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  • Matrimony or Bust – Another Glimpse at the Why and How of Traditional Marriage’s Demise

    12/08/2014 7:12:10 AM PST · by Salvation · 141 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-07-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Matrimony or Bust – Another Glimpse at the Why and How of Traditional Marriage’s Demise By: Msgr. Charles PopeAll the way back in 1973, George Guilder published a book called Men and Marriage. He expanded and republished it in 1986. In his book, Guilder argued that our culture was marginalizing men, to its great peril. He articulated the critical role that marriage has in helping men focus their sexual energies in a creative and beneficial way. Women have their nurturing role rather clearly defined in the very design of their bodies. But men’s role in the raising of children and in society...
  • Lawyers Argue Gay Marriage Harmful to Children

    02/26/2014 9:58:59 AM PST · by xzins · 20 replies
    CBN ^ | February 26, 2014 |
    The Alliance Defending Freedom is making its case to defend traditional marriage in Oklahoma, arguing same-sex marriage is bad for children. The Christian legal advocacy group said legalizing gay marriage would harm children, undermine society, and make traditional marriages unstable. Lawyers representing an Oklahoma clerk who refused to grant a marriage license to a same-sex couple cited courts and anthropologists in saying children are better off in a home with a mother and a father. They also added traditional couples would be less likely to marry, or stay together if marriage became a genderless institution not focused on procreation. Last...
  • Cruz (Lee) bill stops Obama from 'forcing' gay marriage onto states

    02/13/2014 1:01:53 PM PST · by xzins · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 13, 2014 | Ramsey Cox
    Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) introduced a bill Thursday to ensure states don’t have to adhere to the federal definition of “marriage” and “spouse.” S. 2024, the State Marriage Defense Act, would require that the federal government give the same deference to the 33 states that define marriage as the union between one man and one woman as it does to the 17 states that recognize same-sex unions. “Under President Obama, the federal government has tried to re-define marriage, and to undermine the constitutional authority of each state to define marriage consistent with the values of its...
  • The Pivotal Role of Marriage in Income Inequality

    01/20/2014 1:02:17 PM PST · by xzins · 56 replies
    ChristianHeadlines ^ | January 17, 2014 | Stan Guthrie
    A Leftist is someone who advocates marriage for homosexuals but opposes it for heterosexuals. Recently, Ari Fleischer, a press spokesman for George W. Bush, responded to the current administration’s newfound desire to fight the plague of “income inequality”—which has spread more under Barack Obama than under any other recent president—by stating the obvious: that marriage is good economic medicine. “`Marriage inequality’ should be at the center of any discussion of why some Americans prosper and others don’t,” Fleischer said. “According to Census Bureau information analyzed by the Beverly LaHaye Institute, among families headed by two married parents in 2012, just...
  • Do we need to set aside the Word “Marriage” and use “Holy Matrimony” exclusively?

    06/27/2013 5:14:21 PM PDT · by markomalley · 38 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 6/27/2013 | Msgr Charles Pope
    In the wake of the supreme decisions of this week, I would like to return to a question I have Asked before: Are we coming to a point where we should consider dropping our use of the word “marriage?”It is a simple fact that word “marriage” as we have traditionally known it is being redefined in our times. To many in the secular world the word no longer means what it once did and when the Church uses the word marriage we clearly do not mean what the increasing number of states mean.The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines “Marriage”...
  • A Brief Explanation of the Nuptial Meaning of the Body.

    12/05/2013 6:29:58 PM PST · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12/5/2013 | Msgr Charles Pope
    Some of you know that I write the Question and Answer Column for Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly. I like doing that as it imposes a kind of disciplined writing on me, where I must answer questions very briefly, in about 400 words or less.A question recently came in about a topic that I have not written much about here on the Blog. I’d like to reproduce the question and answer here in order to include the concept in my blog compendium and also to encourage you, if you do not read my column in the Sunday Visitor to know about...
  • Some Sober Reflection on Matrimony, Sexuality and the Family. A Call to Prayer for...

