Repeal 1701 Act of Settlement that explicitly discriminates against Roman Catholics

Given the on-going debate in parliament – some of it ushered in via private members bills and the alike – of repealing discriminatory clauses extant in the 1701 Act of Settlement against Roman Catholics, it would be opportune to tackle this issue head-on and secure bi-partisan support for its repeal. In the context of civil liberties and the Human Rights Act, it is counter-progressive to allow such an archaic and discriminatory provision to remain on the statute books. Furthermore, past inertia on the issue needs to be changed and swift action taken to repeal a provision that is of concern for some Catholics in the United Kingdom who are, in this legal context, regarded as second class citizen. Repeal of this unnecessary and potentially internationally embarrassing Act in view of the upcoming Papal visit, would ensure consistency in the Government’s commitment to Human Rights for all its citizens, an essential prerequisite in a modern, pluralist society.  

Why is this idea important?

Given the on-going debate in parliament – some of it ushered in via private members bills and the alike – of repealing discriminatory clauses extant in the 1701 Act of Settlement against Roman Catholics, it would be opportune to tackle this issue head-on and secure bi-partisan support for its repeal. In the context of civil liberties and the Human Rights Act, it is counter-progressive to allow such an archaic and discriminatory provision to remain on the statute books. Furthermore, past inertia on the issue needs to be changed and swift action taken to repeal a provision that is of concern for some Catholics in the United Kingdom who are, in this legal context, regarded as second class citizen. Repeal of this unnecessary and potentially internationally embarrassing Act in view of the upcoming Papal visit, would ensure consistency in the Government’s commitment to Human Rights for all its citizens, an essential prerequisite in a modern, pluralist society.  

Repeal Anti-Papal Act

Contained in the Statute Book is the Papal Jurisdiction Act 1560. ( http://www.statutelaw.gov.uk/content.aspx?activeTextDocId=1519038 )

The Act explains that should any Scotsman become Bishop of Rome then he would be automatically banished from Scotland and any public office or titles he held would be removed from him. 

I have contacted the Statute Office, and my former local MP (Willie Rennie) in relation to this act and both have concluded it is still enforce, and nothing can be done about it. This act must be repealed in respect of the rights of Britain's Catholic citizens.

Why is this idea important?

Contained in the Statute Book is the Papal Jurisdiction Act 1560. ( http://www.statutelaw.gov.uk/content.aspx?activeTextDocId=1519038 )

The Act explains that should any Scotsman become Bishop of Rome then he would be automatically banished from Scotland and any public office or titles he held would be removed from him. 

I have contacted the Statute Office, and my former local MP (Willie Rennie) in relation to this act and both have concluded it is still enforce, and nothing can be done about it. This act must be repealed in respect of the rights of Britain's Catholic citizens.

stop the persecution of Catholics.

Various laws old and new are designed to make being a Catholic a crininal offence.  A catholic cannot be the monarch of this country.  The Catholic Church is discriminated against in equality laws that make some people or groups more equal then others.

Why is this idea important?

Various laws old and new are designed to make being a Catholic a crininal offence.  A catholic cannot be the monarch of this country.  The Catholic Church is discriminated against in equality laws that make some people or groups more equal then others.

Restore the Catholic adoption agencies and allow them to follow their Catholic Christian conscience when finding suitable families for children.

The Labour Cabinet decision not to allow Catholic adoption agencies to follow their conscience when placing children with suitable families was based on a secularised idea of equality. This subsequently forced these agencies to close to protect the integrity of Catholic identity and conscience. Before the new gay rights laws came into force, very aggressively, Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor said: "We believe it would be unreasonable, unnecessary and unjust discrimination against Catholics for the government to insist that if they wish to continue to work with local authorities, Catholic adoption agencies must act against the teaching of the Church and their own consciences." The Catholic Church does not hold homophobic ideas in its teaching, this is erroneous idea in an attempt by a secular based ideology to undermine the ethical teachings of the Catholic Church on the family in order to further its atheist/secular ideology. The issue is about freedom of conscience and a firm ethical underpinning that cannot be swayed by passing ideologies. The Catholic Church has a huge amount to offer British society but it will only do so where a freedom of its teachings and ethics are respected and protected by the Government. The Catholic adoption agencies should be welcomed back into the life of British society as a sign of the acceptence of the Catholic Church in the public life of Britain and a sign of an ideology free equality that we all seek.

Why is this idea important?

The Labour Cabinet decision not to allow Catholic adoption agencies to follow their conscience when placing children with suitable families was based on a secularised idea of equality. This subsequently forced these agencies to close to protect the integrity of Catholic identity and conscience. Before the new gay rights laws came into force, very aggressively, Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor said: "We believe it would be unreasonable, unnecessary and unjust discrimination against Catholics for the government to insist that if they wish to continue to work with local authorities, Catholic adoption agencies must act against the teaching of the Church and their own consciences." The Catholic Church does not hold homophobic ideas in its teaching, this is erroneous idea in an attempt by a secular based ideology to undermine the ethical teachings of the Catholic Church on the family in order to further its atheist/secular ideology. The issue is about freedom of conscience and a firm ethical underpinning that cannot be swayed by passing ideologies. The Catholic Church has a huge amount to offer British society but it will only do so where a freedom of its teachings and ethics are respected and protected by the Government. The Catholic adoption agencies should be welcomed back into the life of British society as a sign of the acceptence of the Catholic Church in the public life of Britain and a sign of an ideology free equality that we all seek.