MPs criticise succession change24 January 2013
Catholic MPs have criticised the Government's planned changes to succession laws that will allow a future monarch to marry a Catholic. Under the plans a future king or queen married to a Catholic will need to bring up their first-born child as an Anglican, given the monarch's position as supreme governor of the Church of England.
Jacob Rees-Mogg, Conservative MP for North East Somerset, said such a move was an "attack" on Church teaching given that Canon Law says a Catholic marrying a non-Catholic must make a commitment to bring up their children in the faith. Northern Irish MP Mark Durkan, of the SDLP, said the bill keeps "sectarian language" on the statute book by not removing obstacles for Catholics to succeed to the throne.
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