    12/16/2013 4:03:35 AM PST · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12/15/2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    We’ve talked a good deal about the decline of marriage on this blog over the years. And our discussion must continue as the Synod on the family is planned in Rome.In my short 25 years as a priest I have experienced a major drop off in marriages. In my early years, I had about thirty weddings a year; now, about five or six. In this urban parish in which I have ministered for the larger part of 20 years, a beautiful and picturesque setting for a matrimonial sacrament, we used to have to turn couples away who were not members....
  • Is anyone here using the Matricom, G-Box Midnight MX2?

    12/13/2013 10:12:21 AM PST · by mylife · 27 replies ^ | 12/13/13 | mylife
    I would be interested in your thoughts about how well this works, and how difficult it is to use.
  • Vatican releases liturgical texts for ordinariate use in matrimony, funerals

    07/04/2012 2:39:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    cna ^ | July 4, 2012 | Michelle Bauman
    Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson. Washington D.C., Jul 4, 2012 / 02:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See has announced the first liturgical texts approved for use around the world by the Personal Ordinariates for former Anglicans who have become Catholic. “We welcome with gratitude these texts, which bring into Catholic liturgical life some of the most beloved and memorable texts in the Book of Common Prayer,” said Msgr. Jeffrey N. Steenson, head of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. “These texts have blessed and comforted generations of English-speaking Christians and will be deeply appreciated in the Ordinariate communities,”...
  • Unregistered weddings, or cohabitation with a religious blessing, are a legal minefield (UK)

    05/08/2012 10:37:07 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | May 7, 2012 | FR ALEXANDER LUCIE-SMITH
    A bride and groom sign the marriage register (PA photo) For a real eye-opener of an article, from the Guardian’s Comment is Free section, do have a look at this.What Muslims get up to in their mosques and in their Sharia councils is, of course, completely up to them, but this story does have some important resonances for us Catholics.When you get married in a Catholic church, the priest or some other person acts as an “authorised person” and registers the marriage in a marriage register provided by the local registrar of marriages. These registers have to be kept in...
  • Calif. won't appeal Prop 8 ruling (and judge says regular citizen have no standing)

    08/13/2010 4:15:28 AM PDT · by xzins · 147 replies
    UPI ^ | Aug. 12, 2010
    SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- California will not appeal a U.S. judge's decision to lift a stay on his injunction blocking the state's voter-enacted ban on same-sex marriage, officials said. U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker said Thursday he would lift the stay and allow same-sex marriages to proceed, but not until Aug. 18. Such marriages would be permitted after that unless an appeals court, possibility the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, issues a stay beyond the date. Walker warned the amendment's sponsors may not have standing, or status, to make the appeal because...
  • Cardinal of Mexico: Homosexual Perversion is Evil

    08/10/2010 4:04:55 PM PDT · by 0beron · 14 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 08/09/2010 | Tancred
    The Homosexual-perversion has as much to do with marriage as the human bowel movment has to do with making Wurst. [] Since March the city of Mexico has treated the unnatural homosexual paring as a normal, healthy marriage. Against this unjust state privileging of a beloved perverse act has caused the civil government of President Felipe Calderon to complain. Indeed the highest court in the land of Mexico denied the complaint.
  • The Essentials of the Catholic Faith, Part Two: Channels of Grace, Marriage

    11/05/2009 7:26:16 PM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies · 270+ views ^ | 2002 | Pocket Catholic Catechism
    Part Two:  Channels of Grace Marriage Table of Contents     Marriage is not of human origin. It was instituted by God, as described in the opening chapters of the Book of Genesis.But when Christ came into the world He elevated the natural institution to the level of a sacrament. He wished to provide not only individuals with the means they need, as persons, to reach eternal life: He also wanted to give grace to His followers as social beings. Marriage is the foundation of the family, which is the bedrock of human society.In the Church’s own language, the sacrament of Marriage...
  • Radio Replies First Volume - Matrimony

