posted on Feb, 8 2013 @ 10:05 AM
Originally posted by FreedomEntered
reply to post by Freeborn
What is the reason that Roman catholics cannot marry into the royal family? This is weird.
So atheists, jews, muslims etc can marry them but not roman catholics. Sounds suspect
It isn't that Roman Catholics are barred from marrying into the royal family, because they can. However, a Roman Catholic or a member of the royal
family married to a Roman Catholic cannot become King/Queen.
There are two main reasons for this:
1. King/Queen is the head of the Church of England, which does not recognize the Pope as God's supreme representative; and
2. Parliament deemed it was dangerous for the safety and welfare of Britain for the Pope to have undue influence on the British monarch, which they
believed would be the case if the monarch was Roman Catholic.
As it stands right now, while a Roman Catholic or spouse of a Roman Catholic is barred from the succession, the descendants of such a person are not
as long as they are Anglican.
There is legislation currently in the works to change this but it has to be passed by the parliaments of all the commonwealth countries, not just
Britain, to take effect.