Repeal the Act of Supremacy of 1559

Repealing the Act of Supremacy to return the Church of England to its' proper place in full communion with the Pope and the Catholic Church. The Queen would no longer be the supreme head of a state religion, which is anachronistic in our current age, though she would retain the title 'Defender of the Faith', given as it was by an earlier Pope in recognition of the role of the monarch in protecting Catholic truth. The Act of Supremacy represents an assault on the conscience of every individual, requiring (at the time) all of Her Majesty's religious subjects to acknowledge the head of state as having a power over the Church which belongs properly only to God and to His appointed apostolic vicar the Bishop of Rome. Although religious toleration has been extended in the following 500 years, this assault is still inherent in our country's constitution. All of those religious freedoms for non-Catholics would remain if this one Act was repealed.

The Church of England could, as a whole, take advantage of the invitation offered by Pope Benedict XVI in his encyclical Anglicanorum Coetibus, coming home to the largest Christian Church in the world.

St Thomas More and all English Martyrs, pray for us.

Why is this idea important?

Repealing the Act of Supremacy to return the Church of England to its' proper place in full communion with the Pope and the Catholic Church. The Queen would no longer be the supreme head of a state religion, which is anachronistic in our current age, though she would retain the title 'Defender of the Faith', given as it was by an earlier Pope in recognition of the role of the monarch in protecting Catholic truth. The Act of Supremacy represents an assault on the conscience of every individual, requiring (at the time) all of Her Majesty's religious subjects to acknowledge the head of state as having a power over the Church which belongs properly only to God and to His appointed apostolic vicar the Bishop of Rome. Although religious toleration has been extended in the following 500 years, this assault is still inherent in our country's constitution. All of those religious freedoms for non-Catholics would remain if this one Act was repealed.

The Church of England could, as a whole, take advantage of the invitation offered by Pope Benedict XVI in his encyclical Anglicanorum Coetibus, coming home to the largest Christian Church in the world.

St Thomas More and all English Martyrs, pray for us.

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.  

Bar to Catholics becoming Prime Minister

Not sure if this is correct but I understand it is ie a Catholic cannot become Prime Minister yet a Jew ,Hindu,Muslim & Protestant can – isn't this a gross inconsistancy considering the fact that the Catholic population make up a sizeable proportion of the population,are prepared to lay down their lives for this country etc etc

As a Catholic find this law deeply offensive

Why is this idea important?

Not sure if this is correct but I understand it is ie a Catholic cannot become Prime Minister yet a Jew ,Hindu,Muslim & Protestant can – isn't this a gross inconsistancy considering the fact that the Catholic population make up a sizeable proportion of the population,are prepared to lay down their lives for this country etc etc

As a Catholic find this law deeply offensive

repeal all Church Measures

There appear to be around 50 Church Measures still on the Statute Law database.  Whilst these rules may well be important to those who are part of the Church of England they have no place in the law of the land.

This could be done as part of disestablishing the Church of England would reduce bureaucracy in the British legal system.

Why is this idea important?

There appear to be around 50 Church Measures still on the Statute Law database.  Whilst these rules may well be important to those who are part of the Church of England they have no place in the law of the land.

This could be done as part of disestablishing the Church of England would reduce bureaucracy in the British legal system.

Divorce Church of England from the State

In a multi-cultural society in which we endeavour to treat all people as citizens, and not subjects,it is important that all be treated equally and with respect under the law.  The current system discriminates against non CofE people because of the direct connection between Church and State with the Monarchy being Head of the Church as an integral part of its responsibilities.

The Head of State should be seen as representing the entire population, regardless of faith, and not just those people of CofE faith.

Why is this idea important?

In a multi-cultural society in which we endeavour to treat all people as citizens, and not subjects,it is important that all be treated equally and with respect under the law.  The current system discriminates against non CofE people because of the direct connection between Church and State with the Monarchy being Head of the Church as an integral part of its responsibilities.

The Head of State should be seen as representing the entire population, regardless of faith, and not just those people of CofE faith.

Disestablish the Church of England

All formal ties between the Church of England and the state should be eliminated and set to the same level as that of any other denomination and religion. The government should have no say whatsoever in the affairs of the church or any other denomination or religion, and should not be able to appoint the Archbishop of Canterbury or any other official of the church. Such decisions should be up to the relevant church.

Why is this idea important?

All formal ties between the Church of England and the state should be eliminated and set to the same level as that of any other denomination and religion. The government should have no say whatsoever in the affairs of the church or any other denomination or religion, and should not be able to appoint the Archbishop of Canterbury or any other official of the church. Such decisions should be up to the relevant church.