Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Chicago-Talk on Henry8 and Anglican Communion

Chris Check, Vice President of The Rockford Institute, to address Jan. 8, 2010 CCI Lunch Forum On The Impact of "Henry VIII, the Divorce"

Christopher J. Check is the Vice President of The Rockford Institute. He holds a B.A. in English literature from Rice University. Before joining the Institute he served as a captain in the United States Marine Corps, where he specialty was field artillery. He served as editor of The Family in America and is an award-winning commentator for Illinois Public radio. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, the Wanderer, National Review, New Oxford Review, Culture Wars, Touchstone and Defense Media Review. The subject: "Henry VIII, the Divorce" and the welcome "home" by Benedict XVI to Anglicans wishing to return to full communion with the Roman Catholic Church.Pope Benedict XVI has extended an historic olive branch to Anglicans distraught over the collapse of the Church of England into moral anarchy. It is astonishing that Anglicanism has lasted as long as it has in light of the troubling tale of lust, deceit, and disobedience that is at its origin. Even C.S. Lewis, whose Ulster-bred prejudices kept him out of the Church of Rome, locates Henry VIII in deepest, darkest hell. If many Anglicans today admit that Henry VIII was a monster, they justify his cruel treatment of his wife, Catherine of Aragon, by arguing that the king's motives, while not necessarily admirable, were merely political: that the stability of the Tudor line and of the whole realm demanded a male heir. This lecture:
1. exposes the dishonesty of that defense,
2. lays bare Henry's true motives in divorcing Catherine,
3. identifies the sinister operators behind the scenes,
4. unwinds the convoluted legal arguments Henry attempted to justify his actions,
5. and names the painful and widespread effects of the divorce we yet feel today.
Henry VIII's divorce may be the worst tragedy to befall mankind since the Fall of Man.

Luncheons are at 12:00 noon at the Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago. The dress code for the Club allows casual business attire (collared shirt and slacks for men; slacks or skirt with blouse or sweater for women. Jeans, sweat shirts, or tee shirts are not permitted.)
Tickets are $30.00. For reservation, call Maureen at 708-352-5834.

H/T: Gramps, thanks John!


  1. Nancy,

    I'd be tempted to accuse Dale of posting this for my benefit - but then I see it comes under your name, heheheee.

    I was intrigued, recently, by John Zmirak's column at Inside Catholic on Catherine as a patron saint for Chastity.

    I wish I could be there in Chicago.


  2. Funny, Kamilla!!! I wish you could be here too. Did you hear about the Cardinal Newman movie? That should be interesting to you, too. Check it out here: http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs047/1101340708370/archive/1102832572306.html

  3. Katharine as Patroness of Chastity?

    Good, but how about a little more specific?

    Katharine as Patroness of Abandonded Wives. Certainly relevant at the start of the 21st century of Our Salvation.

    Either way, I pray to live to see the day my patroness Katharine of Aragon, Queen of England, is canonized.

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