By Diogenes (articles ) | Feb 11, 2005

The Prince of Wales plans to marry a divorced woman, and the London Times headline about clerical reaction tells the whole story: "Civil Ceremony Wins Approval of Clergy.

Most of the story is of course devoted to statements from Anglican divines, who say what you would expect Anglican leaders to say about a morally difficult situation (especially when it involves the future head of their church). But there's a cameo appearance by the country's leading Catholic prelate:

The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, said: “I know that Catholics will join with me at this time in praying for the Prince of Wales and Mrs. Parker Bowles and in wishing them every happiness.”

And there-- as fat Jack Falstaff might say-- ends his catechism. Nothing to suggest that this couple does not recognize the meaning of Christian marriage. Nothing about the fact that matrimony is a sacrament, which is why the ceremony should be held in a church. Nothing about the fact that one partner to this union is a Catholic, who is already married, and thus the proposed union is adulterous.

We wish them every happiness. In this life, I guess. Their relationship could cause them some serious problems in the next life, but nobody wants to hear that now.

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  • Posted by: - Feb. 13, 2005 8:12 PM ET USA

    I hope no one gives them a silver tray full of chocolates.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Feb. 12, 2005 9:46 PM ET USA

    Great points, Diogenes. And what a successor to the apostles we have there in merry ol' England. Sounds as though the Cardinal just wants everybody to be happy-happy, joy-joy, at the risk of losing souls... With such statemtents from his Eminence, one might just ask: "Is Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor actually in Communion with Rome? or has he joined the ranks of the protestants?"

  • Posted by: - Feb. 12, 2005 3:40 PM ET USA

    The stunning revelation from this news is that, apparently, Camilla Parker Bowles is a Catholic Rottweiller. Don't yell at me; I'm merely repeating what the secular saint Diana has said.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 12, 2005 3:34 PM ET USA

    Don't judge this...Don't judge that... I'm always hearing these words from people who don't know what they mean! There is nothing wrong with proclaiming the truth that the Church has defined what is a sin and what is not, and what state a soul must be in to make it to heaven. If somebody is doing something wrong, we have the OBLIGATION to correct them, just to make sure they know it is wrong. If then they continue, it's their souls! We're not judging them, we're trying to help them.

  • Posted by: Eagle - Feb. 12, 2005 9:59 AM ET USA

    It's always appropriate to defend the sacramental sanctity and indissolubilty of Christian marriage. It's rarely, if ever, appropriate, to take these objective moral truths and then "play God" and judge the state of another person's soul and prospects for eternal salvation. We should do our job, namely, "proclaim the Gospel", and let God do his, namely, be the Ultimate Judge of souls.

  • Posted by: utvideant - Feb. 12, 2005 4:59 AM ET USA

    Diogenes, judge not and you shall be judged!

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Feb. 11, 2005 11:47 PM ET USA

    No Thomas More here. I mean, it's nothing to loose one's head over.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 11, 2005 9:03 PM ET USA

    Hey Uncle Di (no pun) - see "That the Parliament notes the forthcoming marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles; expresses its congratulations to the heir to the throne for finally making an honest man and woman of himself and his bidie-in, and expresses commiserations to the bride-to-be on marrying into a family which has been described as dysfunctional." Sure you do not have family in Scotland?

  • Posted by: - Feb. 11, 2005 7:12 PM ET USA

    What a far cry from the 30s, when the Archb. of Canterbury all but chased Prince of Wales Edward right out of the country ! Is the present-day religious sappiness of the "established church" seeping ever more into the Catholic Church in England, once dignified by martyrs defending Christian marriage ? Let's pray for a "tough" new Pope to straighten out the messed up Church, both there and here in USA, not to mention many another place !

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Feb. 11, 2005 7:01 PM ET USA

    What's the big deal about the future Defender of the Faith marrying a divorced woman? The Faith was, after all, founded because of his ancestor's wish to re-marry. And re-marry. And re-marry.... A church that swallows sodomite "bishops" should have no problem with a little thing like a divorce. As to Cardinal M-O'C...he hasn't learned that the fact that a question is asked doesn't mean you have to answer it.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 11, 2005 2:42 PM ET USA

    Camilla isn't a Catholic; she's married to one. If she were a Catholic, Charles would have to renounce the throne, as the Act of Settlement excludes all those who "marry a papist or embrace popery." They can't even marry LAPSED "papists". The Earl of St Andrews is excluded from the line because he married a "papist". The said papist was a divorced, lapsed Catholic, and as far as I know, they had lived together first. Nothing wrong with marrying an adulterous wife of a paptist, though!

  • Posted by: - Feb. 11, 2005 12:56 PM ET USA

    No need for global warming and rising sea levels to overwash Great Britain. It is sliding quickly into an obscurity controlled by louts and governed by effete nitwits. An observable Atlantis protruding off the coast of Eurarabia.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 11, 2005 12:50 PM ET USA

    These are some of the reasons why my sons ask me why I continue with the Church!!

  • Posted by: - Feb. 11, 2005 11:51 AM ET USA

    Well, we didn’t hear a word of protest from American bishops about (allegedly Catholic) John Kerry’s adulterous marriage to the ketchup queen, so why should we expect British bishops to criticize a fellow who might one day be their boss?

  • Posted by: - Feb. 11, 2005 11:00 AM ET USA

    Will the gates of hell prevail in the face of such dithering by a prince of the Church? One is tempted to fear a collapse caused by internal rot. Fortunately, the Lord assures us that this will not occur.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 11, 2005 10:40 AM ET USA

    Camilla Parker-Bowles is Catholic? Who knew...