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God save Kate Middleton! Unless she's Catholic, because that would complicate things

Tea bags in the image of Kate Middleton and Prince William Here comes the bride! Here comes Kate Middleton, scrubbed clean of every last remnant of her commoner days, hair gleaming like the Crown Jewels, her diamond-and-sapphire engagement ring shining like a smile from good Queen Bess herself. Bring on the horse-drawn carriages! Bring on the mega-fruitcake!

Bring on the -- discrimination?

From a Reuters story that popped 'round earlier this week: "British law forbids a Catholic, or anyone married to a Catholic, from taking the throne."

That rather ugly nugget came at the end of an item revealing that Middleton has undergone confirmation into the Anglican Church, otherwise known as the official religion of the country of Great Britain.

And oh, there's also this: "As second in line to the throne, William is set to become supreme head of the Church of England when he becomes monarch."

That's right: The wearer of the British crown is also, still, to this day, considered the top religious authority in the country. Nominally, of course. But also quite officially.

And one more thing: Let's flash forward to a few years from now. Let's say Kate and Will have a baby girl. We'll call her Margaret, because, let's face it, it's either Margaret, Anne or Elizabeth. Anyway, let's imagine Margaret is followed by another tot -- say, James.

Guess which child gets to jump to the head of the succession line.

Yeah. It ain't Maggie. To this day, British rules of succession discriminate on who gets the crown and scepter -- based on gender.

Religious discrimination and misogyny: Not exactly American values. At least, not the kind we like to openly celebrate.

And yet we just cannot show enough love for this wedding and the people throwing it. Disney, in honor of the royal nuptials, is giving away a fairy-tale wedding a la the Windsors. American bars will be open all night, pouring drinks dedicated to the event. And Times Square -- you know, the one in New York -- will be lit up with live imagery of the big day.

The Ministry will be watching too, because, well, who are we kidding? But we just may refrain from raising a Pimm's Cup. At least until little Margaret gets her fair shot at the throne.

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Photo: Though Catholicism may not be the royal family's cup of tea, Kate Middleton and Prince William just might be. Yes, these are commemorative tea bags. Credit: Suzanne Plunkett / Reuters

 
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Personally I like having a nominal Head of the Church of England and it being the King or Queen of England. It accords more with the philosophy of the Church of England which places an emphasis on freedom of conscience. Long may it continue. Change also happens slowly. In regards to the gender and succession issue I'd make the point that the Catholic Church doesn't seem in a hurry to change it's stance on ordaining women priests, in fact the Pope's last stance on the subject was that not only was this issue not allowed to happen, it apparently wasn't allowed to be discussed either.

Golly, where have you (and Reuters) been? Henry VIII broke from the Catholic Church because it wouldn't grant him a divorce from his first wife (who was damn lucky to keep her head), and established the Church of England, which - surprise! - granted him the divorce. His daughter, Queen "Bloody" Mary, who was more Catholic than the Pope, set out to wipe out every Protestant off the map. It was Henry's other daughter, Queen Elizabeth I, who allowed Catholics and Protestants to live in (semi)-perfect harmony. Under the Act of Union 1800, those who are not legitimate descendants of Sophia, Electress of Hanover, who have ever been Roman Catholic, or who have married a Roman Catholic, are disbarred from succeeding to the Crown.

OH please.There are real issues in the world to get your thong in a wad. anyone who has passed a European history class- and remembers the answers was aware of your "gossip". Where is the real gossip you should be propigating? What about us- the Americans?give us more juice about CZJ and her mental illness. Why weren't we aware of it sooner? And does it explain reports of diva behavior in the past? Get to it!

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Middleton has undergone confirmation into the Anglican Church, otherwise known as the official religion of the country of Great Britain."
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And oh, there's also this: "As second in line to the throne, William is set to become supreme head of the Church of England when he becomes monarch."

That's right: The wearer of the British crown is also, still, to this day, considered the top religious authority in the country. Nominally, of course. But also quite officially.
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Yes. Just like the Queen can declare war, and refuse to sign legislation. The monarch does a lot of nominal things.

Legally, of course, Catherine Middleton can be a Baptist, Methodist, Unitarian, Mormon, Seventh Day Adventist, Lutheran, Sunni, Shia, Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, Shinto follower, Rosicrucian and any other damn thing she fancies - except a Roman Catholic. The ban on Catholics isn't pretty, of course, but if William converted, then we'd change the law.

Responses to other responders:
Catherine: there is no such thing these days as the King or Queen of England, although people often use the title (but not to her face!). England is not an independent country. Elizabeth II is Queen of the UK (and other places)..

Lisa: Mary I ("Bloody Mary") did not try to wipe every Protestant from the map. She burned some Protestants, but not all. And Elizabeth I most certainly did not allow Protestants and Roman Catholics to live in Semi-Prefect harmony. Catholics were severely discriminated against by her - especially after the Pople excommunicated her and said that all good Catholics should try and kill her. And rules were in force for almost 100 years before the 1800 Act of Union

What about a Catholic getting a shot at the Throne.
Sums up the UK they shout about Gaddafi discriminating in his country but what about the Monarchy here.
I'm British (ashamed) but Me or my Kin can't take the throne?
Racism, sexism, sectarianism rolled into one yes thats the "British" English royal family for U.

@s -- May I make a suggestion? Get rid of those welfare queens you Brits insist on calling a Royal Family once and for all! No more discrimination against Catholics or anyone else!

Not exactly American values?

Indeed.

The entire concept of the Royal Family is not an American value is it? Oh, I get it. Who wouldn't be fascinated with the world's oldest and most famous reality show family? They are quite entertaining in that regard. Obviously the United States is a Republic and as such a person who inherits the title head of state is decidedly a big no no.

I don't mean that we shouldn't enjoy the show. Why not? We don't pay for it and don't have to deal with the the heady discussion as to ultimate uselessness or effectiveness of the entire institution, do we? Sit back. Relax. Feel free to wonder who Kate's wedding dress will be designed by without fear of a constitutional crisis.

Oh please!

You Yanks don't allow anyone who is not at least 35 years old (age discrimination), and a "natural born citizen" (place-of-origin discrimination) to be the head of your country.

(Plus, the Brits had their first woman Head of State hundreds of years ago. You?)

British Monarchy is racist and prejudiced as shown by the anti-Catholic law. Why are we supporting this? Especially in today's poor economy and budget crunch. This is going back in history to feudalism. A step backwards!

Royalty is on it's way out. In hundred years, they will be vanquished by the tide of history and confined to it's rubbish bin.

There are historic reasons for why no Catholics on the throne. The reigning monarch is also considered the "defender of the faith" for the Church of England (Episcopal in the USA). The reasons why there is a church of England was because King Henry VIII couldn't get a divorce from Catherine of Aragon. So the RCC and Anglican churches have been at odds ever since then. Not saying it's right, but that's how it was. Thing is exceptions can and often are made...and one can convert. Prince Phillip was Greek Orthodox but converted to marry the Queen.

Not American values? Who cares? Britain isn't part of america nor will it ever be.
I'm a practicing Catholic and am truly not offended by this seems alot of fuss over not very much, we're all Christian and believe in the same God.
The whole next in line to the throne problem is being looked at it just hasnt come up in recent years even you Americans can't say you've been completely fair to women in the past can you?
Scoff all you like but this wedding brought a nation together.


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