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Fr Mc Grath Part 2

Warrior Priest Father McGrath and the Battle for the Soul of China By Theresa Marie Moreau First Published in The Remnant Newspaper A single ring from the doorbell echoed through the rectory on …More
Warrior Priest
Father McGrath and the Battle for the Soul of China
By Theresa Marie Moreau
First Published in The Remnant Newspaper

A single ring from the doorbell echoed through the rectory on Rue Maresca, home to the Missionary Society of St. Columban priests quartered in Shanghai.
It was around 11 p.m., on the night of September 6, 1951.
With a big smile on his face, the Rev. Fr. Malachi Murphy answered the door, expecting friends from Soochow to be on the other side.
Instead, he found eleven police officers, all wearing white caps and drab green uniforms, standing dour-faced on the front steps. One pointed a sub-machine gun. His ten comrades brandished pistols.Stationed around the perimeter of the three-story rectory, dozens and dozens of soldiers from the People’s Liberation Army stood watch. Their job: to make certain no one escaped the rectory. Murphy alerted his superior, the Rev. Fr. Edward McElroy, who promptly greeted his unwelcome guests. “We want the names of everyone …More