Wednesday, August 29, 2012
St. John the Baptist and St. John Fisher
Henry VIII was the new Herod
Ann Boleyn was the new Herodias
John Fisher was the new John the Baptist
When John Fisher was convicted of "treason" he was, of course, sentenced to death. Henry, as Head of the Church" had already defrocked John Fisher and deposed him of his bishopric. Pope Paul III responded by naming John Fisher as a cardinal of the Catholic church. This infuriated Henry VIII who said that the Bishop of Rome did not need to send the cardinal's hat to Fisher - Henry would instead send the Fisher's decapitated head to Rome!
(Which is a little like St. John the Baptist's head being delivered to Salome, as Caravaggio depicted above.)