    08/27/2009 10:56:01 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies · 418+ views ^ | 1938 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Matrimony 887. You include marriage among the Sacraments? Yes. Every valid marriage between baptized Christians constitutes the Sacrament of Matrimony. 888. Christ did not institute marriage. It existed long before His advent to this world. Prior to Christ it existed as a matrimonial contract, but Christ elevated it to the dignity of a Sacrament of the New Law. Christ therefore instituted matrimony as a Sacrament. He blessed marriage by His presence at Cana, and declared its indissolubility when He said, "What God has joined, let not man put asunder." Henceforth, what was formerly a union by human contract was to...
  • Man 'Torched Ł350,000 Home To Stop His Wife Getting It In Divorce'

    11/20/2007 7:04:29 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 22 replies · 168+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 21st November 2007 | CHRIS BROOKE
    Man 'torched Ł350,000 home to stop his wife getting it in divorce' By CHRIS BROOKE Last updated at 00:57am on 21st November 2007 A furious husband burnt down his Ł350,000 home to stop his wife receiving it in a divorce settlement, a court heard. Gary Hooley, a builder, had previously threatened to "knock the house down brick by brick" during one of many heated rows with his wife Michelle. With the short marriage heading for divorce, he set fire to the house they shared in a callous act of retribution committed while drunk, Sheffield Crown Court was told. The detached...
  • Pak-Taleban shave wedding singers’ heads, moustaches

    04/13/2007 10:46:10 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 8 replies · 693+ views
    Pak-Taleban shave wedding singers’ heads, moustaches Web posted at: 4/13/2007 10:1:29 Source ::: AFP PESHAWAR, Pakistan • Taleban extremists shaved the heads and moustaches of a troupe of Pakistani singers, then clashed with a marriage party and took six hostages, officials and witnesses said yesterday. The Islamists intercepted the musicians overnight near the conservative northwestern town of Lakki Marwat where the group was due to perform at three weddings, local police said. After beating the troupe and smashing up their instruments, the militants then shaved the performers’ heads and moustaches, a witness said. Early yesterday the angry hosts of one...
  • Man wins divorce from wife 'too shy' to sleep with him

    02/13/2007 10:43:22 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 104 replies · 3,738+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | Monday, Feb 12, 2007 | DPA, TAIPEI
    Man wins divorce from wife 'too shy' to sleep with him DPA, TAIPEI Monday, Feb 12, 2007, Page 2 A Tainan court has granted a man's request for divorce because his wife was "too shy" to consummate their marriage, a newspaper said yesterday. The man surnamed Chen (’Â), a 38-year-old teacher from Tainan County was introduced to a woman surnamed Lin (—Ń), 29, also a teacher, by a matchmaker. After the couple dated for three months, they married a year ago, but Lin refused to consummate the marriage, the Chinese-language daily China Times reported. On the wedding night, Lin slept...
  • Romanian brides in white wedding dresses to be fined if they are not virgins

    12/10/2006 11:00:17 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 60 replies · 2,055+ views
    New York Post (Weird But True) ^ | December 10, 2006 | BRIAN HAMACHER
    A Romanian priest wants women to pay a "white-dress fine" if they're not virgins when they marry. Father Petrica Bratu, 37, says he hopes the fines will stop couples from living in sin. Couples who had just moved in together would pay about $20 but brides who were pregnant or had children would pay about $120. The average Romanian salary is about $200 per month.
  • Don't Marry a Career Woman: The Debate Heats Up

    09/11/2006 10:39:33 AM PDT · by FreeManDC · 339 replies · 6,463+ views
    Men's News Daily ^ | September 11, 2006 | Carey Roberts
    Wondering about that muffled howl you’ve been hearing the last couple weeks? It’s the sound and fury of feminists reacting to Michael Noer’s latest exegesis, Don’t Marry a Career Woman. Noer’s column, which ran at, surveyed marriages in which the wives doggedly pursue a high-powered career, all the while neglecting family and home. The research shows these women are more likely to be unhappy if she earns more than the guy, or if she quits her job and stays home. Either way, she’s going to be a grump. Her husband is more prone to be discontented if she is...
  • Defensor Matrimonii - St. John Fisher

