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St. Thomas More - Model for Modern Catholics

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St. Thomas More: Model for Modern Catholics by John F. Fink

Borrowing a phrase from Erasmus, Robert Bolt in his play by the same name called St. Thomas More “A Man for All Seasons” and with good reason. Husband, father, eminently successful lawyer in England, an astute politician, second most powerful man in the realm, and one of the best authors of the Renaissance, he was also remarkably saintly. Faithful to the daily devotions and penances that he began as a young man More was a devout Catholic and an ardent defender of the teachings of the Catholic Church against Martin Luther. Known fro his wit and sense of humor, he was the type of person we would all like to have for a friend. His dispute with King Henry VIII over the annulment of Henry’s first marriage and the primacy of the papacy over the Church in England resulted in his ultimate condemnation and execution as a martyr. G.K. Chesterton, during a visit to More’s home in Chelsea in 1929 said of him that “he is more important at this moment than at any moment since his death… But he is not quite so important as he will be in a hundred years time. He may come to be counted the greatest historical character in English history.” This book tells the fascinating and extraordinary story of his life.

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St. Thomas More: Model for Modern Catholics by John Fink tells the fascinating and extraordinary story of the saint's life. Borrowing a phrase from Erasmus, Robert Bolt in his play by the same name called St. Thomas More "A Man for All Seasons" and with good reason. Husband, father, eminently successful lawyer in England, an astute politician, second most powerful man in the realm, and one of the best authors of the Renaissance, he was also remarkably saintly. Faithful to the daily devotions and penances that he began as a young man, More was a devout Catholic and an ardent defender of the teachings of the Catholic Church against Martin Luther. Known for his wit and sense of humor, his dispute with King Henry VIII over the annulment of Henry's first marriage and the primacy of the papacy over the Church of England, resulted in his ultimate condemnation and execution as a martyr.  - Crux of the News, March 16, 2009

About the Author: John F. Fink is the author of eight titles published by ST PAULS / Alba House including the present one: Biblical Women: Females in a Patriarchal Society (2008), Jesus in the Gospels (2008), Letters to St. Francis de Sales: Mostly on Prayer (2002), American Saints (2001), a two-volume work on The Doctors of the Church of the First Millennium (2000) and The Doctors of the Church of the Second Millennium (2000) and Married Saints (1999).

The cover sketch of Thomas More surrounded by his family was made by Hans Holbein in the 1520’s. It was the basis for a painting which no longer survives. Photo Credit: Snark / Art Resources, NY


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9780818912771
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2008

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St. Thomas More

St. Thomas More Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 06/22
Tridentine Calendar - 06/22


Patron Of: Adopted Children, Civil Servants, Court Workers, Difficult Marriages, Stepparents, Widowers, Lawyers, Large Families, Politicians, Statesmen

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    Studied at London and Oxford. Page for the Archbishop of Canterbury. Lawyer. Twice married, father of one son and three daughters, and a devoted family man. Writer. Friend of King Henry VIII. Lord Chancellor of England, a position of power second only to the king. Opposed the king on the matter of royal divorce, and refused to swear the Oath of Supremacy which declared the king the head of the Church in England. Resigned the Chancellorship, and was imprisoned in the Tower of London. Martyred for his refusal to bend his religious beliefs to the king's political needs.
 
Born
    1478 at London, England

Died
    beheaded in 1535; head kept in the Roper Vault, Saint Dunstan's church, Canterbury, England; body at Saint Peter ad Vincula, Tower of London, England

Canonized
    1935 by Pope Pius XI


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