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By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, June 22, 2021

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at …


St. Thomas More, whose feast we celebrate today, was put to death because he would not affirm what he did not believe. His witness should be an inspiration to the many Christians who are today facing the same unreasonable demands: demands that they embrace a lie.

“Live not by lies,” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn exhorted us, in a powerful essay, released on the day that he was arrested in 1974. He knew the power of the lies that propped up the Soviet regime. And the leaders of that regime, in turn, recognized the power of the witness who rejected those lies—which is why they sent Solzhenitsyn into exile.

In our own society, powerful institutions are now promoting lies.  …

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