Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Before Glorification

Evelyn Waugh's Edmund Campion: Jesuit and Martyr powerfully recounts the conclusion of the sham-trial that condemned Saint Edmund Campion and his companions to be hanged, drawn and quartered. Campion's final words to the judges who condemned him are at once beautiful and stunning. This excerpt stands out:

"In condemning us you condemn all your own ancestors--all the ancient priests, bishops and kings--all that was once the glory of England, the island of saints, and the most devoted child of the See of Peter."

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