Celebrities and Martyrs
Catholicism gives us the irreplaceable example of the martyr, not as a plaster figure but as the living image of Christ. And that helps us to make judgments with some basis in fact.
Martyrs represent more than just names or dates on a calendar. As Saint John Paul II explained – take note – in his encyclical On Faith & Reason, not in a merely devotional context:
The martyrs know that they have found the truth about life in the encounter with Jesus Christ, and nothing and no-one could ever take this certainty from them. Neither suffering nor violent death could ever