Thomas More: defender of marriage in Europe, says Madrid cardinal

.- During the consecration of the new Church of St. Thomas More in Madrid, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela highlighted the relevance for today’s world of the saint’s model of holiness and his defense of marriage and the law of God without fear of martyrdom. During the Mass of consecration for the new parish church in the Madrid neighborhood of Majadahonda, the cardinal explained that Thomas Moore “was a saint, a European Christian who defended marriage according to God’s law, opposing divorce, the breaking of God’s law.  He said ‘no’ to those who would break the law of God, and it cost him his life.”

This was “a man who had no fear of martyrdom,” the cardinal noted, saying he was a “model for young people of the parish and for all of us in difficult moments.”

Cardinal Rouco, who inaugurated the construction of the parish two years ago, said during his homily that the parish is “young and dedicated to a saint who is relevant for today’s Europe.”  Therefore, he added, “St. Thomas More is very present to us on this day of dedication of the church.”

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