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Rest In Peace - Remember - The Reverend Monsignor Matthias Buchholz, M.S.C., Prefect Apostolic, Shihsein, China

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Msgr. Buchholz at St. Mary's Cistercian Monastery 1989

Br. John & Fr. Xavier assist Msgr. Buchholz at Mass

Br. John & Fr. Xavier assist Msgr. Buchholz at Mass in Monastery Chapel

Fr. Xavier (Novice Master) & Msgr. Buchholz & Fr. Luke (Prior) Concelebrate Mass

Fr. Xavier (Novice Master) & Msgr. Buchholz & Fr. Luke (Prior) Concelebrate Mass in Monastery Chapel

Msgr. Buchholz in Monastery Library

Msgr. Buchholz in Monastery Library

Msgr. Buchholz with his sister and brother after his Golden Jubilee Mass in 1977 Germany

Msgr. Buchholz with his sister and brother after his Golden Jubilee Mass in 1977 Germany

Msgr. Buchholz meeting with Saint Padre Pio in 1956

Msgr. Buchholz meeting with Saint Padre Pio in 1956

Audience with Pope Paul VI during the Second Vatican Council

 

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Blessed Are They Who Suffer Persecution For Justice' Sake

"Some 16 years ago I came to you as a beggar, trying to get help for our destitute mission in China, and I was not disappointed, thanks to your generosity.  Today I stand before you --- a criminal!"
    With these introductory words Monsignor Matthias Buchholz, M.S.C., Prefect Apostolic of Shihtsien, Kweichow, China, recently began an address to a parish meeting in the States, where he has found hospitality after his expulsion from Red China in 1952.
    A criminal?  Yes --- by Red standards!  In a grueling trial of several days before the People's Court, Monsignor Buchholz had been accursed of trying to poison and kill people, of spying for and working in the interests of "imperialist" America --- terrible crimes, if true as charged.  However, the real facts are that he had given money and medicine to poor wretches.  Now his charity was being repaid by charges of motives he had never dreamed of.  Explanations were of no avail.
    "You lie!  You are not truthful!" shouted the judge, the accuser, the aroused rabble.  "Confess your crimes, or else . . . !"
    The prelate did plead guilty that he had preached more than once that Our Lady of Fatima, true to her promise, would free Russian and China from the curse of Communism if people prayed and did penance.
    There followed long weeks of house arrest, under guard day and night, confiscation of mission property, then transfer to Kweiyang, the capital of the Kweichow Province.  Here Monsignor Buchholz was placed in solitary confinement, after which he was subjected to more trials before a higher tribunal.  The verdict was always the same:  "Your are a criminal!"
    The sentence of the judge was:  Expulsion from China.
    Thus under the guise of a fair and impartial trial, Monsignor Buchholz was banished from the country he had served so well for 25 years.  His entire mission staff met with a similar fate.  Only eight native priests were allowed to remain to minister to the spiritual wants of thousands of Christians who any day might be terrorized into apostasy.  Churches, rectories, schools, convents --- all were confiscated by the Godless Reds and made to serve profane purposes.
    Monsignor Buchholz has one burning, holy ambition:  To return to China and to begin anew the work brought to ruin by the Chinese Communists.

                        --- originally published in Our Lady Of The Sacred Heart March 1954
                           

 

 


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