"In condemning us, you condemn all your own ancestors, all our ancient 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."
Thus spake St. Edmund Campion upon being sentenced to death as a traitor.
He was hanged, drawn, and quartered on this day in 1581.
Apropos of this, I can't help but call to mind a quip by Oscar Wilde (whose death — and, far more importantly, deathbed conversion to Catholicism — 110 years ago) was commemorated yesterday.
The Catholic Church, Wilde remarked, is "for saints and sinners alone — for respectable people, the Anglican Church will do."
St. Edmund Campion, ora pro nobis.