[quote="PerfectTiming, post:6, topic:286692"]
I am glad they are making an effort to celebrate the Jubilee. I haven't been to Mass so I don't know if my parish will do anything. It is after all a great occasion in our history and none of us will live to see another one.
God save the Queen!
You can't blame the Queen for the sins of the people of the past. That is very unfair. Catholics persecuted Protestants and Protestants persecuted Catholics. The history on both sides is bloody. There is no point hanging on to the errors of the past when those who committed them have long since gone to their judgement.
There are actually processes in place to change the Act of Settlement to allow the monarch to be married to a Catholic, the realms have all agreed. The monarch must be an Anglican because the monarch is the head of that church. A Roman Catholic cannot be that.
Not to mention, the Queen is a figurehead. She has no real administrative power. The British attitudes towards Catholics are not her fault.
Blessings are not disposed on the basis of how nice the personU in question has been to Catholics. There is nothing stopping Protestants from receiving blessings.
And yet she still chooses to be Supreme Governor of the Church of England. She could resign the title any time she wanted. I have a feeling Charles would do it immediately, because he is more genuinely unbigoted in matters of faith. And I'm sure the Archbishop of Canterbury would have no problems taking over immediately. It would completely remove the necessity for the crown to be tied in any way to such an arbitrary characteristic as religion.
And the proposed changes still mean real discrimination. Anyone who marries a Catholic
must at least agree to permit their children to be instructed in the Catholic faith and to receive the Catholic sacraments. That means anyone whose children will be in the immediate line of succession for the throne as a matter of practice would find it impossible to make the promises required to marry a Catholic. I don't see any real potential for change here.
The Pope for his part, and his predecessor, have done an enormous amount to heal past hurts by acknowledging the harmful acts of past Popes - and clergy - towards various groups such as Jews and native peoples. My own country has similarly in recent years benefited. Y our PM apologizing for past mistreatment of native peoples.
No less should be forthcoming from the Queen. And if she did offer an apology and resign her office within the C of E it would do a huge amount towards making religious tolerance a reality where now the UK has a thin veneer of it only.