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FRONT PAGE  |  11/26/2022
FRIDAY, JAN 1, 2021  |  9 comments
Trump Commemorates Death of Thomas Becket With Religious Freedom Proclamation
Thomas Becket’s death serves as a powerful and timeless reminder to every American that our freedom from religious persecution is not a mere luxury or accident of history, but rather an essential element of our liberty. It is our priceless treasure and inheritance. And it was bought with the blood of martyrs.

As Americans, we were first united by our belief that “rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God” and that defending liberty is more important than life itself. If we are to continue to be the land of the free, no government official, no governor, no bureaucrat, no judge, and no legislator must be allowed to decree what is orthodox in matters of religion or to require religious believers to violate their consciences. No right is more fundamental to a peaceful, prosperous, and virtuous society than the right to follow one’s religious convictions. As I declared in Krasi?ski Square in Warsaw, ...

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News Item1/3/2021 11:34 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
B. McCausland wrote:
This article has things upside-down.
Becket was not for religious freedom but for utter control of the church upon and above the civil power.
Yes, Bible-believers have no dog in the fight between pope and kings over control of a false and idolatrous church, which this article categorizes as Christianity.

If John Birchers had any spiritual sense, they would be better inspired by the persecuted Waldensians or Lollards.


News Item1/1/2021 4:57 PM
B. McCausland  Find all comments by B. McCausland
This article has things upside-down.
Becket was not for religious freedom but for utter control of the church upon and above the civil power.
Becket was both chancellor of state and archbishop of Rome, with its conflicting roles. The civil courts could not try crimes committed by clergy and this was why the king objected to Becket's overwhelming policies.

News Item1/1/2021 4:23 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Ex-Catholic Journal wrote:
Definition: The recognition by the Catholic Church that a person has gone to heaven, and can thus intercede on behalf of living Catholics. It is the third of four steps in the canonization of a saint. Once beatified, the person is given the title “blessed.” In order to be beatified, the Church must determine that the person lived a life of heroic virtue, and at least one miracle has been performed as a result of their heavenly intercession. [The requirement of a miracle is waived for martyrs]..... After beatification, a feast day is placed on the Church calendar, which is usually applicable only to a particular locality. Upon canonization, the beatified person must be venerated by the whole Church, and is officially listed among the official canon of the saints.

Discussion: The practice of beatification is erroneous, since only God ultimately knows who he has elected to heaven. The presence of alleged miracles is no sure sign of a person’s intercession – Jesus even warns of false signs and wonders (Mt. 24:24). Also, Christians are only to pray to the Father in the name of Jesus (Jn. 16:23)..

from, "Beatification"❗👎

Quite right, BM ❗👍


News Item1/1/2021 2:13 PM
B. McCausland  Find all comments by B. McCausland
Becket held civil and religious power in one. Do Americans believe in separation of church and state?
In Becket's day criminals escaped civil punishments by choosing to be tried by the church courts instead, which let them go free with nil sentences especially if they belonged to the clergy .
So what is the celebration about?



News Item1/1/2021 11:15 AM
Chrisgp from England | England  Find all comments by Chrisgp from England
In the providence of God, Henry VIII only married Catherine of Aragon, his older brother’s widow, (by special permission of the Pope), and became King later on, because his older brother, the Crown Prince Arthur, died, (while their father Henry VII was still alive). I believe that young Prince Henry, if his brother had survived and become king, was actually being prepared for a career as a high prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, and would no doubt have been made a Cardinal, which was something that happened to younger sons of royal and noble families in those days!! How ironic!!

News Item1/1/2021 11:00 AM
Chrisgp from England | England  Find all comments by Chrisgp from England
Remember Henry VIII was never a Protestant. He broke away from Rome for 2 reasons only. 1st , he wanted his divorce from Catherine of Aragon, and Rome wouldn’t give it to him, because at that time the Pope was a captive of her nephew, Emperor Charles V. 2nd, he envied the church properties, particularly the monasteries, nunneries, convents and friaries, and wanted to seize them, and benefit financially by them. Theologically, apart from dismissing the doctrine of the Papacy, he remained to a great extent a Catholic, not so much Roman, but National English!! He ruthlessly dealt with opposition, and although his Archbishop Cranmer was a genuine evangelical, he had to tread very carefully. On one day in London, at 2 ends of the city, some Catholic monks were being hung for opposing Henry as “Supreme Head of the Church” and at the other end some Protestants were being burnt at the stake for heresy!!!

News Item1/1/2021 9:51 AM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
Jim Lincoln wrote:
excerpt from, "Was Thomas Becket a Saint or an Arrogant Troublemaker?"
Kings are such a weird lot. Henry Number 8 thinks the dead guy Becket was cool, then Henry changes and because Henry changes, he thinks the still dead guy Becket became a traitor. So who is the real arrogant fool?

News Item1/1/2021 7:17 AM
Joshua  Find all comments by Joshua
How come you didn’t comment on the other article Jim you no which article I’m talking about Jim. The only difference between you and Biden is that he’s famous and your not. Oh yeah there’s another thing both of you will never be president

News Item1/1/2021 3:07 AM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
History Today wrote:
Opinion tends to be shaped by circumstances. In 1520, Henry VIII regarded Becket as a revered saint and took Emperor Charles V with him to kneel at his shrine. Some years later, he denounced Becket as a traitor to his king. What had changed? Henry had broken with Rome.---John Guy
excerpt from, "Was Thomas Becket a Saint or an Arrogant Troublemaker?"

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