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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