + Richard Adams + Thomas Belser + John Boxall + James Brushford + Edmund Cannon + William Chedsey + Henry Cole  + Anthony Draycott + Andrew Fryer + — Gretus + Richard Hatton + Nicholas Harpsfield + — Harrison + Francis Quashet + Thomas Slythurst + William Wood + John Young + Alexander Bales + Richard Bolbet + Sandra Cubley + Thomas Cosen + Mrs. Cosen + Hugh Dutton + Edward Ellis + Gabriel Empringham + John Fitzherbert + Sir Thomas Fitzherbert + John Fryer + Anthony Fugatio + — Glynne, +  David Gwynne + John Hammond (alias Jackson) + Richard Hart + Robert Holland + John Lander +  Anne Lander + Peter Lawson + Widow Lingon + Phillipe Lowe + — May + John Molineaux + Henry Percy + Richard Reynolds + Edmund Sexton +  Robert Shelly + Thomas Sommerset + Francis Spencer +  John Thomas + Peter Tichborne + William Travers + Sir Edward Waldegrave + Richard Weston + John Ackridge + William Baldwin + William Bannersly + Thomas Bedal + Richard Bowes +  Henry Comberford + James Gerard + Nicholas Grene + Thomas Harwood + John Pearson + Thomas Ridall +  James Swarbrick + Anthony Ash + Thomas Blinkensop + Stephen Branton + Lucy Budge +  John Chalmer + Isabel Chalmer + John Constable + Ralph Cowling + John Eldersha + Isabel Foster +  — Foster + Agnes Fuister + Thomas Horsley + Stephen Hemsworth + Mary Hutton + Agnes Johnson +  Thomas Layne + Thomas Luke + Alice Oldcorne +  — Reynold + — Robinson + John Stable + Mrs. Margaret Stable +  Geoffrey Stephenson +  Thomas Vavasour + Mrs. Dorothy Vavasour + Margaret Webster + Frances Webster +  Christopher Watson + Hercules Welborn + Alice Williamson + James Brown + Richard Coppinger + Robert Edmonds +  John Feckinham + Lawrence Mabbs +  William Middleton + Placid Peto + Thomas Preston +  Boniface Wilford + Thomas Rede + Sister Isabel Whitehead + Thomas Brownel + John Almond + Thomas Mudde + David Joseph Kemys + Thomas Ackridge + Paul Atkinson + Laurence Collier + Walter Coleman +  Germane Holmes +  Matthew Brazier (alias Grimes) +  Humphrey Browne + Thomas Foster + William Harcourt + John Hudd +  Cuthbert Prescott +  Ignatius Price + Charles Pritchard + Francis Simeon + Nicholas Tempest + John Thompson + Charles Thursley + William Baldwin + James Gerard + John Pearson +  James Swarbick + Thurstam Arrowsmith + Humphrey Beresford + William Bredstock + James Clayton + William Deeg + Ursula Foster +  — Green+  William Griffith+  William Heath + Richard Hocknell + John Jessop + Richard Kitchin + William Knowles + Thomas Lynch + William Maxfield + — Morecock + Alice Paulin + Edmund Rookwood + Richard Spencer + — Tremaine + Edmund Vyse + Jane Vyse + Cuthbert Turnstall + Ralph Bayle + Owen Oglethorpe + John White + Richard Pate + David Poole + Edward Bonner + Gilbert Bourne + Thomas Thurlby + James Thurberville + Nicholas Heath +

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Walsingham Walk

Our Lady of Walsingham’s feast day today.  Ora pro nobis. Photos by John Aron Our story begins before the Norman Invasion in 1066. Five years earlier, a Lady of Walsingham Manor reported that she was ‘taken in spirit’ to Nazareth, shown the house where the Annunciation took place and asked by Our Lady to build … Read more

Paris Report: August 2016

REGINA is an international Magazine with correspondents on the ground in more than a dozen countries. Today, REGINA’s Paris-based correspondent, 35, discusses the realities she is living today.

REGINA: What’s happening now?

PARIS: There have been so many controversies about the last two terror attacks: the one in Nice, and early this week, while he was celebrating mass, a priest who was held hostage by two Islamist terrorists who finally cut his throat and tried to kill the other people attending this weekday mass. And now, the French police blog has reported that in Belgium, a couple days ago, a priest was stabbed to death by a Syrian migrant. But no word of it in the big French media, of course. Would anger people even more.

REGINA: And what is your government saying?

PARIS: And the French president is saying all has been done to protect us against Islamist terror.

REGINA: How are French people receiving this?

PARIS: That’s like saying you citizens are potential targets and we, the country’s leaders, will not do anything but sit and watch it happen.

REGINA: And what are the people saying about this?

PARIS: A country’s leaders’ first duty is to protect the country’s citizens. Our leaders are so incompetent.

REGINA: What is the government response?

PARIS:  They’re saying things like, let’s understand our Muslim brothers who are “the first victims” of terrorism. No kidding?!  There’s no word to adequately describe the government’s attitude and rhetoric.

REGINA: One of the terrorists who beheaded the priest was under observation and had to wear a locator device, except for a few hours a day. It was during that time that he committed the atrocity. PARIS: The French government is only taking baby steps against terrorists. One of them in jail has been allowed a private cell with a private gym, because, so they say, he needs to be in good shape for his trial. Can you believe this? France is afraid of what the European Commission on Human Rights will say if it cracks down too hard on terrorists, on would-be terrorists, if they restrict freedoms too much for the sake of safety and security. Their philosophy right now is : better terrorists free to commit their crimes and thousands slaughtered than a few innocents surveilled or arrested by mistake.

