Sunday, January 21, 2007

St Thomas Moore attacked

Background briefing: Rod Liddle, writing in the Spectator, has claimed that St Thomas Moore, as Chancellor of England under Henry VIII, was responsible for the deaths of 'a few hundred' Protestants. This is an outright lie; as the historian Eamon Duffy has been pointed out in a letter to the Spectator, only six Protestants were executed during Moor's Chancellorship, and Moore was involved in only three of those cases. Not exactly a bloodbath. It is worth noting that Protestants continued to be harassed and executed under the 'enlightened' Protestantism of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, and later monarchs up to James II. Generally speaking they were genuinely guilty of grave breaches of the peace, including vandalism of churches, physical assaults on clergy, disruption of church services, or, most commonly, publicly speaking against the monarch of the day. Catholics, by contrast, were executed for the private exercise of their religion. St Thomas Moore is the only English politician to be canonised, for his saintly life as well as his heroic death for the Faith.

See here for his Catholic Encyclopedia entry, and here for more materials about him.

St Thomas Moore, pray for us!

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Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen