Thomas Cranmer (Anniversary)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th April 1988.

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Photo of Mr Michael Alison Mr Michael Alison , Selby 12:00 am, 25th April 1988

I shall weigh carefully what my hon. Friend has said on a sensitive area of possible division. He will recall that Cranmer coined the phrase "the Church militant"—before the word "militant" took on a more political connotation. I am confident that the Church militant will prove to be the Church triumphant, unlike the Militant Tendency.