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What Can a Martyred Saint from 500 Years Ago Teach Us Today?

Today is the feast day of St. Thomas More and of St. John Fisher, both martyrs to the State during the reign of Henry VIII. This is a perfect time to reflect on the relationship between Church and State or, in our time, between the Sacred and the Secular.

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion…Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.” – John Adams

“The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.” – John F. Kennedy

“Without God, there is no virtue, because there’s no prompting of the conscience. Without God, we’re mired in the material, that flat world that tells us only what the senses perceive. Without God, there is a coarsening of the society. And without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.” – Ronald Reagan

Examining Christian Responsibility versus the State -
By Francis Cardinal George
By Archbishop Charles Chaput
By Gerard Wegemer

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