Thursday, September 25, 2008

Brits Set to Lift 300-Year-Old Ban on Catholic Succession to the Throne

From The Daily Mail:
The 300-year-old rule excluding Catholics from the throne is set to be abolished under plans drawn up by Downing Street.

Legislation including the 1701 Act of Settlement bars all Catholics and anyone married to a Catholic from reigning and forces any monarch coming to the throne to reject Catholicism.

'To bring about changes to the law on succession would be a complex undertaking involving amendment or repeal of a number of items of related legislation, as well as requiring the consent of legislatures of member nations of the Commonwealth,' the spokesman said.


Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Joanna Bogle on "For God and Queen: The Quandary of the English Catholic"

British Prelates to Press for Repeal of Act of Settlement

Scottish Cardinal Denounces Great Britain's Official Anti-Catholicism

This Day in Jacobite History: The Acts of Union - 1 May 1707

This Day in Jacobite History: Death of Queen Anne; George, Elector of Hanover, Becomes King - 1 August 1714

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At 9/25/2008 4:20 PM, Blogger Donald R. McClarey said...

Considering the quality of most British monarchs since Queen Victoria, God bless her, I consider this lifting of the ban to be a grave insult to Catholics everywhere!

At 9/25/2008 7:48 PM, Anonymous Chelsesa said...

Finally! Now all I need is for someone to introduce me to Prince William and convince him to fall madly in love with me... ;-)

At 9/25/2008 9:17 PM, Blogger Tito Edwards said...


Once you accomplish that, you can change his heart and usher in a new era of Christianity in the U.K.

At 9/28/2008 8:39 AM, Blogger Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

Now, if they'd only lift the ban on unrelated Americans succeeding to the throne...

At 9/28/2008 2:03 PM, Anonymous Victor said...

I can't get too excited about this, not in the face of how intolerant secularism is becoming Britain's official ideology. All this really is is nominal religious freedom for one family, while substantive religious freedom (which existed for 200 years compatible with the Act of Succession) for tens of millions is going into the crapper.


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