Why is Sir Thomas More venerated by the Church of England? In 1980, Sir Thomas More was added to the Church of England's calandar of saints (July 6). However, his martyrdom was an act which denied this church's authority. I'm just looking for some insight on why he was venerated. QUOTE: Thomas More has been venerated as a saint by the Catholic Church since 1935, and since 1980 his name has been included in the Anglican calendar of saints. .... http://www.vatican.va/jubilee_2000/jubilevents/jub_jubilparlgov_20001026_thomas-more_en.html

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Several men who went against the Anglican Church have feast days, which is what Thomas More was given. John Wesley, for instance, one of the founders of Methodism and hardly a unquestioning supporter of Anglican religious practice, has one. Caught in a very difficult political situation, More chose principle over political expediency. His intellectual achievements also would place him on a short list of great Englishmen. I suppose the short answer would be that the standards for veneration in the Anglican Church are not as rigid as they are for canonization in the Catholic Church, so More's accomplishments more than trump his opposition to the founding of the Church of England in the first place.

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