Saints of Lent: Cardinal John Fisher

  Where are now the kings and princes that once reigned over all the world, whose glory and triumph were lifted up above the earth? Where are now the innumerable company and power of Xerxes and Caesar? Where are the

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Robert Bolt

Some men think the Earth is round, others think it flat; it is a matter capable of question. But if it is flat, will the King’s command make it round? And if it is round, will the King’s command flatten

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Patron Saint of Politicians

You’re a constant regret to me, Thomas. If you could just see facts flat-on, without that horrible moral squint… With a little common sense you could have made a statesman. Cardinal Wosely to Sir Thomas More, A Man for all

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America the Beautiful

  A stirring rendition of America the Beautiful by the Hillsdale College choir.  Added bonus, a lecture by Professor Gerard Wegemer given by Hillsdale College on Thomas More on Liberty, Law and Statesmanship.   Thought for the day.  As my family

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800 Years of Magna Carta

At Runnymede, at Runnymede, What say the reeds at Runnymede? The lissom reeds that give and take, That bend so far, but never break, They keep the sleepy Thames awake With tales of John at Runnymede. At Runnymede, at Runnymede,

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Time For Catholics to Stand Up

  Bravo to Professor Stephen Bainbridge: I agree with Kingsfield that secular elites at high end universities and colleges are an annoyingly self-satisfied: To elites in his circles, Kingsfield continued, “at best religion is something consenting adult should do behind closed

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Wolf Hall and Anti-Catholicism

  George Weigel takes on the BBC’s paean to anti-Catholicism and bad history:   Wolf Hall, the BBC adaptation of Hillary Mantel’s novel about early Tudor England, began airing on PBS’s “Masterpiece Theater” Easter Sunday night. It’s brilliant television. It’s

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July 6, 1535: Martyrdom of Saint Thomas More

Imagine facing death and being able to escape it by signing your name to a bit of parchment.  By your signature you would also be released from jail, the fortune of your family restored and you restored to your family. 

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Saint Thomas More on the Zimmerman Case

Sir Thomas More: You threaten like a dockside bully. Cromwell: How should I threaten? Sir Thomas More: Like a minister of state. With justice. Cromwell: Oh, justice is what you’re threatened with. Sir Thomas More: Then I am not threatened.

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Fortnight For Freedom 2013: Saint Thomas More

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have proclaimed a second Fortnight for Freedom from June 21-July 4th, and, as last year, The American Catholic will participate with special blog posts each day. It almost seems trite to cite Saint

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Saint Thomas More

I Die the King’s Good Servant, but God’s First. Saint Thomas More   Perhaps the finest lawyer, certainly the holiest, that England ever produced.  After his trial, knowing he was a dead man, Saint Thomas More made an eloquent speech

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Runnymede

The sixteenth in my ongoing series examining the poetry of Rudyard Kipling. The other posts in the series may be read here, here , here , here,  here , here, here, here, here , here, here, here , here, here

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The Intriguing Saint Thomas More

The figure of Saint Thomas More intrigues Catholics and non-Catholics alike, and has ever since his death.  Why is that? 1.  A Man for All Seasons-Saint Thomas More was all of these things:  a saint, a politician, historian, a lawyer, a judge,

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William Roper v. Richard Rich

 In good faith, Mr. Rich, I am more sorry for your perjury than mine own peril; and know you that neither I nor any one else to my knowledge ever took you to be a man of such credit as

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Patron Saint of Politicians?

In this political season I was curious as to which saint was the patron saint of politicians.  Much to my shock I learned that on October 26, 2000, Pope John Paul II proclaimed Saint Thomas More as patron saint of politicians

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Benedict at Westminster

The text of Benedict’s keynote speech on his trip to the UK is here; video of the speech can be found here. Obviously, you read or watch the speech in its entirety, but I will present a few highlights for

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Res et Explicatio for AD 9-13-2010

[Update:  RealCatholicTV is back online!] Salvete TAC readers! Here are my observations and opinions on the Catholic Church in the Internet: 1. A RealCatholicTV (RCTV) representative is reporting that they have been experiencing technical difficulties and should be up and

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Patron Saint of Attorneys

Hattip to my friend Jay Anderson at Pro Ecclesia who has a superb tribute to Saint Thomas More here. Yesterday, June 22, was the feast day of Saint Thomas More.  Never has saintly sanctity and legal acumen been combined so well in

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The Tide is Turning Toward Catholicism Because The Pope of Christian Unity (Pope Benedict XVI) Is Gathering the Scattered Flocks Left Behind by Those Who Thought They Knew Better Than The Church

The Catholic Church has always had a bull’s-eye attached to it, and in truth many of us wouldn’t want it any other way, for when we are almost universally loved, as has happened a few times in the last 40 years we have become “of the world,” instead of suffering for the world.” Lately, during the pontificates of Pope John Paul II and now Pope Benedict XVI dark forces have gathered at the gates of truth attacking the Church for a variety of long held beliefs. These beliefs can range from the theological to the social. However, following the US Election of 2008 a tidal wave seems to have inundated the Church from the mainstream media, the political realm and even the entertainment world. The Church’s 2,000 year old teachings and beliefs have been attacked in the United States and Western Europe from elected officials, the mainstream media and well known entertainment celebrities. Some of the faithful have become discouraged and questioned me as to how the thesis of my book, “The Tide is Turning Toward Catholicism,” could possibly be true in light of this news. Perhaps we shall remember the words of Jesus at the Sermon on the Mount; “Blessed are you when they hate you because of me, for ………….

The truth of the matter is that against this troubling backdrop the Church continues to grow around the world, especially in African and Asia but even in North America, where much of the onslaught against the Church has emanated. Seminaries and Mother Houses often have no room for those pursuing a vocation and those young African and Asian men and women are often sent to the US or Europe to explore their vocation. Even in the US and pockets of Europe seminaries are experiencing a mini boom. One seminary rector told me that in the 40+ plus years of being affiliated with the Church, he has never seen a longer sustained period of top notch orthodox minded young men coming in and being ordained as he has seen in the last 10 years. Perhaps this is why the powers that be are so angry.

It seemed the US midterm Election of 2006 emboldened the cause of those militant liberals and secularists who have contempt for much of what orthodox minded Catholicism holds dear. Following the results of the Election of 2008, many pundits proclaimed the results as a sea change for America. Agnostics and atheists gleefully announced that a world where religion and especially conservative or orthodox minded Catholicism held sway was being replaced by a humanist brand of religion where age old teachings were replaced by the ideas of “enlightened” religious leaders, agnostic thinkers, and pop culture celebrities. It seemed this new brand of liberal thinker was less idealistic than their 1960s peers and displayed an anger and hostility that was a far cry from the utopian idealism displayed some 40 years ago. Yet, beneath the surface and below the radar screens of many news organizations, lies the hope of the Catholic faithful who hold on to the ideas imparted by Christ, His Apostles, Popes, Bishops, Priests, Women Religious, Saints and holy laymen and laywomen throughout the centuries. Continue Reading

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Queen Elizabeth II Appalled At Church Of England

Richard Eden of the Daily Telegraph has reported that Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom, who is also the head of the Church of England, is “appalled” at what has happened to the Anglican Communion. The usually well-informed newspaper adds

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Age of Martyrs

  Hattip to Southern Appeal.  The executions of Saint John Cardinal Fisher and Saint Thomas More as portrayed in The Tudors.   It was largely because of the courage that these men showed, and the courage  hundreds of other men and

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The Saint and the Cardinal

My favorite sequence from one of my favorite movies.  Paul Scofield and Orson Welles were two of the most talented actors of their time, and it is a pure joy to see them duel.

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