Church Keeps Catholics Off British Throne

Anglican leader must not be subordinate to pope: Church of England
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Apr 25, 2011 11:28 AM CDT
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh leave the Easter Matins Service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Sunday, April 24, 2011.   (AP Photo/Chris Ison)

(Newser) – Royals are free to marry atheists, agnostics, Jews, and Muslims—but don’t expect a Catholic wedding anytime soon. The British government recently attempted to end a policy, in place for centuries, that bars marriages between royals and Catholics ... but the Church of England blocked the move, the Telegraph reports. A Catholic parent must raise his or her children in the faith, meaning such a marriage would lead to a constitutional conflict: As "Supreme Governor," the future monarch would one day be head of the Anglican church—but, as a Catholic, ultimately under the pope's authority.

“The Government accepts there are provisions which could be discriminatory,” said a rep for Britain’s deputy prime minister. “Amending the laws regarding succession to the throne is a complex and difficult matter that requires careful and thoughtful consideration." (Click for a royal wedding story involving ... Facebook.)

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