Are martyrs of 500 years ago really a burning issue for Welby?
by Jonathan Petre, Mailonline:
It was one of the bloodiest periods in English history, with thousands brutally put to death, often burned at the stake for their religious beliefs in the Reformation.
But even though Henry VIII’s war with the Pope began 500 years ago, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is expected to express his remorse this week.
The move was ridiculed by former Conservative Minister Ann Widdecombe, an Anglican who converted to Catholicism.
‘These gestures are pointless. The Archbishop has not put anyone to death, as far as I know,’ she said.
‘Modern Christians are not responsible for what happened in the Reformation.
‘You might as well expect the Italians to apologise for Pontius Pilate.’
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