Joseph B asked in Society & CultureRoyalty · 1 month ago

Why are those who marry papists now eligible to inherit the British throne?

Under the Succession to the Crown Act 2013, a member of the royal family who marries a papist is no longer disqualified from the succession to the throne. Has the British government forgotten that a papist who marries a Protestant is required to promise that he or she will do all he or she can to ensure that any children are raised in the popish religion? Unless the Protestant who marries the papist is disqualified from the succession, this means that the Pope will control England in only one generation.

7 Answers

  • Edna
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The heir to the Throne (or even a Queen or a King) can marry a Catholic. but the Catholic must agree that any children they might have will be baptized and raised in the Anglican Church, and the Anglican must agree to remain Anglican. He or she cannot convert to the Catholic faith.


    The reigning Monarch MUST be Anglican, regardless of what his or her partner's faith happens to be. A Catholic cannot inherit the Throne.

    The Monarch is the head of the Anglican Church (The Church of England) and Defender of the Faith. During the Coronation Ceremony, the Monarch takes a vow to follow the Anglican Church for all the days of his or her life, and to uphold and abide by its teachings.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Because most people aren't idiotic bigots like you. Times change; no one is worried about the Pope 'taking over' because it will never happen.

    Oh, and to educate you--the monarch rules the United Kingdom, all of Great Britain plus Northern Ireland, NOT just 'England'--in fact there has not been a King or Queen of England for hundreds of years; the title does not exist.

  • Clo
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Religious bigotry is not wise--based on ignorance.

    Although some of the law was changed, the monarch still has to be Anglican,and promise to uphold the Protestant succession.

    Ignorant people who have no idea about Catholicism call Catholics "papists," totally unaware that not all people think alike. The pope may head the Church, but educated Catholics know that he is not God, not the belief, the religion.

  • Rico
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    The times, they have changed

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  • 1 month ago

    As the Monarch becomes the 'Defender of the Faith' (Charles has said he prefers to drop 'the'), clearly as the UK is a Protestant country, that means he/she has to be Protestant. It matters not if the heir to the throne marries a Roman Catholic as long as they don't become RC. And that means their children too as they'd be in a direct line to the UK throne.

  • 1 month ago

    The law allows people married to Catholics to inherit the throne, changing the 1701 Act of Settlement which forbade such unions. It does not allow a Catholic to become the monarch. If the children of the monarch were Catholics, they would be excluded from the line of succession.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Because the law was changed in 2013 to allow this to happen and affects everyone in the succession no matter how remote they are from the throne. If the children of such a union are raised as Roman Catholics they will lose their place in the succession. The Act of Settlement still requires the monarch to be a 'Protestant' (which is to say Church of England).

    • ?
      Lv 5
      1 month agoReport

      Yes. This is the term used in the Act of Settlement of 1700 which conferred succession on Princess Sophia, Electress of Hanover .... and the Heirs of her Body, being Protestants.

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