Tuesday, June 22, 2010

St. Thomas More & St. John Fisher defenders of the Faith

Today is the feast day of two great men, Saints John Fisher & Thomas More. St. Thomas More was born in 1477 and educated at Oxford. He was married and had one son and three daughters. He was one of the greatest men of his age, lawyer, scholar, statesman and philosopher. St Thomas More refused to endorse King Henry VIII's plan to divorce .Catherine of Aragon and marry Ann Boleyn. While chancellor in the king's courtt, he wrote works on the govenance of the realm and in defense of the faith. He refused to acknowledge King Henry VII as the supreme head of the Church of England and was subsequently beheaded in 1535 along with John Fisher the only Bishop to refuse to take the oath of the Act of Succession. While in prison Bishop Fisher was named a Cardinal by Pope Paul III.

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