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Congratulations to Tom Roeser on Receiving the Mindszenty Award

Chicago Daily Observer 20 April 2010 2 Comments

The Chicago Daily Observer is proud to report that the Chairman of our Editorial Board, Tom Roeser has received the Jozsef Mindszenty Award from the The Mindszenty Foundation of St. Louis.  The aware is named for Hungarian Primate Jozsef Cardinal Mindszenty, the steadfast supporter of freedom and opponent of both Nazism and Communism.

Tom Roeser reflects here on the award

For those too young to remember , Jozsef Mindszenty [1892-1975] was the cardinal primate of Hungary. He became known as a steadfast supporter of Church freedom as well as an opponent of Nazism and Communism and brutal Stalinist persecution in his country. On Dec. 26, 1948 he was arrested and accused of treason, conspiracy and offenses against the current Communist laws of Hungary. He was sadistically tortured while in prison and was sentenced to life imprisonment against the Hungarian government. Pope Paul imposed excommunication on those who tortured Mindszenty. When the Soviets invaded Hungary to put down rebellion, Mindszenty was granted asylum at the U.S. embassy in Budapest. He lived there for 15 years, unable to leave the grounds.

In many respects…the modern Hamlet of the papacy Paul VI was a weak reed in the controversy between Church and Communism. He declared Mindszenty a “victim of history”—not a victim of Communism—and to sweeten Vatican’s relations with the Hungarian communists, Paul annulled the excommunication imposed on Mindszenty’s opponents.

The Vatican continued to persecute Mindszenty in order to court favor with the Communists even trying to get him to resign the primacy of the Hungarian Church but failed. It sought his resignation but he would never offer it. In December, 1973 Mindszenty was stripped of all his titles by the ultra-compliant Paul who declared Mindszenty’s seat officially vacated but a waffler to the last, he refused to name a successor while Mindszenty was alive. Finally the solicitous Pope named Bishop Laszlo Lekai as primate of Hungary. Lakai was very condescending to the Communists and the tension as ended.

It was not the most shining hour for the Church or Paul.

Last Saturday night at the Drury Lane in Oak Brook, I was edified to receive the Jozsef Mindszenty Award. The Mindszenty Foundation of St. Louis awards this handsome statuette of the Cardinal each year to one whom in its estimation has done a good deal during the past year to defend the Church and its authenticist values. I am deeply honored.


  • Pat Hickey said:

    Sto Lot, Don Tomas! No man better trods the terra than Tom Roeser!

  • Jim Ridings said:

    Tom Roeser is one of the few Defenders Of the Faith left in America today, one of the few with the courage to stand up for what is right against those who would sell out for political favor. Congratulations, Tom!

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