It peeved me that some Filipino broadcast journalist kept on referring to William as the "Crown Prince". He is not even though he is second in line to the throne. His father, Prince Charles, is. Why it peeved me? Remember that most of these broadcast journalists are a bunch of know it all especially that one with a nasty cauliflower on his face who keeps on fumbling and mumbling his news copy.
Putting that aside...
Did you know that, the British Monarchy, most especially on matters governing the accession to the throne are ruled by the Act of Settlement of 1701.
Here is one provision of the Act that is of most interest to us Catholics:
The Persons inheritable by this Act, holding Communion with the Church of Rome, incapacitated as by the former Act; to take the Oath at their Coronation, according to Stat. 1 W. &; M. c. 6.
Provided always and it is hereby enacted That all and every Person and Persons who shall or may take or inherit the said Crown by vertue of the Limitation of this present Act and is are or shall be reconciled to or shall hold Communion with the See or Church of Rome or shall profess the Popish Religion or shall marry a Papist shall be subject to such Incapacities as in such Case or Cases are by the said recited Act provided enacted and established And that every King and Queen of this Realm who shall come to and succeed in the Imperiall Crown of this Kingdom by vertue of this Act shall have the Coronation Oath administred to him her or them at their respective Coronations according to the Act of Parliament made in the First Year of the Reign of His Majesty and the said late Queen Mary intituled An Act for establishing the Coronation Oath and shall make subscribe and repeat the Declaration in the Act first above recited mentioned or referred to in the Manner and Form thereby prescribed
In simple English...
Those who are Roman Catholic, and those who married a Roman Catholic, were barred from ascending the throne "for ever".
Other provisions of the Act also mentions that the monarch "must join the Church of England." This means a believer of another religion, other than Roman Catholicism can ascend the throne but must convert to Anglicanism later.
And this provision applies to any member of the royal family who is in succession line.
You can read the interesting article about the Act of Settlement here.
As I have mentioned before...
It is unthinkable to be against blacks, homosexuals, Jews, Muslims...
But all is ok if you are prejudiced towards Catholics.
You won't be called "bigot, racial and all that jazz!"
Now you know folks what the early Roman Christians felt.