Anti-Catholicism and Persecution

This is an index of links to ebooks, journals, and other texts on the persecution of one true Church and her faithful. It is divided into the following sections: I. Ongoing Persecution; II. Historical Persecution; III. Anti-Catholicism in General. The list remains incomplete, and will be progressively expanded as time allows.

I. Ongoing Persecution

  • Genocide against Christians in the Middle East: A Report Submitted to Secretary of State John Kerry by the Knights of Columbus and In Defense of Christians (March 9, 2016). 278 pages. Available in PDF format (on this page) at Stop the Christian Genocide.org.
  • Muslim Persecution of Christians, by Robert Spencer (Sherman Oaks, CA: David Horowitz Freedom Center, 2008). 16 pages. Available in PDF format at the Assyrian International News Agency.
  • Persecuted and Forgotten? A Report on Christians Oppressed for Their Faith, 2011 Edition, edited by John Pontifex and John Newton, with a Foreword by Archbishop Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem (Sutton, Surrey, U.K.: Aid to the Church in Need, 2011). Available in PDF format on this page of Aid to the Church in Need.
  • Persecuted and Forgotten? A Report on Christians Oppressed for Their Faith 2011-2013, compiled and edited by John Pontifex and John Newton, with additional research by Raquel Martín and William Lo. Foreword by Patriarch Gregorios III of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church (Sutton, Suurey: Aid to the Church in Need, 2013). 190 pages. Available in PDF format on this page of Aid to the Church in Need. With a summary on this page.
  • Persecuted and Forgotten? A Report on Christians Oppressed for their Faith 2013–15, compiled by John Pontifex, John Newton, and Clare Creegan, with additional research by Michael J. Robinson and assistance from Tony Smith, Tony Cotton, etc. (Surrey: Aid to the Church in Need, 2015). With a Foreword by Melkite Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart of Aleppo, Syria. Available in PDF format on this page of Aid to the Church in Need Australia. The Executive Summary is available at Issuu (linked  by this page of Aid to the Church in Need), and the report’s Principal Findings are available on this page of Aid to the Church in Need United Kindom, with highlights on this page. A summary may be found at Vatican Radio.
  • Persecuted and Forgotten? A Report on Christians Oppressed for their Faith 2017-19, by John Pontifex and John Newton. Additional research and material by Citra Abbott and Murcadha O Flaherty (Penrith, NSW ,Australia: Aid to the Church in Need, 2019). May be read online at Calameo and on the report’s interactive website. Available in PDF format on this page of ACN Australia. The Executive Summary of the report may be read online at Calameo.
  • “Persecutions of Christians in Africa: Contexts, Contents & Opportunities”, by Matthew Hassan Kukah, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Nigeria. Draft Text of paper presented at the University of Notre Dame, Nov. 4-6 2012. Available in PDF format on this page of the Institute for Church Life, Notre Dame University.
  • “The Persecution of the Underground Roman Catholic Church in China”: Testimony of Joseph M. C. Kung for the Cardinal Kung Foundation before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on International Relations, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations (April 19, 2006). Available in PDF format on this page of the Cardinal Kung Foundation.
  • The Plight of Christians in the Middle East: Supporting Religious Freedom, Pluralism, and Tolerance During a Time of Turmoil, by Brian Katulis, Rudy deLeon, and John Craig, March 2015 (Washington, DC: Center for American Progress, 2015). Available in pdf format at the Center for American Progress.
  • “Religious Freedom, Persecution of the Church, and Martyrdom”, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. Address delivered at the University of Notre Dame, 4 November 2012. Available in PDF format on this page of the Institute for Church Life, Notre DameUniversity.
  • Religious Freedom in the World Report – 2016, by John Pontifex, editor-in-chief, with a Foreword by Father Jacques Mourad (Surrey: Aid to the Church in Need, 2016) published on 24 November 2016). Available through this pageof Religious Freedom in the World Report – 2016, with the Executive Summary on this page. Published by Aid to the Church in Need – United Kingdom.
  • Religious Persecution in the Middle East; Faces of the Persecuted: Hearings before the Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs of the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Fifth Congress, First Session, May 1 and June 10, 1997 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1998). Available in pdf format at U.S. Government Information.

