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Monday, October 25, 2010

Fr. Barron on St. Thomas More and the Bishop of Rome

In the same place (Westminster Hall), where Sir Thomas More was condemned to death, accused of treason, for failing to take King Henry VIII's side against the Roman Catholic Church, the Bishop of Rome, Pope Benedict XVI, addressed both Houses of the British Parliament last September.

Fr. Robert Barron's latest commentary sheds light on the irony of this historic event, which symbolically brought into full circle an almost 500 year enmity from when the English monarch severed ties with the papacy and established his own church, the Church of England (aka the Anglican Church), so he could get divorced from his first wife, Catherine of Aragon.

St. Thomas stood by his convictions, despite knowing the penalty for his action, stating:

"I die the king's faithful servant, but God's first."

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