Kresta in the Afternoon – January 15, 2020 – Hour 2

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+  Catholic Life in Henry's England (2 segments)

  • Description: On January 15, 1535 King Henry VIII was proclaimed Supreme Head of the Church of England due to the Act of Succession, changing things forever in the once Catholic country. What was life like in the coming years for English Catholics? We talk with Stephanie Mann.
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    • Stephanie Mann
      Stephanie A. Mann is the author of Supremacy and Survival: How Catholics Endured the English Reformation, available from Scepter Publishers. She resides in Wichita, Kansas and blogs at
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    • Supremacy and Survival: How Catholics Endured the English Reformation

      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. (learn more)

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