II. Historical Persecution: Attacks on the Church and the Faithful

Under Communism

  • Albanian Catholic Bulletin (Buletini Katholik Shqiptar), Vol. 6 (Santa Clara, California: Albanian Catholic Information Center, 1985). In 108 pages. Available at the Gleeson Library Digital Collections. [N.B., This issue commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Communist persecution of Catholic Albanians.]
  • Albanian Catholic Bulletin (Buletini Katholik Shqiptar), Vol. 13 (San Francisco, California: Albanian Catholic Institute, 1992). [N.B., This issue celebrates the end of Communist tyranny in Albania and the restoration of the Church’s freedom.]
  • Albanian Catholic Bulletin (Buletini Katolik Shqiptar), Volume 15 (The Daniel Dajani, S.J. Albanian Catholic Institute, 1994). Includes “Calvary in Kosova: Albanian Catholics in the Former Yugoslavia” by Lush Gjerji, among other articles. May be read online at the University of San Francisco-Gleeson Library Digital Collections.
  • Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania, No. 1 (March 19, 1972). May be read online on this page of the Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania.
  • Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania, No. 5 (1973). May be read online on this page of the Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania.
  • Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania, No. 10: Struggle for Survival (Maspeth, Long Island, New York: The Lithuanian Roman Catholic Priests’ League). With a letter to the Lithuanian people from Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty dated “75 02 22” or 22 February 1975, which only appears on the pdf copy. May be read online on this page and available in pdf format on this page at Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania. [N.B., The title of the Chronicle in Lithuanian appears to be Lietuvos Katalikų Bažnyčios Kronika. In English it contains the subtitle: Translation of Authentic First-Hand Reports from Soviet-Occupied Lithuania.]
  • Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania, No. 14 (1977). A Translation of the Complete Lithuanian Original, Lietuvos Katalikų Bažnyčios Kronika Nr. 14: Documenting Today’s Struggle for Human Rights In Soviet-Occupied Lithuania. Translated by Rev. Casimir Pugevičius (Brooklyn, NY: Lithuanian Roman Catholic Priests’ League of America; Putnam, Connecticut: Sisters of Immaculate Conception, 1977). May be read online on this page of the Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania.
  • Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania, No. 25 (1978). A Translation of the Complete Lithuanian Original, Lietuvos Katalikų Bažnyčios Kronika Nr. 14: Documenting Today’s Struggle for Human Rights In Soviet-Occupied Lithuania, with Rev. Casimir Pugevičius as translation editor (Brooklyn, NY: Lithuanian Roman Catholic Priests’ League of America; Franciscan Fathers Press, 1978). Available in PDF format and may be read online on this page of the Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania.
  • Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania, No. 33 (1978). A Translation of the Complete Lithuanian Original, Lietuvos Katalikų Bažnyčios Kronika Nr. 14: Documenting Today’s Struggle for Human Rights In Soviet-Occupied Lithuania. Translated by Vita Matusaitis, with Rev. Casimir Pugevičius as translation editor (Brooklyn, NY: Lithuanian Roman Catholic Priests’ League of America; Franciscan Fathers Press, 1978). Available in PDF format and may be read online on this page of the Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania.
  • Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania, No. 46 (December 25, 1980). May be read online on this page of the Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania.
  • Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania, No. 59 (August 15, 1983). A Translation of the Complete Lithuanian Original, Lietuvos Katalikų Bažnyčios Kronika Nr. 14: Documenting Today’s Struggle for Human Rights In Soviet-Occupied Lithuania. Translated by Rev. Casimir Pugevičius, with Marian Skabeikis as translation editor (Brooklyn, NY: Lithuanian Roman Catholic Priests’ League of America; Franciscan Fathers Press, 1983). Available in PDF format on this page of the Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania.
  • Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania, No. 66 (April 7, 1985). A Translation of the Complete Lithuanian Original, Lietuvos Katalikų Bažnyčios Kronika Nr. 14: Documenting Today’s Struggle for Human Rights In Soviet-Occupied Lithuania. Translated by Rev. Casimir Pugevičius, with Marian Skabeikis as translation editor (Brooklyn, NY: Lithuanian Catholic Religious Aid. Inc.; Franciscan Fathers Press, 1986). Available in PDF format on this page of the Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania.
  • “The Church in ‘Red Mexico’: Michoacan Catholics and the Mexican Revolution, 1920-1929”, by Matthew Butler, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Vol. 55, No. 3 (July 2004), pages 520-541. Available in PDF format at the University of Toronto-Mississauga. [N.B., The article describes the method of Catholic resistance against persecution. However, it appears to adopt a Liberal and laicist perspective in interpreting the data.]
  • “Communist Interrogation and Indoctrination of ‘Enemies of the State’: Analysis of Methods Used by the Communist State Police (A Special Report)”, by Lawrence E. Hinkle Jr., M.D. and Harold G. Wolff, M.D. Reprinted from the AMA [American Medical Association ] Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry, vol. 76, no. 2 (1956), pp.: 115-174. Available in pdf format (on this page) at the Central Intelligence Agency Library (“Approved For Release 2000/09/06”) [N.B., This is evidently not a Catholic Christian source, but it contains information on methods used against Catholics like Cardinal Mindszenty, and notes that Catholics were particularly targeted by Communist regimes.]
  • Crimes against Humanity under Communist Regimes: Research Review, by Klas-Göran Karlsson and Michael Schoenhals (Stockholm: Forum for Living History, 2008). Available in pdf format at the Forum for Living History (Forum för levande historia).
  • “The Crimes of the Communist Regime in Hungary: National Report”, compiled by János M. Rainer. Available in pdf format (through this page) at the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes. Part of the larger work Crimes of the Communist Regimes: Proceedings of an International Conference Held in Prague, 24-26 February 2010, indexed below.
  • Crimes of the Communist Regimes: Proceedings of an International Conference Held in Prague, 24-26 February 2010, by Jiří Liška et al., edited by David Svoboda and Cóílín O’Connor, translated by Cóílín O’Connor, Ian Willoughby, Neela Winkelmann-Heyrovská, and Markéta Hofmannová (Prague: Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, 2011). The ebook is available in pdf format (here) through this page of the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes; and the individual chapters are available in pdf format at the Central and Eastern European Online Library (requires registration). The audio recordings of the proceedings (in the original languages) are available in mp3 through this page of the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, which also contains the text of the Declaration on Crimes of Communism issued by the participants at the Conference.
  • Encyclical Letter “Iniquis Afflictisque” on the Persecution of the Church in Mexico, by Pope Pius XI (18 November 1926). Available at the Holy See.
  • KGB Struggle against Kronika in Lithuania and in the West.  May be read online on this page of the Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania. [25 pages when printed to PDF]
  • Nonviolent Resistance in Lithuania: A Story of Peaceful Liberation, by Grazina Miniotaite. Available in PDF format at the Albert Einstein Institution.
  • “A Question of Judgement: Dr. Alojzije Stepinac and the Jews”, by Esther Gitman, Review of Croatian History, Vol.II, No.1 (January 2007): pp. 47-72. Available in PDF format (on this page) through Hrcak: Portal of Scientific Journals of Crotia.
  • “Reflections on Communism Twenty Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall”, by Paul Hollander (Development Policy Analysis No. 11, November 2, 2009) (Washingto, D.C.: Cato Institute, 2009). Available in pdf format (on this page) at the Cato Institute.