REGINA: What do you think most French people are thinking, in their hearts?

PARIS: Those terrorists are France’s enemy, or traitors when they’re French and should be handled as such. But they’re not because Muslims can’t be stigmatized by France, in the name of Human Rights, but any of us, hundreds of us, honest non-Muslim citizens may be slaughtered, that’s okay.

REGINA: Hungary’s prime minister has state unequivocally that they do not need migrants. Are any other countries also taking a different stance?

PARIS: Poland could not care less about what that European commission says about their practices, for the better. But we, the French, drape ourselves in virtue and good conscience, so we can’t go against what the EU says we should do. Too bad if innocent citizens are killed because of that. The exception to this is the Corsicans. French leaders may be scared, but not in Corsica. There, the main organization for the independence of Corsica has publicly stated: if ISIS agents start killing Corsicans, we’ll do the same to them. Not to say that that’s the right thing to say and/or do. But many in France say well, at least they have guts.

REGINA: Where does the French Church stand in all of this?

PARIS: At the beginning of the current president’s Hollande’s term, four years ago, his minister of Education said Catholicism was threatening democracy in France. Today the French Catholic church is saying to its flock:  let’s love those who are  slaughtering us.

REGINA: Nothing else?

PARIS: No. Nothing like ‘this is just intolerable, awful, horrible, we are so damn mad, those terrorists are evil.’

REGINA: What do French Catholics in the pews think about what the Church hierarchy is saying?

PARIS:  The Pope least of all. Our priests, bishops and archbishops are offering us in sacrifice. That’s as simple as that.

REGINA: We hear the same thing.

PARIS: Okay, when you’re Christian, talking of love and peace makes sense even in the worse situations. But damn it, at least say something to condemn the evil and those who’re committing it, to say you understand your flock’s outrage. No. Nothing.

On TV, one priest even said we should consider forgiving. Really ? The Church will not allow the divorced and remarried to go to communion, for example, but as a terrorist, especially if you slaughter a priest, you may be forgiven, just like that? Plus, nobody has asked for forgiveness.

REGINA: We hear the same thing.

PARIS: But to be fair, I have read about one army chaplain and the bishop to the French armed forces who have said things to the effect that it’s never said in the Scriptures that Christ is against all violence. Accepting to be crucified is very violent. Christ has kicked the merchants out of the temple. Violence may be legitimate when you use it to defend yourself, your loved ones, your country. It has never been asked of Christians to offer themselves, their priests, their children in sacrifice to evil. But those who dare say such things are not the priests or bishops interviewed in the media.

REGINA: This morning, our Facebook friends reported, “Three police guarding a packed Mass in Cannes, France.” Have you seen this or heard this from anyone?

PARIS: Soldiers standing guard in front of churches is useless. Those terrorists do not care. Nothing will deter them from killing, taking their own lives or being killed and die as martyrs as they say.

REGINA: English-speaking media is blaring that Muslims are attending Catholic masses ‘in solidarity’ today. Have you seen this or heard this from anyone?

PARIS: On Sunday, imams invited Muslims to attend mass in solidarity with Catholics. Many people are not sure what to think of that. And then, they are doing that now, but did they express solidarity with the Jews when that Islamic terrorist entered a Jewish school in Paris and slaughtered children? Did they express solidarity when three French soldiers were shot down near their base? They did not.

REGINA: France has a huge Muslim population. Is no one speaking up about this travesty?

PARIS: On a radio (RMC) talk show, a listener called to say he was Muslim and as such was so mad at France’s being way too kind with the Islamic terrorists, that he’s sick and tired of terrorists being so well treated, that in Algeria or Morocco, they would be treated as the worst criminals. Hopefully, many Muslims think the same. We don’t know as there’s often what is said to the media, and what is really thought.

REGINA: What has the government done vis a vis stopping the spread of radical Islam?

PARIS: They say they have been closing mosques where radical imams are preaching. You know what? They close these mosques for some time, and then you learn in the press that the same mosques have been allowed to re-open. Yesterday, there was a meeting between the minister of the Interior and imams’ representatives: the latter promised for the umpteenth time to reform their practices. They have been promising that for years, but nothing has been done. And, say some specialists, they can’t change the Koran, anyway.

REGINA: What do you read into the actions of the current French government?

PARIS: Our leaders are scared of being labeled racists, anti-Muslims, extremists, politically incorrect, etc. Too bad if that kills thousands of citizens. Finally, there are people who say that it makes sense that the Church does want to make things worse by having harsh words on Islam or Muslims. The Church and the government are scared of one thing: that a clandestine organization will start acting against Muslims or even that there will be civil war.

Celebrating the Mass of Ages

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The FSSP’s ‘Extraordinary’ New House of Formation in Mexico

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Rogue Priest

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Masonic Mexico

by Michael Durnan Masonic Mexico Photos by Beverly Stevens and Michael Durnan Aren’t the Masons just a voluntary service organization, like the Rotary Club? What possible connection could they have to Mexico? In this concise article, REGINA writer Michael Durnan sheds light on the hidden history of the Masons in Mexico — and looks at … Read more

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Beyond Belief: Nuestra Señora de la Santa Muerte

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