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The military chaplain who pretended to be a criminal to rescue a boy from organ trafficking

Discussion in 'One Bread, One Body - Catholic' started by Michie, Jul 31, 2021.

  1. Michie

    Michie Human rights begin in the womb. Supporter

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    This priest came up with a daring plan to rescue a vulnerable child from a horrifying death.

    A priest who pretended to be a criminal to rescue a boy from organ trafficking was recently highlighted in an article in the Spanish newspaper El País, a periodical generally not given to praising the Church and the clergy.

    The story of Fr. Ignacio María Doñoro de los Ríos, however, is hard to ignore. The 57-year-old former military chaplain was nominated for the Princess of Asturias Award for Concord for working for 25 years on behalf of young people who are victims of extreme poverty and the abomination of human trafficking.


    “Defective merchandise”

    In the 1990s, Fr. Ignacio was part of a special mission of the Spanish National Police in El Salvador. There he witnessed, to his great shock, an unexpected commercial transaction surrounding a “piece of defective merchandise.”

    A family in abject poverty with five children was offering to sell their 14-year-old son, Manuel, who was suffering from paralysis, for just $25. With the money from the transaction, the family intended to buy food to feed their remaining four daughters. At the same time, the prospective buyers, by selling Manuel’s organs, intended to make a profit thousands of times greater than the investment made.


    Although “defective” as a complete product, he would still yield sufficiently acceptable parts for sale. The boy would be “slaughtered”, dismembered, and packed into separate containers, like an ox or a pig in a slaughterhouse, to supply the demands of the international traffic in human organs.

    Organ trafficking

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    The military chaplain who pretended to be a criminal to rescue a boy from organ trafficking
     
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  2. BrAndreyu

    BrAndreyu Well-Known Member

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    Human trafficking is all too real in this day and age but what do you expect from a society that says that it's OK and even a good thing to dismember a child in it's mother's womb and that those who have murdered their child in this way should "celebrate" it and "shout their abortions"?

    When you get to a point in society where that is acceptable, then that society also gets to the point where human trafficking is acceptable, because the society dispenses with the idea that all human life has dignity and value. It's a major global sin and I'm glad that this priest did something about it.
     
  3. Michie

    Michie Human rights begin in the womb. Supporter

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    For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’
    Luke 23:29
     
  4. BrAndreyu

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    I've heard this verse before and I refer back to it if I start feeling bad about not being married and having children: I would not want to raise children in today's America. It is no longer a society that is conducive to raising normal, well-adjusted Christian children. So when I see the problems that other people go through with their kids, I feel blessed that I do not have any and have been spared the trouble of having to guide kids through a world that even I cannot make sense out of.

    And that's one thing that I always liked about the Catholic church: it's one of the only denominations of Christianity that teaches that it's fine to not be married and have children, because such is not everyone's vocation. In the evangelical churches and mainline protestant churches I've been to, they've always looked at me with suspicion and held me at arm's length because I am not married and have no children, which the Catholic church never seemed to have a problem with.
     
  5. Michie

    Michie Human rights begin in the womb. Supporter

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    The Crucifixion of Jesus

    26 As the soldiers led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus. 27 A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him. 28 Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30 Then

    “‘they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!”
    and to the hills, “Cover us!”’

    31 For if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”
     
  6. Old Lady

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    Thank you for sharing. I can't read all of it because it would upset me too much. Every life is too precious.
     
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