Naive[?] Cardinal Applauds British Royals’ Second Marriage

Naive[?] Cardinal Applauds British Royals’ Second Marriage

[Is she or isn’t she … Catholic (because of her Catholic education), Jewish (because of her previous marriage to a Jew and possibly taking his faith) or “none” (because of possibly not being baptized)?]

Prince Harry will wed the divorcee Meghan Markle in spring 2018. It is unclear which religion Markle professes. Some claim that she is Catholic because she was educated in a Catholic School. Others write that she is Jewish because she was briefly married to the Jewish TV producer Trevor Engelson in 2011. The journalist Marlene Eilers Koenig learned from Markle’s half-sister that she was not baptized. It is clear that her first marriage was not indissoluble [i.e., under the Pauline or Petrine privilege, depending on whether or not she was baptized; under the former if she was not, although when the “unbelieving partner” (cf. 1 Corinthians 7) wishes to become (i.e., be baptized) a Catholic – not an Anglican; under the latter if she was baptized, but in such cases the privilege is granted by the Pope – not the Archbishop of Canterbury].

Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster congratulated Prince Harry and Markle on twitter: “We pray for their happiness as they prepare to make their life-long commitment to marriage.”

The African Pro-Lifer Obianuju Ekeocha was more realistic: “I believe Trevor Engelson- 1st husband of Meghan- will disagree with the ‘life-long’ part.”

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2 comments on “Naive[?] Cardinal Applauds British Royals’ Second Marriage

  1. Harry and Meghan’s wedding is hiding a horrible truth for Catholics

    Niall O’Dowd December 01, 2017

    Why Meghan Markle will be baptized and confirmed within the Church of England before she ties the knot with Harry.

    Behind all the glitz and glamour of the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle engagement lies an inconvenient truth.

    You can be Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist or atheist and become king or queen of England. You just can’t be Catholic.

    Which is why any non-Catholic is ahead of the highest ranking royal Catholic, Lord Nicholas Windsor, the youngest son of the Duke and Duchess of Kent and a great grandson of George V and who converted to Catholicism in 2001, when it comes to being monarch.

    Under the terms of the 1701 Act of Settlement, Catholics are banned from succession to the throne.

    Until 2013 you could not marry a Catholic either if you were first in line to the throne. Some old-fashioned religious prejudice is at the heart of the Royal family.

    If by some terrible accident, Kate and William and their soon-to-be three kids were killed, Harry would be first in line. But if Meghan were a Catholic (and she was educated in a Catholic school) she could never become the queen.

    If Harry decided to become a Catholic, he would have to give up his crown.

    The Act of Settlement of 1701 was designed to secure the Protestant succession to the British throne.

    The act was finally altered in 2013 to allow the future king to marry a Catholic, but he cannot become one himself – nor could his first born.

    It is a remarkable piece of discrimination that has lasted centuries and was originally brought in after Henry VIII dumped the Catholic Church to create his own.

    Henry VIII famously established his church on the basis of his need to to have a male heir. He clashed with a non-compliant Catholic Church on the issue of divorcing his many wives.

    While there have been Catholic English monarchs since Henry VIII, since his split with the Holy See, their reign as a Catholic has been in conflict with their role as the Supreme Head of the Church of England.

    Which really makes England a theocracy more than a monarchy in some ways.

    It is still a country where its people are often called subjects, not citizens.

    And while the massive PR offensive behind the latest royal betrothal is in full flow, the reality is that an ugly piece of discrimination is still on the books.

    Which is outright religious discrimination.

    You won’t hear much about that on the wedding day amid the fawning functionaries. But they might as well hang a sign over Buckingham Palace stating “No Papists Here.”

    According to an extensive profile by the Daily Mail, Markle did attend a Catholic school as a child, but – fortunately for her in this specific case – she comes from Protestant and Episcopalian families.

    She will, however, have to be baptized and confirmed within the Church of England before she weds Prince Harry in May.

  2. From the little I’ve read about this, Meghan’s birth name is actually Rachel. She was protestant, but attended a Catholic high school. She was shacked up with Trevor for seven years before they wed in a Jewish ceremony. Two years later they divorced.
    Prince Henry Charles Albert David wanted to marry someone who was a public persona so they’d be able to deal with the media and such things.
    He also thought Miss Markle was cute two years before they met.
    She is accused of being a social climber and believes whatever she needs to to get what she wants.
    She’ll be baptized into the CoE with whatever ceremony currently floats the boat with their fake ministers as they don’t necessarily use Father, Son, Holy Ghost when performing the ceremony. She also gets confirmed and UK citizenship.
    They will marry on May 19, 2018. Until then, they are shacked up together at Kensington Palace next door to Prince William and his family.
    I can’t see why a Catholic cardinal would be happy with any of this. Then you add in the anti-Catholic aspect…much like the U.S. (unless you’re a CINO).

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