Queen’s Time Up?

England has been the bulwark of Protestantism for over 600 years from when John Wycliffe took a stand against the Papal corruptions. Much later Henry VIII took a decided stand against the Catholic supremacy and during his reign in the early 1500’s marked the separation of Rome and the Church of England. The reigning monarch from that day has been the head of the Church of England – the head of Protestantism. Queen Elizabeth II now reigning – is still the head of the Church of England in 2014.

But we have a conflict. “Papal supremacy is the doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church that the pope, by reason of his office as Vicar of Christ and as pastor of the entire Christian Church, has full, supreme, and universal power over the whole Church, a power which he can always exercise unhindered:...that, in brief, ‘the Pope enjoys, by divine institution, supreme, full, immediate, and universal power in the care of souls.’” —Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 882,937 (wikipedia.org)

Is there perhaps something more sinister behind this apparently rather innocent article recently published?

Move to End Queen’s Role as Head of Church

“The Queen should lose her constitutional role as head of the Church of England, Nick Clegg has said. In comments that divided the Coalition, the Deputy Prime Minister became the most senior politician of modern times to propose the disestablishment of the Church.”

Britain’s Prime Minister, David Cameron rejected Mr Clegg’s call to disestablish the Church, saying that the proposal was “not a conservative one” and will not be implemented by the Government. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Rev. Justin Welby said Britain was not a Christian country anymore if measured by the attendances at churches. But he went on to say that there was no doubt the country was shaped by and founded on Christianity.

The article continues to verify that the disestablishment of the Church would undo a constitutional settlement that has stood since Henry VIII rejected the authority of the Roman Catholic Church in 1534, and that the Queen holds the title of Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England.

Mr Clegg, an atheist, speaking on his weekly LBC programme, said that Church and State should no longer be ‘bound up’ together in Britain. “In the long run it would be better for the Church and better for people of faith, and better for Anglicans, if the Church and the state were to stand on their own two separate feet.

It seems that Mr Clegg and the Lib Dems have a long-standing commitment to disestablishment, but this is the first time he has publicly backed the cause since entering government in 2010. Mr Clegg believes it is an anomaly for one denomination to have a constitutional role, given Britain is a multi-faith society with almost as many Catholics as Anglicans.

Mr Clegg commented that it should be remembered that one of the greatest Christian values is tolerance, and that we should be open to people of other denominations and faiths, of all faiths and none, and that’s what makes Britain very special. Mr Clegg’s wife is a Catholic and his three children are being raised as Catholics.

Mr Cameron swiftly rejected the comments and said the established Church was central to Britain’s status as a Christian country and didn’t see what Mr Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister has set out. Mr Cameron further said disestablishment was a long term liberal idea but not a conservative one and was happy with the way the country was running. It is interesting that Mr Cameron stated that the country should be unashamedly ‘evangelical’ about its Christian faith.

The article comes to a close stating that disestablishing the Church of England was a central demand of Catholics, liberals and Christian non-conformists in the 19th and 20th centuries. It is also a demand of many atheists.

~The Telegraph, April 30-May 6, 2014