February 25, 2011

Bishop opposes change to Act of Settlement


by Jan Harris

On its website, the National Secular Society, highlights a comment made by Bishop of Manchester, Nigel McCulloch, in diocesan magazine Crux.

In the magazine the Bishop expressed his concern that changing the 1701 Act could lead to the disestablishment of the Church of England.

The law bans Catholics or anyone married to a Catholic from becoming monarch.

The Bishop’s concerns centre around the Roman Catholic Church’s refusal to recognise the orders of the Church of England.

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, abandoned plans to reform the Act of Succession last summer, leading to him being accused of discrimination against Catholics.

When the Act was passed, it was designed to stop Stuart Catholics returning to the throne and ruled that the monarch must swear to uphold the Church of England.

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