I am the first to admit that I am… Old School? A little stuck in my ways? Ah, baloney on it…I ADMIT IT, I AM GETTING OLDER AND AM JUST PLAIN SLOW !!!
Now that my true confession is out of the way, I began watching “The Tudors” on Showtime On Demand. I chose this venue, because I was forewarned about the salacious (not gratuitous) sex scenes & choose to fast forward through them. Indeed, there is a lot of sex in that series, but to its credit, that is where most of the artistic license takes place. It is, I find, overall balanced and historically accurate.
The portrayal of St. Thomas More was impressive. It was honest about his attempt to stamp out heresy & subsequent burning of heretics at the stake, while remaining devout and true to Mother Church. The excesses of Cardinal Woolsey were not glossed over, nor was the sometimes appearance of a mundane attitude in Rome. The Catholic Church retained her holiness and, especially with Queen Katherine of Aragon, remained, for the most part, on higher ground. As I said, I believe most of it is fair in its description of that period of European history. It also accurately outlines & shows the birth of many of the myths held as beliefs by so many non Catholics (idolatry, superstitions, corrupted Scripture).
What surprises me the most & what I never knew, was just how heinous the persecution of Catholics in England turned out to be. I knew that Henry VIII suppressed Catholicism and declared himself head of the Church of England. I realize his motives were less than pure, but I was unaware of just how brutal he was in his suppression. It never occurred to me just how deeply maniacal & narcissistic the man he was. It doesn’t surprise me in the least that with that foundation, that church finds itself open to amoral doctrines that include women priests and gay marriage. I am even more so taken aback when I read that reigning Queen Elizabeth is so eager to “preserve” the spirit of Anglican history!
Bottom line, each time I hear people blame the Catholic Church for all of the ills in the world and rants about her jaded history with the Inquisition, Crusades, etc., I wonder why this story is not so much a fleeting thought. These kinds of atrocities are never discussed. It reminds me of the recent “pedophile priests” scandal. There are millions of pedophiles who are committing crimes everyday, and not all of them are Catholic priests. A member of the family is more likely to commit heinous crimes against children than the parish priest, but still, the media acts as if they all are. “The Tudors” has inspired me to become more knowledgeable & a better defender of My Faith.