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16_05_13_OLFatima_200From Jihad Watch:

Mexico: Muslim stabs priest at the altar of Mexico City’s Metropolitan Cathedral


“A French Muslim stabs a priest in the cathedral of Mexico,” translated from “Un musulmán francés apuñala a un sacerdote en la catedral de México,” by Ana Fuentes, Actuall, May 16, 2017 (thanks to C.):

A priest who officiated at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City was stabbed last Monday at 6:00 pm by a middle-aged man who went up to the altar and stabbed a blade into his neck.

According to the archdiocese, the attacker, named John Rene Rockschiil, of Muslim faith according to the Mexican media, was arrested after carrying out the attack with a knife.

After calling the police, a Condor unit from the capital’s public security secretariat arrived in the vicinity of the cathedral, located in the historic city center, to transfer the clergyman to San Miguel Chapultepec hospital.

Some of the testimonies of the parishioners who were in the cathedral emphasize that some of those present detained the 35-year-old man, in addition to providing medical care to the parish priest Miguel Angel Machorro, until the aid services arrived.

This year is the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima.

Ven. Fulton Sheen once wrote:

“This brings us to our second point, namely, why the Blessed Mother, in this twentieth century, should have revealed herself in the insignificant little village of Fatima, so that to all future generations she would be known as ‘Our Lady of Fatima’. Since nothing ever happens out of heaven except with a finesse of all details, I believe that the Blessed Virgin chose to be known as ‘Our Lady of Fatima’ as a pledge and a sign of hope to the Moslem people, and as an assurance that they, who show her so much respect, will one day accept her Divine Son, too.

Evidence to support these views is found in the historical fact that the Moslems occupied Portugal for centuries. At the time when they were finally driven out, the last Moslem chief had a beautiful daughter by the name of Fatima. A Catholic boy fell in love with her, and for him she not only stayed behind when the Moslems left, but even embraced the faith. The young husband was so much in love with her that he changed the name of the town where he lived to Fatima. Thus, the very place where Our Lady appeared in 1917 bears a historical connection to Fatima, the daughter of Mohammed.”

Food for thought.

Sts. Nunilo and Alodia, pray for us.
St. Lawrence of Brindisi, pray for us.
St. Pius V, pray for us.
Martyrs of Otranto, pray for us.
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.

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  1. NBW says:

    I hope the priest will be ok. I hope there will be many conversions to Catholicism…very soon!

  2. Polycarpio says:

    A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Mexico, Hugo Valdemar, has issued a clarification noting that there is no evidence that the aggressor was a Muslim and reports indicate that the suspect has given authorities three false names, and has claimed to be an American artist and has invoked his right to remain silent. Sensationalist culture bait aside, the news of this latest attack should serve to highlight an underreported fact: that Mexico remains the world’s most dangerous place to be a priest. According to reports by the Catholic Media Center (Centro Católico Mulitmedial), between 1990 and 2016, there have been 61 attacks, and the dead include one cardenal, 43 priests, 1 deacon, 4 religious, 9 lay persons and a Catholic journalist. According to the report, “the vast majority of these cases presented a modus operandi: threats, extortion, kidnapping, torture and assassination,” and the perpetrators are not Muslims but Mexicans–warlords and narco-traffickers.

    See: (El vocero de la Arquidiócesis de México, Hugo Valdemar, señaló que el sujeto que agredió al sacerdote Miguel Ángel Machorro, no ha declarado ser musulmán ni pertenecer a este movimiento islámico.)

  3. redsaint says:

    Which brings to mind a burning question. I heard of a person who was trained and knows how to handle weapons. He had his concealed permit and sometimes would carry a small pocket pistol into mass for just such am occasion.

    I, myself, could find nothing against this in church law given my infantile knowlege on the matter. I have (somewhat) come to the conclusion that I would rather leave my own gun locked in the car and die at Mass as a martyr rather than engage in a shootout should such an event occur during. On the other hand, for those with the training and skill, aren’t we obliged to protect where we can and should?

    I do carry my pocket knife because in my world, that is like wearing underwear and what gentleman would go to church without proper clothing?

  4. Maltese says:

    When I was in law enforcement I would alway carry my Glock to mass. If you have a CCP, carry your weapon.

  5. JustaSinner says:

    What’s in my messenger bag, aka, EDC bag. 9mm Beretta PX4 Storm, full frame. extra mag with an additional 17 rounds of 162gn FMJ BT, one Cellotex quick injection clotting agent, two mylar heat blankets, couple of glow in the dark rosaries. (Just missing a bottle of holy water. Note to Fr. Z., can I put in a plastic non-destructible plastic bottle, or does it have to be in a nice fancy glass/crystal vial?)
    Perfect kit, in hind-sight, for such an attack. 34 rounds to stop attacker, cellotex to stop bleeding, mylar heat blanket to help with thermal shock.

    [A lot of the stuff in your bag would know a lot of the stuff in may bag! You don’t have to have a container of any particular material for Holy Water. Of course my bag includes Oleum Infirmorum for the administration of the sacrament in case of necessity. It can be metal or plastic. Just make sure that it is really Holy Water and that it is well-sealed.]

  6. lairdangusmcangus says:


    Indeed! We are promised a wave of conversions and the final triumph of the Immaculate Heart. May it come quickly.

    It seems unlikely, however, that the denouement of the Fatima story will happen until much more blood has been shed on our side. Bear in mind Lucia’s description of the third secret:

    “After the two parts which I have already explained, at the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendour that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: ‘Penance, Penance, Penance!’. And we saw in an immense light that is God: ‘something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it’ a Bishop dressed in White ‘we had the impression that it was the Holy Father’. Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions. Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God. “

    The Holy Father himself will be martyred before the Fatima psychodrama is fulfilled, but not before the City runs with the blood of other martyrs: priests and religious as well as laypersons.

    All that we are seeing now is merely the middle act of Fatima.

  7. Michelle F says:

    An article dated May 16 (today) posted on the Mexico News Daily website says the attacker claims to be both “a United States national” and an “artist.”

    The article also cites Fox News in English and Milenio in Spanish as sources, with links to both of those articles.

    The Mexico Daily News story is here:

  8. Michelle F says:

    I neglected to mention that this version of the story says the man who stabbed the priest claims he is not a Muslim.

  9. laurel says:

    Robert Spencer, of Jihad Watch was just reportedly poisoned while in Iceland. Apparently after medical help he is okay.

  10. Semper Gumby says:

    Robert Spencer has written an article at pjmedia about the incident mentioned by laurel. The article includes a police report written in Icelandic. Spencer also posted his (English language) medical report: “Urine drug screen positive for amphetamine and MDMA.”

    Polycarpio: It is unclear how Hugo Valdemar issued a “clarification” rather than a statement- unless he was clarifying his own previous statement. (That is, Hugo Valdemar would be unlikely to be chosen by authorities to clarify an official investigative statement).

    It is unclear why Hugo Valdemar’s statement should automatically supersede Ana Fuentes of Actuall.

    The following: “there is no evidence that the aggressor was a Muslim and reports indicate that the suspect has given authorities three false names, and has claimed to be an American artist and has invoked his right to remain silent” is not conclusive.

    Also, if this attacker has in fact given three false names, then his claim to be an American artist should not be taken at face value. (The attacker may in fact be a non-Muslim American artist, but it appears from news reports that this has yet to be established. And if non-Muslim, was there nonetheless an influence- and by what/whom- that resulted in the attacker stabbing/sawing specifically at the priest’s throat?)

    It is unclear what you are expressing when you write: “Sensationalist culture bait aside,”.

    You make an excellent point about the security situation for priests.

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