Wel­come for plans to al­low women to suc­ceed

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THE BISHOP of Worces­ter has wel­comed the Gover nment’s move to give women the same right to suc­ceed to the throne as men.

Bishop John Inge also wel­comed the r emoval of the re­stric­tion on a fu­ture monarch marr ying a Catholic.

“The vast ma­jor­ity of peo­ple would surely agree that male pri­mo­gen­i­ture i s not appr opri­ate and it is right that this should be changed,” he said dur­ing sec­ond read­ing of the Suc­ces­sion to the Crown Bill in the House of Lords.

“The Bill marks a nec­es­sar y stage in the evo­lu­tion of the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the monar­chy and the peo­ple of this countr y.

“Such evo­lu­tion has helped to en­sure that the monar­chy has been sus­tained in the af­fec­tions of the peo­ple of this na­tion. We are all de­lighted about the im­pend­ing birth of a child to the Duchess of Cam­bridge, and it is timely that this change should take place now.”

Bishop Inge said the r emoval of the pro­hi­bi­tion on marr ying a Ro­man Catholic and r emain­ing in the line of suc­ces­sion to the throne would not “un­der­mine or r eplace the re­quire­ment that the sov­er­eign join in com­mu­nion with the Church of Eng­land or threaten the es­tab­lish­ment of the Church of Eng­land”.

He said the Ar chbishop of West­min­ster, V in­cent Ni­chols, had stated pub­licly that he val­ued and recog­nised “the im­por­tance of the po­si­tion of the es­tab­lished church in pro­tect­ing and fos­ter­ing faith in our so­ci­ety to­day”.

Bishop Inge added: “The r ela­tion­ship be­tween the Church of Eng­land and the Ro­man Catholic Chur ch, as has been pointed out in your Lor dships’ Cham­ber, has changed dras­ti­cally, I am pleased to say, since the 15th and 16th cen­turies, but it is worth not­ing that there has been a sea change in ec­u­meni­cal re­la­tions be­tween the two Chur ches in re­cent years, as ev­i­denced by the warmth of the r ela­tion­ship be­tween Pope Bene­dict and the former most r ev­erend Pri­mate the Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bur y, Rowan Wi lliams, a warmth that I would say ex­tends over the r ealm.”

How­ever some peers, in­clud­ing for mer Lor d Cham­ber­lain Lord Luce, who led the com­mis­sion that chose the new Ar chbishop of Can­ter­bur y, called for a writ­ten as­sur­ance fr om the Catholic Church that in cases of a “mixed” mar riage they would ac­cept an heir to the thr one be­ing br ought up as an Angli­can.

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