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CANTERBURY, England (RNS) A royal row has broken out between Church of England bishops and Prime Minister David Cameron’s liberal-minded coalition government over a planned bill to change ancient laws governing the royal line of succession. By Trevor Grundy.


  1. rev. daniel hesko

    What a strange debate considering that for almost 1000 years the English monarch was a Catholic.

  2. Good on Prince Charles for voicing his concerns. But I don’t think it is Roman Catholicism he has to worry about.

  3. Nothing like seeing two anachronistic institutions in the monarchy and the church battle it out over increase irrelevancy…

  4. Liberal obsession with “non-discrimination” and “equalities” leads to all kinds of cultural erosions in those (almost exclusively White and Western and Christian) societies that have become entranced by it. Opening the throne to a female over a male and trying to make the sovereign’s consort’s religion irrelevant are both cut from the same piece of ideological cloth.

  5. Fr. John Morrris

    Since the most important monarchs of British history during the last 500 years have been women, it only seems natural that a man should not be given preference over a woman for the throne. Why should the only person in Great Britain with no religious freedom be the monarch? On the other hand why should the Church of England be controlled by the secular authorities. It would be better to disestablish the C of E to liberate it from state control, and give the British monarch religious freedom. Of course, something will have to be done to provide public funding to maintain the many beautiful cathedrals and churches as part of the architectural heritage of the English people.

  6. God forbid (so to speak) that the English monarch be of the same faith as St. Augustine of Canterbury, St. Thomas Becket, St. Thomas More, a cloud of witnessing English saints, and a thousand years of stout English folk. Time to dismiss King Henry’s made-up play-church.

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