My latest in the Pierre Capital Journal. A taste:
John Fisher was a Catholic bishop in England in the 16th century. For refusing to recognize the divorce of Henry VIII from Catherine of Aragon and refusing to take an oath declaring Henry the head of the Church in England, Fisher was condemned to death. He was beheaded on June 22, 1535.
Two weeks later, on July 6, Thomas More was beheaded for much the same reason, refusing to take the Oath of Supremacy. More’s head replaced Fisher’s on a stake at Tower Bridge in London. Both Fisher and More were later declared martyrs and saints by the Catholic Church and share a feast day, June 22.
Inspired by the example of Fisher and More, the American Catholic bishops have declared June 21 to July 4 this year a “Fortnight for Freedom.” This is intended to call attention to abuses of religious liberty by the American government.