[quote="Dale_M, post:9, topic:262106"]
As Kaninchen mentioned, Pope Alexander was allied against Louis XIV who was at the height of his power and seen as a threat to surrounding countries. By allying himself with Louis, James II basically put himself at odds with the pope.
William of Orange helped to bring England into the League of Augsburg, against Louis IV. If James II had won, it may not have worked out like that... to the detriment of the Papal States.
...Though not of the Catholic Church necessarily. ;) As annoying as the Bourbons were (and Stuarts too, in their own right), it saddens me even to consider the possibility of a pope celebrating the victory of a Protestant usurper (if not necessarily a bad person per se) over a Catholic rightful king, along with plunging England back into anti-Catholic laws (exclusion from public office, problems with inheritance, prohibition against mass, laws against non-attendance at public services of the Church of England) and so on (it took a strong king not controlled by parliament to halt that). Therefore I'd like to see a clear passage from a specific author that states that such a celebration happened and for what reasons.
Worth noting is the popes did not consider the Hanoverians kings of England and they treated them as still electors of Hanover as long as the Stuarts lived, even though from 1766 (death of James III, the "Old Pretender") onward the Stuarts weren't referred to as kings any more and at some point heads of the English, Scottish and Irish colleges were removed for publicly praying for Charles ("Bonnie Prince Charlie", Charles III) as King, and at some point the title of King of England began to be used in correspondence to the Hanoverians.