FULL MARKS to Fr Patrick O'Donoghue, SubAdministrator of Westminster Cathedral, on his superbly produced 16-page colour brochure to commemorate the 450th anniversary of the martyrdom of Saint Thomas More and Sain John Fisher. Fr O'Donoghue set standards of excellence in editorial content and presentation.
In his article More as Chancellor, Lord Hailsham, Lord Chancellor, refers to Henry's "cruel, treacherous, and homicidal nature," which allowed him to "contrive his judicial murder".
Mgr Anthony Stark writes on The London of More and Fisher; Sister Ann Murphy on More the Family Man and Saint; John Arnold (Dean of Rochester), on Fisher The Diligent Bishop; and Brendan Bradshaw on The Spirituality of St John Fisher".
There are also contributions by Michael Walsh, Anthony Kenny and Dermot Fenlon. The Introduction is by Cardinal Hume 0511. I am glad Fr O'Donoghue saw fit to publish on the back cover of the brochure a photograph of that magnificent carved relief on the wall of the Martyrs' Chapel in Westminster Cathedral by Eric Gill.
It is a much neglected masterpiece, poorly placed by previous incumbents of Westminster, because, one suspects, they had not sufficient appreciation of its merits.
Everybody is aware of Eric Gill's Stations of the Cross, but few know of his tribute to More and Fisher, which has always been somewhat overshadowed by the presence of a saintly cadaver in the martyrs' chapel.
Our photograph, by Carlos Reyes shows Saint John Fisher and Saint Thomas More on either side of the crucified Risen Christ the King in Eric Gill's masterly stone carving.
The 16 page colour brochure is on sale, price £1.50 at Westminster Cathedral and Catholic bookshops. It deserves to be widely read and kept as a worthy souvenir.