Bishops urged to imitate St. Thomas More in mandate fight :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Philadelphia, Pa., Dec 20, 2012 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).-

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia has held up the 16th century’s Saint Thomas More as a model of courage for bishops in the face of the federal contraception mandate.

America‘s Catholic bishops cannot simply grumble and shrug, and go along with the mandate now, without implicating themselves in cowardice,” he wrote in a Dec. 19 column for The Witherspoon Institute.

“Their current resolve risks unraveling unless they reaffirm their opposition to the mandate forcefully and as a united body. The past can be a useful teacher. One of its lessons is this: The passage of time can invite confusion and doubt – and both work against courage.”

St. Thomas More, a leading politician of his day, lived at the time of the Anglican schism, when King Henry VIII made himself head of the Church in England. English bishops protested the move at first, but with time all but one, Saint John Fisher, acquiesced to the move.

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