Today is the feast day of St. Thomas a Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury who was martyred in 1170 by agents of the King.  St. Thomas defended the rights of the Church from encroachment by the crown, earning the King’s ire and prompting the famous royal outburst– “Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?”  Well, someone did.

In different circumstances of course, the steadfastness and courage of Archbishop Burke remind me of St. Thomas.  He has earned the ire of the “rulers” of our day, the media, the scoffers, the great democratic goal of pure license.  Let us remember him in our prayers today.