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Papal visit brings new call to end ban on Catholics in British monarchy

August 31, 2010

A Scottish politician is rallying support for an effort to repeal the Act of Settlement, which bars Catholics from the British throne. The law, enacted in 1701, stipulates that no monarch “shall profess the Popish religion or shall marry a Papist.”


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  • Posted by: stpetric - Sep. 01, 2010 9:56 AM ET USA

    Bloody well about time!

  • Posted by: Pro Deo et Hibernia - Aug. 31, 2010 9:28 PM ET USA much media attention to defending freedom of religion for atheists who won't recite "under God" in the pledge and yet so little for a blatantly, specifically anti-Catholic law...

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Aug. 31, 2010 5:05 PM ET USA

    Does he explain how the head of the Church of England can be a Catholic?