Is the British monarch the ‘Defender of the Faith’ or ‘Faiths’?

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LONDON (RNS) As Britain waits for Queen Elizabeth II to appoint a new archbishop of Canterbury, there's renewed attention on her title of "Defender of the Faith." By Trevor Grundy.

  • Fr. Michael Mendl

    There have been two British monarchs since Henry VIII who were not “standard-bearers of Protestantism,” namely his elder daughter Mary I, who was staunchly Catholic; and James II (1685-1688), overthrown by the Glorious Revolution in part because of his Catholicism. Also note the typo: Henry VIII’s son was Edward VI.

  • Romulus

    “The Queen came to the throne at a time when the Church of England was really the only Christian faith in the country,”

    I would like to know what Dr. Carey means by this, given that there were over 1.6 million Catholics in Great Britain when Her Majesty came to the throne.

  • John Stefanyszyn

    It is clear that neither Queen Elizabeth, nor her son, nor the British people take the existence of the One Creator God seriously…but only as a “religion” amongst the belief in the freedom to worship all “gods”.

    But there is Only One Creator, and it is this One Creator that will judge each and every person.

    And there is Only One Christ, the Son of God, who will rule.

    No wonder it is written that many will weep and many will gnash their teeth when their love for the freedom of their self-rights will be put to an end.