 Under Non-Christian Religions

  • Witnesses of the Faith in the Orient: Dominican Martyrs of Japan, China, and Vietnam, 2nd edition, by a team of Dominican Fathers under the direction of Ceferino Puebla Pedrosa, O.P., translated by Sister Maria Maez, O.P., revised and updated by George G. Christian, O.P. (Hong Kong: Provincial Secretariat of Missions, Dominican Province of Our Lady of the Rosary, 1989, 2006). Available in PDF format on this page of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph, USA.
  • The New Glories of the Catholic Church, Translated from the Italian by the Fathers of the London Oratory, at the Request of, and with a Preface by, the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster [Nicholas Patrick Cardinal Wiseman] (London, Dublin, Derby: Richardson and Son, 1859). Available at Internet Archive and Open Library. [N.B., Recounts the martyrs who suffered from the persecutions in East Asia, especially Korea.]
  • Japan‘s Martyr Church, by Sister Mary Bernard (Exeter: Catholic Records Press, [1920]). With Imprimi Potest. Available in multiple formats at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  • Ss. Augustine Zhao Rong & Companions: Martyrs of China (Booklet), compiled and edited by George G. Christian, O.P. (August 2005). Available in PDF format at the Dominican Province of St. Joseph.

Under Protestantism

  • Cromwell in Ireland: A History of Cromwell’s Irish Campaign, by Denis Murphy (Dublin: Gill, 1902). Available at Open Library and Internet Archive (Digitizing sponsor: Boston College Libraries, Book contributor: Boston College Libraries).
  • Dark pages of English history: being a short account of the penal laws against Catholics from Henry the eighth to George the fourth, by Willington, J. R. (John Ralph) (London: Art and Book Co., 1902). Available at Internet Archive (Digitizing sponsor: MSN, Book contributor: University of California Libraries).
  • Historical sketch of the persecutions suffered by the Catholics of Ireland under the rule of Cromwell and the Puritans, by Patrick Francis Moran (Dublin; London: M.H. Gill, 1884). Available at Open Library and Internet Archive (Digitizing sponsor: MSN, Book contributor: Kelly Library, University of Toronto).
  • A History of the Protestant “reformation” in England and Ireland, showing how that event has impoverished and degraded the main body of the people in those countries. In a series of letters addressed to all sensible and just Englishmen, by William Cobbett (London: C. Clement, 1824) Available at ManyBooks.net in multiple formats. Also available at Open Library and Internet Archive. History, Protestantism, Monasticism. [N.B.: Cobbett was not a Catholic, but amidst the fight for Catholic Emancipation against the oppression of Protestant England, he published this work to break English historical prejudice.]
  • Les Martyrs de Gorcum, par Hubert Meuffels, C.M. (Paris: Libraire Victor Lecoffre, J. Gabalda & Cie., 1908). Avec l’Imprimatur. Disponible dans l’Internet Archive.
  • Les Martyrs de Gorcum, par M. l’abbé Patrice Chauvierre, du clergé de Paris (Paris: P. Lethielleux, 1867). Disponible dans l’Internet Archive et l’Open Library.
  • Lives of the English Martyrs Declared Blessed by Pope Leo XIII, in 1886 and 1895, Volume I, Martyrs under Henry VIII, by fathers of the Oratory, of the secular clergy and of the Society of Jesus, completed and edited by Dom Bede Camm, O.S.B. (London: Burns and Oates; New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1904). With Imprimatur. Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library, with a microform copy at Internet Archive. The reissue (London, New York, Bombay, Calcutta: Longmans, Green and Co., 1914) with Imprimatur is available at Internet Archive and Open Library, with a 2nd copy at Internet Archive.
  • Lives of the English Martyrs Declared Blessed by Pope Leo XIII, in 1886 and 1895, Volume II, Martyrs under Queen Elizabeth, by fathers of the Oratory, of the secular clergy and of the Society of Jesus, completed and edited by Dom Bede Camm, O.S.B. (London: Burns and Oates; New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1905). With Imprimatur. Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library. The reissue (London, New York, Bombay, Calcutta: Longmans, Green and Co., 1914) with Imprimatur is available at Internet Archive and Open Library, with a 2nd copy at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  • To the English Martyrs, by Francis Thompson (London, Burns and Oates). Or, Ode to the English Martyrs. A Poem. Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library.

Under Secularism and Liberal Nationalism

  • “Los Artículos Anticlericales en la Constitución Federal de 1917 y Sus Consecuencias Históricas en México”, por Katherine Ryan-McIlhon, Ave Maria International Law Journal, Volumen 1:2 (2012), paginas 521-546. Disponible en formato PDF en la Escuela de Derecho Ave Maria.
  • Christ and Antichrist: a sermon at the mass of Requiem for those who fell in defence of Rome, by Henry Edward Manning (London: Longmans, Green, 1867). Available at Open Library and Internet Archive.
  • Les Martyrs de Castelfidardo, par le Comte Anatole de Segur (Paris : Ambroise-Bray, 1861). Disponible en Hathi Trust Digital Library.
  • The Martyrs of Castelfidardo [by the Count Anatole de Ségur], translated from the French by a member of the Presentation convent (Dublin: M.H. Gill and Son, 1883). Available at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  • Narrazione delle battaglia di Castelfidardo e dell’assedio d’Ancona, scritta da un Romano (1862). Disponibile presso Internet Archive.
  • Rome and the Revolution: a Sermon, by Henry Edward Manning (London: Longmans, Green, 1867). Available at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  • The Sufferings of the Church in Brittany during the Great Revolution, by Edward Healy Thompson (London: Burns and Oates, 1878). May be read online and available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library.

III. Anti-Catholicism in General

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