Friday, September 08, 2006

Bolshevik Persecution of the Catholic Church

Bolshevik Persecution of the Catholic Church. Well, Russia was never a hot bed of Catholic activity. The Russian Orthodox church has long been the dominant Christian sect in Russia. However, when the communists came to power, the Catholics were persecuted just as strongly as most other religious organizations.

This article is by Donia Byrnes. It appeared in the 1987-1988 issue of the Loyola Student Historical Journal. This journal existed from 1982 until 2003 and published student history papers.

I think Byrnes sums up her article with a nice summary. She wrote, "Therefore, between 1917 and 1924 the Soviet government had ruthlessly reduced the Catholic population in Russia, had destroyed its hierarchy, had instilled fear into the laity, had taught its children atheism, and had completed one of the most savage attacks on religion in the modern world."

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