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The Miracle of Japan's "Hidden Christians" Versus "proselytism is solemn nonsense"

by Christopher A. Ferrara
October 19, 2017

Martin Scorsese’s film “Silence,” which I have viewed, is based on the novel by Shusaku Endo, a semi-fictional account of two 17th-century Jesuit missionaries to Japan who apostatize under torture and became retainers of the shogunate (military dictatorship) that ruled Japan for centuries. The film is an evil piece of work that sympathetically portrays the apostasy of the fictional characters Father Ferreira and Father Rodrigues during waves of genocidal persecution of Japanese Catholics in that century, at the end of which all the faithful priests had been martyred or expelled from Japan and the remaining Catholics had been driven underground.

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Christopher A. Ferrara is an attorney specializing in First Amendment and other civil rights litigation on behalf of Catholics. His articles and commentary on Catholic Church affairs have appeared in The Latin Mass magazine, The Remnant, Christian Order, Catholic Family News, The Fatima Crusader magazine and elsewhere. He is co-author (with Thomas Woods) of The Great Facade, a widely acclaimed analysis of changes in the Church since Vatican II. He and his wife Wendy, a convert from Protestantism, have six children.

James W. Bannister was born in Toronto, Canada and earned degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Toronto. He practiced law in Canada for 12 years, then moved into business management consulting, training and teaching. Jim has taught and practiced the art of communication for nearly a quarter of a century, working in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. He was a convert to Catholicism before Vatican II and is dedicated to restoring the Church to what it was when he was baptized. He has been working with Our Lady's Apostolate since 1990.