Queen irked at Vatican move
A senior adviser to the Queen met secretly with the leader of the Catholic
Church in England and Wales to express concern over the Pope’s offer for
disaffected Anglicans to convert to Rome.
In a highly unusual step, Earl Peel, the Lord Chamberlain, asked Archbishop of
Westminster Vincent Nichols to meet him in November, a fortnight after Pope
Benedict XVI’s decree.
The Vatican announcement shocked the Church of England and was widely seen as
designed to poach Anglican clergy.
The Queen, who is the Church’s Supreme Governor, was not warned of the move.