St. Thomas More on Going Along to Get Along

oil-painting-74028_960_720Well, it’s not actually a quote from St. Thomas More.  It’s a scene from A Man for All Seasons.  But I can’t help thinking of this same conversation being had in delegate assemblies where people are trying to get each other to rally around some candidate or other that not everyone can in good conscience support.

The Duke of Norfolk: Oh confound all this. I’m not a scholar, I don’t know whether the marriage was lawful or not but dammit, Thomas, look at these names! Why can’t you do as I did and come with us, for fellowship!

Sir Thomas More: And when we die, and you are sent to heaven for doing your conscience, and I am sent to hell for not doing mine, will you come with me, for fellowship?

Happy feast of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher!  Fisher, of course, was the only bishop in England who wouldn’t sign off on Henry VIII’s divorce.  Why is it that so many questions of religious liberty seem to have to do with the state changing the meaning of marriage to suit its own purposes?

UPDATE: After writing this post, I stumbled on Donald Trump’s newly announced Evangelical Advisory Board.  On the list: James Dobson, David Jeremiah, Kenneth Copeland, Bishop Harry Jackson, Richard Land…  mark my words: the death of American Evangelicalism will be traceable to June 21, 2016.

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About Matt Swaim

Matt Swaim is the Communications Coordinator for the Coming Home Network and the former host of the Son Rise Morning Show on EWTN Radio. His books include "Prayer in the Digital Age" and "The Eucharist and the Rosary." His shorter hot takes on the state of the cosmos can be found on Twitter: @mattswaim
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