King Henry VIII of England ordered Sir Thomas More to the headsman for More’s refusal to knuckle under to Henry’s split from the Catholic Church over the Pope not granting Henry’s divorce.
No one here in the United States has yet been beheaded over keeping to traditional Christian beliefs, but try speaking out against, say, flying the Pride Flag over your city’s civic center and see what happens.
More lost his head but kept his faith. For Roman Catholics, he is the patron saint of politicians.
For our own troubled times, we could do worse than pondering Thomas More’s writings. The excerpt below is from the introduction to Thomas More on Statesmanship by Gerard B. Wegemer:
“Institutional arrangements” could well be taken refer to the checks and balances built into the American form of Constitutional government by Founders convinced of the difficulty of maintaining personal virtue as a basis for political conduct.