Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Mass and Presentation on St. Thomas More, July 9th

On Saturday, July 9th, St. Mary’s Parish in Davenport, Iowa, will celebrate a Votive Mass of St. Thomas More in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. Mass begins in the church at 8:30 am, followed by a presentation in the church rectory on “Thomas More’s Martyrdom and the Rule of Law.” The church is located at 516 Fillmore Street.

St Thomas More was beheaded on July 6th, 1534, having been convicted of “treason” for refusing to affirm King Henry VIII’s supremacy over the Church in England. Cheerfully embracing his fate, he proclaimed himself “the king’s good servant, and God’s first.” In the aftermath of his death, More was almost universally hailed as an innocent and noble man, courageously willing to die for truth and justice, and his trial and execution were condemned as acts of naked tyranny. In recent times, however, many scholars have claimed that More’s martyrdom was the result of a trial that was procedurally fair, even if we dislike its premises and results. In this presentation, L. Joseph Hebert and Joseph P. Dillon of St. Ambrose University examine the details of More’s trial and explain how it violated statutory, constitutional, and natural—as well as divine—law. RSVP for the presentation to Refreshments will be served. 

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