Ven. Mathew Flathers

Ven. Mathew Flathers
    Ven. Mathew Flathers
     Catholic_Encyclopedia Ven. Mathew Flathers
    (Alias Major).
    An English priest and martyr; b. probably c. 1580 at Weston, Yorkshire, England; d. at York, 21 March, 1607. He was educated at Douai, and ordained at Arras, 25 March, 1606. Three months later he was sent to English mission, but was discovered almost immediately by the emissaries of the Government, who, after the Gunpowder Plot, had redoubled their vigilance in hunting down the priests of the proscribed religion. He was brought to trial, under the statute of 27 Elizabeth, on the charge of receiving orders abroad, and condemned to death. By an act of unusual clemency, this sentence was commuted to banishment for life; but after a brief exile, the undaunted priest returned to England in order to fulfil his mission, and, after ministering for a short time to his oppressed coreligionists in Yorkshire was again apprehended. Brought to trial at York on the charge of being ordained abroad and exercising priestly functions in England, Flathers was offered his life on condition that he take the recently enacted Oath of Allegiance. On his refusal, he was condemned to death and taken to the common place of execution outside Micklegate Bar, York. The usual punishment of hanging, drawing, and quatering seems to have been carried out in a peculiarly brutal manner, and eyewitnesses relate how the tragic spectacle excited the commiseration of the crowds of Protestant (Protestantism) spectators.
    H.G. WINTERSGILL
    Transcribed by Joseph P. Thomas

The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume VIII. — New York: Robert Appleton Company. . 1910.


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  • Mathew Flathers — (Matthew; alias Major) (b. probably c. 1580 at Weston, Yorkshire, England; executed at York, 21 March 1607) was an English Roman Catholic priest. He is a Catholic martyr, beatified in 1987. Life He was educated at Douai, and ordained at Arras, 25 …   Wikipedia

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