Protestant Reformation began five hundred years ago, accompanied by
an age of turmoil and secularism we can recognize even in our own
time. Rather than shrinking from the crisis, the Catholic Church
responded with even deeper, and more genuine, reform. We can do the
Catholic Reformation was accomplished by many defenders of the Faith
whom we now know as saints. Their holiness, courageous deeds, and
sacrifices during this renewal of the Catholic Faith demonstrate the
true heroism of saintly action and provide models for defending the
faith in the modern world.
as they are inspiring, these heroes and saints stood up to slay “the
dragons of sin” while championing Church teaching. Their sacrifices
left the Church — and the world — forever changed.
John Fisher, Sir Thomas More, and priests Edmund Campion and Robert
Southwell refused to submit to England’s secular tyranny and chose
martyrdom instead. — Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, and
Charles Borromeo, the reforming Archbishop of Milan, spearheaded the
Pius V brought a spirit of asceticism to the papacy and ardor to the
work of reform.
of Ávila and John of the Cross, despite enduring terrible suffering,
surrendered themselves completely to Christ’s great mission of
reform within the Church.
Heroes of the Catholic Reformation is
a scholarly and cultured celebration of the saints who responded to
the fierce oppositions of their time with courage and an authentic
and lasting Catholic Reformation. Author Joseph Pearce invites us
look to these heroes for inspiration as we seek to live the fullness
of Faith in our fallen world.
Pearce is Director of the Aquinas Center for Faith and Culture at
Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee, editor of the St.
and the author of biographies of Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, G. K.
Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and other Christian