Skip to comments.China's Modern Martyrs: From Mao to Now (Part 2)
Posted on 09/15/2013 10:52:40 AM PDT by marshmallow
The little-known story of the murder of 33 Trappist monks by Chinese Communists in 1947
[Editor's note: Part 1 of China's Modern Martyr's: From Mao to Now was published on June 13, 2013.]
Part 2, Torments
The body of Christ which is the Church, like the human body, was first young, but at the end of the world it will have an appearance of decline. St. Augustine
As I sat with Brother Marcel Zhang, OCSO (b. 1924), in his Beijing apartment, I thumbed through his private photographs of Yangjiaping Trappist Abbey. Some were taken before its destruction in 1947, and some he had taken during a recent visit to the ruins. What was once a majestic abbey church filled with divine prayer and worship had been reduced to debris and an occasional partial outline of a gothic window. When the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) attacked the monastery in 1947 and began its cruel torments against the monks, Zhang was one of the monks. He shared with me some of his recollections, no doubt at great risk. As we looked at a picture of the Abbey church as it appears today, where the monks gathered for daily Mass prior to 1947, Zhang paused to contemplate the ruins. Its already gone . . . already, the church is like this, he said, insinuating that the ruins of the Abbey church metaphorically represented the Church in China, still haunted by the past, still tormented in the present.
After the Peoples Court had demanded the collective execution of the monks of Our Lady of Consolation Abbey at Yangjiaping, the Trappists were bound in heavy chains or thin wire, which cut deeply into their wrists, and were confined to await their punishments. Brother Zhang recalled that during the many trials, Party officials presiding over.....
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