    06/23/2006 11:37:48 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 10 replies · 298+ views
    Defensor Matrimonii - St. John Fisher On 22 June 1535, St. John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, England, who had been just made Cardinal Priest of Saint Vitalis by Pope Paul III, was beheaded on Tower Hill in London. Officially, he had been convicted of treason for refusing to recognize King Henry VIII as the new head of the Church of England. This was, however, a culmination of an eight year battle that St. John fought with the king over his marriage with Queen Catherine of Aragon. In the summer of 1527, Bishop Fisher was summoned to Westminster Palace for an...
  • St. Francis de Sales Counsels to Married Catholics

    05/09/2006 6:06:11 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 6 replies · 181+ views
    Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de SalesChapter XXXVIII --Counsels to Married People.Source: Ecatholic2000.comMARRIAGE is a great Sacrament both in Jesus Christ and His Church, and one to be honoured to all, by all and in all. To all, for even those who do not enter upon it should honour it in all humility. By all, for it is holy alike to poor as to rich. In all, for its origin, its end, its form and matter are holy. It is the nursery of Christianity, whence the earth is peopled with faithful, till the number of the elect...
  • Brothers of the unpopped question

    04/25/2006 6:38:23 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 118 replies · 2,710+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | April 25, 2006 | LEONORA LAPETER with Matthew Waite and researcher Angie Drobnic Holan
    Twenty-five years ago, most men in the Tampa Bay area married by age 35. But since 1980, the number of never-married men 35 to 55 has jumped sevenfold. ST. PETERSBURG - On the eve of his 50th birthday, Robert Mendenhall was trying to decide whether to spend the big day with someone new or with his ex-girlfriend. She had held his interest the longest: eight months. Mendenhall, who works in regional sales for a roofing and window company, hangs out with half a dozen never-married men in their late 40s and early 50s. They are successful at their jobs, keep...
  • Whispers With Bias (Card. Schoenborn of Vienna does NOT bless homosexual couples)

    02/21/2006 7:02:13 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 3 replies · 343+ views
    The Cafeteria is Closed ^ | February 20, 2006 | Gerald Augustinus
    WHISPERS WITH BIAS ....would be Rocco Palmo's Indian name. ... He reports on a blessing ceremony at the Cathedral of Vienna, where homosexuals where also blessed. His account, however, deliberate or not, is not quite accurate in the most crucial question. OK, it seems that St. Blog's will want some 'splaining on this one.... Gay couples were apparently included in the Valentine's Day liturgy at the Stephansdom in Vienna, and it's being hung around Schonborn's neck like an albatross. Well. Schoen langsam, Rocco. I've read the German article. What happened? Valentine's Day blessings (not a Mass) for "people in love",...
  • More women are asking for prenups

    09/18/2005 3:05:48 AM PDT · by Caipirabob · 624 replies · 5,555+ views
    Sun Sentinel ^ | September 18, 2005 | Georgia East
    Over a casual dinner, Rachel Kaplan turned to her boyfriend and asked, "You're open for a prenup, right?" Darren Waldohlz, 38, a partner in a successful speed-dating business, admits he was caught off guard. But he said he realized a prenuptial agreement would protect the house he owns, too. "It's not that I plan to get divorced," says Kaplan, 23, a single mom from Fort Lauderdale, who has a sizable inheritance. "I have to protect myself and my daughter." While men are still more likely to seek a prenup, "women are becoming a more dominant force," said attorney Alan Braverman,...
  • Wedding Brawl Ends In Arrest (Groomzilla Alert)

    04/06/2005 6:17:36 AM PDT · by IN Farm Girl · 53 replies · 2,379+ views
    Crawfordsville (IN) Journal-Review ^ | 4/6/05 | Maria J. Flora
    Wedding brawl ends in arrest By Maria J. Flora A wedding day brawl ended in the groom being hauled to jail still kicking, police said. Police were twice called to the Ramada Limited where the arguing couple was spending their wedding night last week, according to court records. Angela Tripp was still in her wedding dress when police arrived, Crawfordsville Police Lt. Harvey Barton said in a probable cause affidavit. Her husband Travis R. Lee, 30, was wearing jeans and offered their ripped-in-half marriage license as identification, Barton said. Angela’s neck was red and she told police Travis hit...
  • New annulment norms (issued today) lack hoped for reforms

