Thursday, January 11, 2007

Blessed William Carter

The Catholic Church has the reputation of being "book burners" and "inquisitors", intolerant (by violent means) of those who oppose or question their teachings. At least, this is how I viewed them before coming to the Church. Many still do. I sat with several Protestants at lunch near Christmas last year and listened as one announced that he had recently learned of the actual origins of the "12 days of Christmas". Knowing the true origin, I listened in silence to see if he would accureately represent it. To my surprise, he did.

Today's patron saint is another reminder that history has for the most part been grossly skewed against the Catholic Church. It's interesting that I dont think you'll find this level of bias against any other Christian church (or any institution for that matter). Then again, maybe I'm a little biased myself...

From the Catholic Encyclopedia:

English martyr, born in London, 1548; suffered for treason at Tyburn, 11 January, 1584.

he [William Carter] married and set up a press on Tower Hill. Among other Catholic books he printed a new edition (1000 copies) of Dr. Gregory Martin's "A Treatise of Schism", in 1580, for which he was at once arrested and imprisoned in the Gatehouse....

Having been tortured on the rack, he was indicted at the Old Bailey, 10 Jan., 1584, for having printed Dr. Martin's book,
Just a reminder... Catholics have been the victims of injustice far more often than being the proponents of it.


Moneybags said...

The Church has suffered so greatly at the hands of others. Look at the example of St. Justin, St. Charles Lwanga, Sts. Perpetua and Felicilty, St. Stephen the First Martyr, St. Paul Miki, St. Lawrence, and countless others.

Over 30 of the first popes died for the faith. The Church was persecuted during the time of King Henry V of England and Queen Elizabeth I. It was persecuted against in Mexico where Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro was murdered. It was persecuted against in the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s. During that civil war, at least 6,832 priests and religious were martyred, including 13 bishops.

TheGodFearinFiddler said...

Thanks for the info. I didnt know all of that. It doesnt surprise me though. Its funny how accurate history has a way of dispelling misconceptions pretty quickly.