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Welcome to the
website for Supremacy and Survival: How Catholics Endured the English
Reformation! I’ll keep it updated with events and other information.
Please link to my
blog where I’ll discuss important dates and my continuing research.
Thank you very much!
I have another article in OSV’s
The Catholic Answer
this time a cover story in the July/August issue!
"How Martyrdom Helped End the Reign of Terror: Who are the Carmelite Martyrs
of Compiegne?" tells the story of the nuns guillotined during the French
Revolution—the inspiration of Francois Poulenc’s popular opera, Dialogues
of the Carmelites. Subscription required for on-line access.
addition to that article on the Carmelite Martyrs, I appeared on The Good
Fight with Barbara McGuigan on July 13, discussing the French
Revolution’s attack on Catholicism and all religion (except Robespierre’s
Cult of the Supreme Being)! Listen to the podcast
Also, in the
September/October issue of the same magazine, my article on
"The Cross Triumphant: What are the Feasts of the
Holy Cross and Our Lady of Sorrows?" described the two liturgical
feasts in September commemorating Our Lord’s Passion.
And in the October on-line edition
of Homiletic & Pastoral Review, my
article on "Knowing Enough History to Defend
It: Catholic History and Apologetics" is provoking some comments and
finally, I spoke at the
Kansas Authors Club State Writing Conference & Convention on Saturday,
October 5th, in Wichita, Kansas—my topic was "Marketing a Non-Fiction
Book to a Niche Audience: It's Quite a F.E.A.T." Visit my blog for
updates on the Conference.
The persecution of Catholics began in 16th century England and tested the
Church for over 250 years. Penal laws labeled Catholic believers as traitors
and brought fines, imprisonment, and even execution. Prominent persons such
as Thomas More, Edmund Campion, and Margaret Clitherow were martyred, while
others quietly endured suspicion or harassment to teach and pass on their
faith to others, but died peacefully in their beds.
The official persecution slowly subsided as threats to England's external
power waned in the 17th and 18th centuries. In the 19th century,
intellectual converts such as John Henry Newman and Henry Manning brought
the merits of Catholicism a new respect in the eyes of Protestant public
opinion. This enabled the unfolding of a wide-ranging apologetic that would
fall to 20th century figures such as G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, and
This book tells the story of the Catholic Church's survival and restoration
in one land. It serves both as a lesson and a warning of the risks to faith
and freedom when absolute power is given free reign.
Please see sample pages
~~Don’t forget that podcasts of my
Radio Maria US show, The English Reformation Today, are
the series covers the English Reformation from the reign of Henry VIII
to the beatification of John Henry Newman and the establishment of the
Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. I also talked to Ken
Huck on Radio Maria’s
~Christine Niles and I
discussed the English Reformation and its relevance today on her
Forward Boldly on-line radio show—we talked for 1.5 hours and
still did not have nearly enough time! Listen