    02/08/2005 9:50:13 AM PST · by sinkspur · 58 replies · 1,836+ views
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 2/8/2005 | John L. Allen
    A new Vatican instruction on annulment is not expected to change existing practice in the United States dramatically, but it falls short of reforms that many American bishops and canonists hoped for which would have made an annulment faster and easier to obtain. Those reforms were contained in a second draft of the document, which seemed on the brink of publication in 2003. After debates within the Vatican, however, the draft was sent back for revision, and in the end several significant provisions sought by Americans were eliminated or watered down. The instruction, titled Dignitas Connubii, was issued Feb. 8...
  • FReeperette submits to archaic patriarchal custom of domination (FReeper wedding). Film at 11.

    07/04/2004 8:39:58 AM PDT · by sauropod · 365 replies · 5,688+ views
    City Hall in Maryland | 4 July 2004 | Sauropod + Hellinahandcart
    On July 2, I wed my lovely bride, hellinahandcart. Please celebrate with us.
  • The Sanctity of Marriage

    05/28/2004 5:27:02 PM PDT · by AskStPhilomena · 1 replies · 123+ views
    Marriage and the Natural Law Father Trigilio began his discourse explaining how marriage is founded upon natural law, which defines it. Thus, to try and fit any union other than that of one man and one woman into a marriage defies its essence. "[To call anything other than the union of one man and one woman marriage] would be the same as if someone tried to tell you that two plus two was now going to equal five," Father Trigilio said. "In science and mathematics, we would not tolerate someone not telling the truth, but when it comes to theology...
  • Archbishop urges calm as gay marriages begin

    05/14/2004 4:53:12 PM PDT · by AskStPhilomena · 2 replies · 108+ views
    Catholic World News ^ | 14th May 2004
    Archbishop Sean O'Malley of Boston, in a statement released yesterday, appeared to anticipate violence by those opposed to the onset on Monday of gay marriages in Massachusetts. The archbishop called on Catholics to avoid "anger against or vilification of people, especially our homosexual brothers and sisters."... The prelate's comments came the day an open letter also calling for restraint from violence was released by a group of about 100 Catholics, including members of the Boston Priests Forum and some who had opposed the Church's stance on gay marriage. Some pro-marriage activists said on Thursday they resented the implication that they...
  • Bigamist with four husbands at 23 is jailed

    01/28/2004 12:51:29 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 51 replies · 376+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | January 28, 2004 | David Sapsted
    A woman who was married to four men at the same time by the age of 23 was jailed for six months yesterday. Judge Peter Thompson described Amileannya Carmichael, a part-time model, as "a very predatory female". She repeatedly changed her name on her marriage certificate to avoid detection and left her fourth husband heartbroken after only a few months when she moved in with one of his friends. Judge Thompson told her at Ipswich Crown Court: "It is important the public knows that marriage is upheld as an institution by the courts. Marriage is still an important component of...
  • Talking to Teens About God's Plan for Sex and Their Lives

    12/13/2003 8:31:53 AM PST · by Salvation · 24 replies · 719+ views ^ | 12-12-03 | Jason and Crystalina Evert
    ZENIT - The World Seen From Rome Code: ZE03121222Date: 2003-12-12Talking to Teens About God's Plan for Sex and Their LivesJason and Crystalina Evert Share Testimonies Regarding ChastitySAN DIEGO, California, DEC. 12, 2003 ( More than 100,000 teens each year hear God's plan for life and love, thanks to the efforts of Jason and Crystalina Evert. The Everts are a newlywed couple and chastity speakers who work for Catholic Answers and visit high schools -- public, Christian and Catholic -- around the country. Jason Evert, author of "If You Really Loved Me" (Catholic Answers), shared with ZENIT how their young...
  • Statement by the President on Marriage (MUST READ -- Dean/Kerry/Clark Statements Follow)

