Thursday, 25 September 2008

Progress, of sorts: Catholics to be allowed to take the throne

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For those of a republican bent, this news isn't exactly earth-shattering, but it's progress nonetheless. The government is planning legislation that would allow Catholics to take the throne of the United Kingdom, in a move that would mark another blow to the establishment of the Church of England.

For over 300 years the monarchy has been the sole preserve of Anglicans, with even those marrying Royals being effectively required to convert to the Church of England, lest their sweetheart should lose their coveted place in line to the throne (this happened most recently with Autumn Kelly, who converted before she married Peter Philips, in order to preserve his crucial 11th place in the queue).

Well, no longer, at least if the government's proposals go ahead. And in another victory-of-sorts, this time for feminism, first-born daughters of Royals would no longer be leapfrogged in the line by their younger brothers.

Okay, so it's not that big of a blow to the establishment, but with the blasphemy law gone earlier this year it suggests the cracks keep forming.

One minor problem though – according to the Guardian, "sources said No 10 would like the legislation to be passed quickly in a fourth term." As a Labour fourth term is about as likely to happen as me converting to Catholicism, marrying a Royal, then converting to Anglicanism and entering the line of succession, none of the above is likely to happen either. Sorry for the false hope.


meteorplum said...

It appears that Jews and Muslims still get no Royal love. And what about Baptists and Quakers? And of course, Atheists are Right Out. And the English wonder why the world thinks of their monarchy as being "quaint".

Anonymous said...

The fact that a Catholic can't be eligible for the throne is about the only rational thing the British monarchy has got going for it.