And the law only forbids Catholics: Prince William could married a Muslim or a Sikh, but not a Catholic. The reality is that these positions of authority are almost completely ceremonial – it’s not as if the Queen is being called upon to settle the issue of female or gay ordination, or even to decide between Anglicanism and Presbyterianism, for example.
If an Anglican can head the (Presbyterian) Church of Scotland, and a Presbyterian can be Prime Minister of the (Anglican) Church of England, then sectarian purity seems to be of a somewhat lower import than defenders of this law would suggest.
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During his 11 years from 1998 to 2009 pastoring at Northside Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he traveled to Fort Benning, Georgia, to be among the thousands protesting what was then called the School of the Americas (SOA).
The Army base was a training site for recruits from Latin American juntas.
Allegedly, the ban on Catholic royals and Prime Ministers was because the Queen (or King) and the Prime Minister are involved in some capacity in the governance of the Church of England, the official state religion.
But this reasoning didn’t bar non-Anglican Gordon Brown from becoming Prime Minister in 2007, after Blair stepped down.
” So if Kate Middleton had been a Catholic, she would have had to convert to Protestantism (or anything besides Catholicism), or the wedding couldn’t have gone forward.
The rule also bars the future monarch himself from being Catholic (sorry, Prince Charles), as well as the Prime Minister.
Booker was on an internship from his studies at the San Francisco Theological Seminary from which he would be ordained in 1995.