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The Danger of Zealous Christians

In this clip from “A Man for All Seasons”, St. Thomas More (Paul Scofield) rebukes his wife, daughter and son-in-law, the Protestant Will Roper, for their false reasoning that the spiritual ends of the Christian life should be pursued by any temporal means necessary. This error is common among many American “conservatives” today who despise human institutions and justify lawlessness by appealing to their private “spirirutal” crusades, which are rejected and discouraged by the hierarchy of the Catholic Church.

When we hear conservatives calling for the arrest of their political enemies in God’s name, we should be surprised to see them crying when those enemies turn and do the same to them. St. Thomas More warned of the foolishness of this anti-Christian worldview.

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