Sunday, July 22, 2007

Let a Catholic on the Throne?

The country’s most senior Roman Catholic has called for the repeal of 300-year-old laws barring members of his church from becoming monarch.

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“Most people can’t understand why a member of the royal family can marry a Sikh, Hindu or Jew but not a Roman Catholic,” said Murphy-O’Connor. “Most people would agree that it isn’t right.”

The editorial writer correctly points out that the monarch is the head of the Church of England, so what happens if a Catholic becomes the monarch? Sadly, probably nothing, unless the person was actually a strong Catholic. Otherwise the lukewarm Catholic would be a scandal for the Catholic Church.

But why isn't the editorial writer concerned if a Sikh, Hindu or Jew becomes monarch?

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