The Schism: Influences from Henry VIII to Elizabeth – Msgr. Frank Lane
In this 2006 Deep in History lecture, Msgr Frank Lane discusses how the troubled relationship between England and Rome evolved from the schism of Henry VIII through the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Msgr Lane looks at the key historical points necessary to understand contemporary efforts toward reconciliation between the Anglican Church and the Catholic Church.
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-“Just as theology cannot stand on its own, neither can history be taken, isolated from itself. History is lifeless if its
theological implications are not seen.” What comment(s) does Msgr. Lane make about history?
-What changes did Elizabeth make once she became queen?
-Why do you think Pope Pius V excommunicated Queen Elizabeth? What effects did this controversial act have on Catholics in England? What effect did the Counter-Reformation’s priests have on Catholics in England?
-Msgr. Lane suggests that you can see the fear of those who persecuted the English Catholics by the cruel and savage
methods in which the martyrs were killed. What is your reaction to this thought? Can you compare it to the way in which Catholics are treated in the media today?
-In what way can you see Fr. Robert Parsons’ governmental theories expressed in our own laws today? What is Parson’s
-What is “true freedom”?
St. Edmund Campion: An English Catholic martyr and Jesuit priest. While conducting an underground ministry in officially Protestant England, Campion was arrested by priest hunters. Convicted of high treason, he was hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn. Campion was canonized in 1970 by Pope Paul VI as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.
Robert Parsons: An English Jesuit priest who accompanied St. Edmund Campion on his mission to aid English Catholics in 1578. After Campion’s capture, torture, and execution, Parsons left England, never to return. He spent the rest of his life founding seminaries and colleges in Spain and France.