Martyrdom Was Ours First

Why such nervousness to think of a martyred priest as a martyr?

The New York Times waited two days. On the morning of July 26, 84-year-old Fr. Jacques Hamel was murdered while celebrating Mass when armed Islamists attacked his Catholic parish in Saint Etienne du Rouvray, France. Two days later, the New York Times published an essay by a journalist who hopes that Pope Francis can persuade people who now regard Père Hamel as a martyr not to talk too much about that, or the sainthood his martyrdom implies.

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