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𝐇𝐨𝐧𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐃𝐚𝐲: 𝐀 𝐁𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐅𝐚𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐈𝐧𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧
𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟐𝟗 • 𝐒𝐭. 𝐓𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐬 𝐁𝐞𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐭
𝐅𝐀𝐂𝐓𝐒 𝐀𝐁𝐎𝐔𝐓 𝐒𝐀𝐈𝐍𝐓
His career had been a stormy one. While archdeacon of Canterbury, he was made chancellor of England at the age of 36 by his friend King Henry II. When Henry felt it advantageous to make his chancellor the archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas gave him fair warning: he might not accept all of Henry’s intrusions into Church affairs. Nevertheless, in 1162 he was made archbishop, resigned his chancellorship, and reformed his whole way of life!
Troubles began. Henry insisted upon usurping Church rights. At one time, supposing some conciliatory action possible, Thomas came close to compromise. He momentarily approved the Constitutions of Clarendon, which would have denied the clergy the right of trial by a Church court and prevented them from making direct appeal to Rome. But Thomas rejected the Constitutions, fled to France for safety, and remained in exile for seven years. When he returned to England he suspected it would mean certain death. Because Thomas refused to remit censures he had placed upon bishops favored by the king, Henry cried out in a rage, “Will no one rid me of this troublesome priest!” Four knights, taking his words as his wish, slew Thomas in the Canterbury cathedral.
𝘖 𝘎𝘰𝘥, 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘸𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘊𝘩𝘶𝘳𝘤𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘭𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘉𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘱 𝘛𝘩𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘴 𝘧𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘥 𝘰𝘧 𝘶𝘯𝘨𝘰𝘥𝘭𝘺 𝘮𝘦𝘯: 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘵, 𝘸𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘤𝘩 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘦, 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘪𝘥, 𝘮𝘢𝘺 𝘰𝘣𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘧𝘳𝘶𝘪𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘱𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯. 𝘛𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘓𝘰𝘳𝘥 𝘑𝘦𝘴𝘶𝘴 𝘊𝘩𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘵, 𝘞𝘩𝘰 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘳𝘦𝘪𝘨𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘏𝘰𝘭𝘺 𝘚𝘱𝘪𝘳𝘪𝘵, 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳.