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By David Nussman, Church Militant, December 29, 2020   

‘Becket’s martyrdom changed the course of history’

St. Thomas Becket

WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) – President Trump is trumpeting a Catholic saint.

December 29 is the feast of St. Thomas Becket, bishop and martyr. Tuesday was the 850th anniversary of Becket’s martyrdom.

In an official proclamation, Trump stated, “Thomas Becket’s martyrdom changed the course of history. It eventually brought about numerous constitutional limitations on the power of the State over the Church across the West.”

“In England,” the president continued, “Becket’s murder led to the Magna Carta’s declaration 45 years later that: ‘[t]he English church shall be free, and shall have its rights undiminished and its liberties unimpaired.'”  …

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