Today we commemorate Saint Thomas More, husband, father, lawyer, sometime chancellor of England, martyred in 1535 along with his compatriot Saint John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester and cardinal of the Church, who is remembered today also. In fact, although More’s head went under the headsman’s axe on July 6, it was Fisher who was put to death on this day, when they are both remembered. I suppose Cardinals first, Chancellors, second.
Both saints are martyrs of conscience (as are all martyrs, really, as John Paul II made clear in Veritatis Splendor) – put to death in odium fidei, in hatred of

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