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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!


2013 Updates:

I have another article in OSV’s The Catholic Answer Magazine, 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.

In 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 here!

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.

historyapologetics.bmpAnd 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 controversy!

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.

Book Description

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 Ronald Knox.

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 here.

~~Don’t forget that podcasts of my Radio Maria US show, The English Reformation Today, are available on-line here: 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 Meet the Author show.

~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 here

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