Queen and Faith
As I understand it the queen of England is the upholder of the Christian faith, and I believe that Charles wants to be the upholder of all faiths if he gets a chance at being king, does the church have the authority to prevent Charles from upholding all faiths or do they have to abide to his requests?
Now, this is a matter of the British Constitution, which, you may know, does not exist in a single written form, but is formed from all the protocols and governmental decisions made over the years of our existence.
I would be happy for those who know better to correct me, but the following is my understanding.
The Established Church (The “Church of England”) is ultimately the Master of its own destiny. It holds its position as part of the British Nation by an agreement between it and the Nation’s governments, now and in the past. It is free to revoke that agreement, and the Government too, could put an end to it if the Nation wished.
The Monarchy exists as part of the Constitution. But Constitution declares that the Monarch rules by the design and permission of God, not just of their own will. This attitude comes from the Bible – Romans 13 1, and 1 Tim 2 1.
Thus, since the Monarch rules by God’s desire and permission, and the Church of England is established as the part of the British Constitution, then its representative to the Monarch, the Archbishop of Canterbury, can say what God’s will and desire is, and the Monarch has to sit up and listen if this happy balance of power is to be maintained.
So, IF Charles really continues to insist on changing the current Constitutional role of the Monarch to being the upholder of other faiths, (and I think it is by no means certain he will continue to insist this) the Church of England will have to decide if they can put up with that.
IF they then decide they can’t, the Archbishop of Canterbury will convey that to Charles. If neither will back down, a Constitutional Crisis will occur, which will probably be resolved by the government of the day with the following options:
Either Charles backs down on his demand, or he steps down as Monarch, or the Church plays no role in his coronation. This last would make his coronation illegitimate under the present constitution, so the constitution would have to be amended to reduce the church’s role in the appointment of the Monarch.
This would almost certainly lead to the Dis-establishment of the Church of England, which would then lose its favoured position in the Constitution, and take up the same role as all the other denominations in Britain.
So – let me ask a question of all of you for a change (post your answers on here by clicking “reply” in this box) – would that be a good thing or a bad thing?