Tuesday, January 29, 2013

House of Commons Passes Bill Allowing Royals to Marry Catholics

In Britain yesterday, the House of Commons completed its action on the Succession to the Crown Bill. Now that Commons passed the bill on its third reading, it goes to the House of Lords for debate and vote. Among other things, the bill removes the disqualification from succession to the Crown of a royal heir who has married a Roman Catholic. The bill also eliminates consideration of gender in determining the order of succession to the throne, and limits to the 6 people in line for the throne the requirement of royal consent to their marriage. CBC News reported yesterday that Prince Charles is concerned about the impact of the bill on the relationship of the Crown to the Church of England. However the Church of England does not oppose the bill.