The Scandal of No Scandal

Peter Phillips is 11th in the line of succession to the British throne. He was on the verge of losing his place in less than three weeks. He was planning to marry a Roman Catholic. He could marry a Buddhist or a Muslim or even a Baptist and keep his place. It’s only Catholics that pose a problem.

He will now remain in the succession. He’s still getting married to the same person. His intended, Autumn Kelly, has conveniently converted to Anglicanism. She has been receiving instruction from the Dean of Windsor and was confirmed in the C of E. None of the news articles indicate which bishop confirmed her.

This has raised hackles on various sides of the argument. Reading the comments on the various online newspaper articles, some people are outraged that she would have to leave her faith for him to keep his place. Others ostracise her for giving in. Some think he is being selfish for making her leave the Catholic Church rather than giving up his place.

I really don’t see what all the kerfuffle is about. News articles all say they don’t know whether she was a practicing Catholic. If they would read their own articles they would realise that she wasn’t. She has been living with Peter for a long time without the benefit of marriage. They have a flat in London and a cottage in Gloucestershire.  They live in open fornication.

The question I have is why she was confimed in the Church of England in the midst of what should be scandal. Sadly, this says a lot about the C of E.

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10 Responses to “The Scandal of No Scandal”

  1. Mary Says:

    I wonder if she slept through Engish History classes. I wonder if she knows how many Roman Catholics and Protestants were martyred for their faith over that conversion she just so lightly made.

  2. sol Says:

    She would have to sleep through them. I don’t know what is in the Canadian curriculum, but it certainly isn’t covered over here, even though most kids do Tudor/Stuart in Year 8. The period is rarely studied at GCSE and is not partlucularly popular at A Level.

  3. John of Indiana Says:

    Could a Royal marry someone who is un-churched and keep all the perks, or would they have to become Anglican?

  4. sol Says:

    Unchurched is just fine. Catholic is not.

  5. Mary Says:

    I think we learned at least that much English History in World History class in Junior High School (my undying thanks to Miss Hedge of blessed memory.) Admittedly, it was centuries ago that I attended. Skul shur antt whut it uzdt b.

  6. Mary Says:

    Ahhh yes…but that would be in the US…not Canada.

  7. Steve Says:

    I think the C of E falls midway beween the Church of Wales and the Episcopal Church of the USA.

    In the former a bishop whose marriage broke down (or up) resigned. The latter made a man a bishop after his marriage broke down (or up) and he shacked up with a bloke.

    Perhaps that id the famous via media.

  8. John of Indiana Says:

    They’ve never gotten over Henry Tudor’s “little problem” with the Holy See, have they?

  9. sol Says:

    Though there was trouble with the Tudors, it is the Stuarts that are the problem. Charles I was married to a Catholic. Some blamed this as a cause of the Civil War, because his move toward Catholicism was one of the great problems between him and Parlament. James II was also married to a Catholic. James then converted. James’ Catholicism led to the Glorious Revolution in 1688. The Act of Settlement of 1701 really comes out of those circumstances.

  10. Margot Says:

    the whole thing is a farce. I don’t see them being married for very long and not because of religion. I doubt that either of them have any knowledge of or even feeling for any religion. Let me know if there are any church-sightings of Autumn and Peter. Don’t put book on it.


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