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Written Word > Articles & Commentaries > November 2010 > Thomas More and the Bishop of Rome
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Christian Daniel Pierre Placide Pineau
I also saw this film which I loved very much. It is a great film. I heard it was made someone of teh Church of England. I remarked to myself that if I had been an Anglican, this film would have forced me to convert to catholicism. Honestly speaking, I cannot understand how one can remain an Anglican once he knows the story of the origin of this communion.All is built on an adultery, and disobedience...Will an Anglican give me the answer ???
11/5/2010 6:51:30 PM
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As usual, a very good piece, Fr Barron.

I agree with you Christian Daniel re how an Anglican can remain so if one is aware of its roots.

An Anglican friend once said to me "What can one expect from a religion that is born of sin (in reference to his own faith)? Furthermore, having heard and read Scott Hahn, this friend agrees with Hahn. Yet,he insists on remaining Anglican. So I don't really know what to make of that. Perhaps it is a refusal to follow the truth that the mind has already apprehended.
11/5/2010 10:58:18 PM
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The answer to the question may well be pride.
If pride can lead us, individually, to moral peril, I suppose it can happen at the institutional level as well.
11/8/2010 9:16:58 AM
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I love the comment by Benedict XVI that ethical principles should provide the basis for democratic deliberation and not be the subject of deliberation which is what is happening now. The chaos that results is causing a moral war of which abortion is most apparent discounting the natural law.
11/11/2010 2:43:20 PM
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I was visiting the Tower of London last year, and I was both in the room he was held before his execution and later happened to be standing at the walk way in which St. Thomas More took his last walk before his execution. The man provided inspiration for me to stand up for our faith, but in season and out of season.
11/17/2010 7:21:56 PM
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Gerald Nora
Thomas More is a great hero for me and many other American Catholic lawyers.

Several years ago, Justice Antonin Scalia made an interesting observation at a Chicago dinner hosted by the Catholic Lawyers Guild.

Thomas More is revered for defending papal primacy when a political issue divided Henry VIII and one of history's least admirable popes.

Speaking during John Paul II's papacy, Scalia challenged us by noting that few of us are willing to stand with one of history's greatest popes on moral issues.

I remember that the dinner crowd did not give Justice Scalia nearly as much applause at the end of his speech than it did at the beginning.

Scalia's observation is no less true today when we are blessed with another good Pope.
12/4/2010 11:42:15 AM
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I agree with this article on St. Thomas More very much. I have a question for anyone. Is it true historically that Thomas More was responsible for putting heretics to the stake to be burned alive? If so, how could that be plausible that he is a declared Saint of The Church? I am just asking if anyone knows of this. There was a series on HBO to this effect and I want to know if there is any truth to this. Thank you!
12/10/2010 12:45:35 PM
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Harry R Bendelow
The reason why Anglicans, on the Catholic wing of the Church of England, do not convert to Rome is an interesting question and deserves an honest answer. Put in a simple way it is because Catholic equals traitor. Please do not be offended by that rather harsh statement and allow me to explain.
The Papacy in the 15th & 16th Centuries was every bit as despicable as Henry VIII. The Papacy was involved in politics and backed various monarchs in Europe. Political intrigued and warfare was almost a pastime for monarchs and nation states. The Papacy played its full part in all this and sought to use its religious, spiritual and political influence. Benedict XVI has rightly condemned and expressed regret for all this.
The interests of Spain and Rome increasingly became associated, in the eyes of the people of Britain, as against the interests of our people and nation.
The English Catholics, who would have welcomed the armies of Spain if their armada had not been sunk, were rightly regarded as traitors. Thousands of English men would have been killed.
The notion that Catholic equals a potential traitor is still very much alive in the part of Wales where I live. The authorities know that certain prominent Catholic families were ready to co -operate with the Nazi party had the Germans landed in 1940. The town I live in was heavily bombed during World War II and feelings still run deep. Many think that the Catholics who were ready to act as regional governors for the Germans should have been hanged for treason in 1945.
The IRA tried to stash arms and explosives, for their murderous activities, along the coast of Wales. People are still very angry about that. In Britain Catholics are associated with IRA back shooters and killers.
I have often heard Catholics in America wonder why CS Lewis did not become a Roman Catholic. The answer to people in Britain is obvious enough.
I know we have to get over the past but it is not always easy. I have said these things not to upset or hurt Catholics but only in an honest attempt to answer your question. I would love to cross over to Rome but my history and my identity hinders me.
1/7/2011 5:34:26 AM
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