Martyrs of Our Faith

The Courage of Manche Masemola

If you’re in London England and visiting  Westminster Abby, go to the Great West Door and look up. You’ll see them. Ten statues. They form a façade, a gallery really, of ten martyrs of the Christian Faith, each murdered in the 20th century.  Some you will no doubt recognize. There stand Martin Luther King, Oscar …

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“Benefit of Clergy” and a Lambeth Palace Murder

It began as an act of callous greed.   In 1514 the infant son of  English merchant, Richard Hunne died.  For the “mortuary dues” the priest coveted the child’s linen burial shroud – the father refused. The priest sued for it in ecclesiastical or Church court.  Hunne counter-sued in the King’s or state court. The Bishop of …

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