[quote="Sam20045, post:1, topic:259578"]
Would it ever happen....that the United Kingdom would de-establish The Church of England and establish the Catholic Church as the Established Church in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland...with the British Monarch as a Catholic and the British Royal Family.
Could it ever be so?
I hope not. It is a nightmare ! Christ is the Winner, He does not need all that pomp !
I tell you the story I have mentioned here before.
I was years ago in London, in Camden Town. We were searching for a Sunday Mass and saw a beautiful Gothic Church that said that the Mass would be in 10 minutes. Before us there was that limping old lady, who entered the church and was met by a man and a woman, the only people in the church. She asked whether it was a Catholic Church and the man said no she sighed and said that Go was the same and she was tired and she would not move from there. As a foreigner I as shy and though I understood the answer I asked whether there was a Catholic Mass, please, sorry, and the man told me where to go, more a dozen of sorries for not being High Anglican Church (HAC) member (which I discovered then) and the man was polite, no problem and off I went leaving the HAC with a limping Catholic lady to attend the ceremony. In a few strides I found an horrible looking Catholic Church of dubious taste crowded with people who sang at full lungs, prayed, went to communion and I was mystified. I thought England was the place of Protestants and Anglicans and I was dumfounded.
Later on I visited Westminster Abbey which was transformed from a beautiful Gothic Church into a museum of Kings and Queens and whatsoever, you cannot move around without finding a tomb. And had the privilege of going to mass at Westminster Cathedral, of...believe it or not ... byzantine Style. I have attended masses all over Europe: Madrid, Paris, Rome, Wien, Cologne, Zurich, Lisbon, Berlin, Munich. I was moved and My waife moved to tears at the beauty of this mass. thwe whole crowd sang at full lungs, and in one hymn, so beautiful it was, that the organist stepped into the pedal and the whole Cathedral echoed so strongly that an old lady in front of me looked back to see what was happening to the organist: I knew it, hewas moved too. I will never forget the strength of British Catholics and their devotion in the church, their going into communion, their singing, their prayers.
So, I would leave the King and Queen, and the house of the Lords the ones who are there. for Catholics, these perks are cumbersome. We had a Catholic King, Henry the VIII, and look what happened. I would continue to rely on what the British Catholics rely on: Jesus Christ.
As for splendor and magnificence, I will keep the British Masses. If you go to London, you may miss the Big Ben and the Tower of London, the British Museum and Tate Gallery. Don't miss mass at Westminster Cathedral (leave something for it is still incomplete) or even if it is of dubious architecture, mass in any other Church.