Monday, February 23, 2009

Now available!

In 1521, the staunchly Catholic King Henry VIII of England wrote a theological treatise “Assertio Septem Sacramentorum” (aka. a "Defence of the Seven Sacraments") as a rebuttal of Martin Luther’s "Babylonian Captivity of the Church," in which the reformer had crossed the line from reformer to revolutionary, attacking the doctrine of the sacraments and describing the pope as the "antichrist." King Henry received the title "Defender of the Faith" from Pope Leo X for his work of refuting Protestant heresies.

This new edition of the "Assertio" (edited by yours truly) reprints the English (only) text of Henry's work along with Fr. Louis O'Donovan's classic analysis and commentary, plus three new appendices: A historical timeline of events, the text of Henry's Six Articles of Religion, as well as Fr. E.S. Buchanan's translation of Luther's scathing reply to Henry and his “Assertio Septem Sacramentorum.”

Though a crucial element of our Anglican heritage, this classic writing was largely forgotten, until now. You can purchase your copy online for $12.99 or save on shipping costs and make your purchase at the St Alban's Bookstore. Come join us for Mass on Mondays at 10am in the Chapel, with our book study following until noon in Room 10.

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Matthew the Curmudgeon said...

Thanks for making this available at such a reasonable cost. The recent Roman Catholic edition (with the Latin I believe) was way out of my price range!

Fr Timothy Matkin said...

Thank you. I had the same thought, which is why I put this together. I left out the Latin text because most everyone who would purchase this would only be interested in the English text and those fewer pages would cut down on the cost. Plus, those who want to see the Latin text can always read it online.

Pcasso said...

I am so impressed to find that you put this together for the rest of us to study and learn. Thank you for taking the time and putting your talent into compiling this wonderful publication. I'm looking forward to our study on Mondays. We are blessed to have you at St. Alban's.
Pat Salazar