St. Thomas Becket was a man in search of honor. Throughout his early life, he was consumed by ambition and was a consummate politician. He was best friends with king Henry II of England, and his political skill strengthened the king’s reign immensely.
But when king Henry appointed St. Thomas Archbishop of Canterbury for his own political purposes, Becket became a changed man. For the first time in his life, he found something bigger than himself—something worth fighting for. His political ambitions evaporated, and he no longer cared for anything except defending the honor of Christ and his Church. While he strove to remain a faithful servant and friend of the king, his loyalties were put to the test when Lord Gilbert, a nobleman who was also friends with the king, captured and unjustly killed a priest. St. Thomas courageously chose to defend the rights of the Church in defiance of the king, excommunicating the rogue nobleman.
In the following powerful scene from the movie Becket, which I highly recommend, St. Thomas lays the ecclesiastical smack down on Lord Gilbert, cutting him off from the sacraments and for all practical purposes condemning him to hell for his unrepentant disobedience. Yes, they believed the sacraments were necessary for salvation back then, and we should too.
I could think of a few politicians that deserve this, but I won’t go there.