    11/18/2003 3:02:45 PM PST · by PhiKapMom · 309 replies · 4,381+ views
    The White House ^ | Nov 18, 2003 | President Bush
    Statement by the President On Marriage November 18, 2003 STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT Marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman. Today's decision of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court violates this important principle. I will work with congressional leaders and others to do what is legally necessary to defend the sanctity of marriage.
  • In Sickness and In Health: The Amazing Vow Power

    10/15/2003 8:56:58 AM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 11 replies · 186+ views
    BreakPoint ^ | 15 Oct 03 | Chuck Colson
    Forty years ago, a study called the Hammond Report analyzed the smoking habits of half a million people. Its conclusion: Smoking is dangerous to one's health. It was a warning that ended up on every pack of cigarettes sold. Ten years later, a researcher took another look at the Hammond Report and found something that had been overlooked -- something just as hazardous as a pack-a-day cigarette habit -- that is, divorce. As Linda Waite and Maggie Gallagher write in their book, THE CASE FOR MARRIAGE, an enterprising Surgeon General might wish to slap a warning label on divorce decrees,...
  • Why The Vatican Wrote a Document Against Homosexual Unions

    08/02/2003 3:25:09 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies · 220+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | August 1, 2003
    Why Has The Holy See Written a Document Against Homosexual Unions? Secretary of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Responds VATICAN CITY, AUGUST 1, 2003 ( Why has the Holy See published a document, clearly articulating its negative ethical judgment on those laws that give legal recognition to homosexual unions? Salesian Archbishop Angelo Amato, secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and, together with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, signatory of the document, answered the question in this interview with Vatican Radio. The document "Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions between Homosexual Persons," of a...

    05/28/2003 4:01:07 PM PDT · by Mister Magoo · 103 replies · 7,631+ views
    Star Magazine ^ | May 28, 2003 | Star Magazine
    SCOTT PETERSON FLOODED WITH MARRIAGE PROPOSALS – IN JAIL BACHELOR PAD Scott Peterson has become popular with the ladies since he was accused of murdering wife Laci. So far, none of his female penpals have visited him during his stay at Stanislaus County Jail in Modesto, Calif. HOW "sick" is this? Scott Peterson, accused of murdering his pretty wife Laci is being bombarded with letters from love-hungry ladies begging him to marry them! Sources inside Stanislaus County Jail in Modesto, Calif., say the handsome 30-year-old fertilizer salesman has received marriage proposals from desperate gals of all shapes and sizes since...
  • Julia Roberts Marries Cameraman in New Mexico

    07/04/2002 6:22:56 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 38 replies · 1,611+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 4th, 2002 | By David Bennett
    TAOS, New Mexico (Reuters) - Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts began her Fourth of July celebration with fireworks, marrying movie cameraman Daniel Moder on Thursday in a star-studded midnight ceremony at her sprawling ranch in New Mexico. "I'm confirming that Julia Roberts has married Daniel Molder, but that's all we're saying for now," Roberts' publicist, Marcy Engleman, told Reuters. The 34-year-old Roberts, who has been married once before to offbeat country singer Lyle Lovett, fell for the married Moder after meeting him two years ago on the set of The Mexican, released last year and co-starring Brad Pitt. Last month Moder,...
  • St. Thomas More Bearing Witness Long After His Death

    06/21/2002 10:59:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 508+ views ^ | 6/22/02 | Mark Shea
    St. Thomas More — Bearing Witness Long After His Death by Mark Shea June 22 is the Feast of one of our greatest saints: Thomas More. St. Thomas More (1478-1535) was one of the most gifted men of his day. He entered Oxford at about age 15, was a brilliant scholar, writer, and lawyer (thereby showing that lawyers can get to heaven) was fluent in Greek, Latin and French, was schooled in mathematics and was an accomplished musician. More's Early Life By his early 20's he was lecturing on St. Augustine's City of God to some of the foremost minds...