In terms of one's own salvation, it actually does. Our standing with the Church is far more important when we die than whatever we had done before then. The good thief at the Cruxifixion reminds us of this. However, in terms of simply one's place in history, no, I suppose it wouldn't.
I think his life should serve as a warning to every Catholic: we always stand the risk of losing the Faith.
Couldnt agree more. H8 was a good Catholic devout, fit and fair, praised by all, even the Church but he let power go to his head and is now probably stoking one of the fires. "The good man does with ones life is inturred with his bones, the he does live on forever" William Shakespeare Catholic and anti Elizabethian