The Holy Bishop John Cardinal Fisher – an Historical and Theological Portrait
(FKTh 2023-2, p. 103–137)
This article deals with the life and theology of the widely forgotten St. Bishop John Cardinal Fisher, who stands in the shadow of Thomas More. Both suffered martyrdom for the indissolubility of marriage and papal supremacy. Fisher received a good scholastic education at Cambridge, obtained his doctorate there, and continued his education oriented to humanist ideals. He took his episcopal duties (frequent preaching, administration of the sacraments, charity) very seriously and was known throughout Europe for his piety and learning. In addition, his concern for the faithful led him to become controversial theologically. His sophisticated writings, which were published several times, dealt with the then current problems (Scripture, tradition, authority, grace, justification, marriage). The central truths of faith (Trinity, Incarnation, Redemption) Fisher addressed in detail in his sermons and spiritual writings.