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Coronation of Charles III in the sign of the ecumenism of Rome

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The official enthronement of King Charles III. on May 6th, 2023 is clearly marked by the ecumenism promoted by Rome. With a look at various details in the past of England, the Commonwealth and the Papacy, the once “eternal heir to the throne” is likely to cause some surprises in the future.

Ecumenism is clearly evident

With the official coronation of the former “eternal prince” and now King Charles III. A new ecumenical wind is blowing during the enthronement ceremony. For the first time, bishops from the Roman Catholic Church will be present during the celebrations. This overseer of Rome is not only entitled to a passive spectator role, but Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Archbishop of Westminster is, according to the protocol (page 20) of the Anglican Church about the newly crowned Charles III. pronounce a blessing. This, although Charles III. will solemnly swear in his oath that he is a faithful Protestant (protocol, page 6). Before that, the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Thyateira & Great Britain, Nikitas Loulias, speaks with the same resident.

Charles III is now defender of all faiths

Buckingham Palace
The residence of Charles III. – Buckingham Palace in London, Westminster

The presence of representatives of other faiths was a wish of Charles III. This also fitted in with his reign as king at another novelty. The previous kings and queens were “Defender of THE faith”. With Charles III, this title or function changed a bit.

While Charles III is still the head of the Anglican Church, his will to defend is broader now. The new king is now “Defender of faith”, in terms of any belief. He thus no longer exclusively defends the once Protestant faith of the Anglican Church, but more or less the right to be allowed to believe (anything). A logical consequence of the ecumenism driven by Rome. The archbishop of Canterbury who traditionally performs the coronation still calls himself “Defender of THE faith”. However, he performs the “Eucharistic Prayer” and thus also moves miles away from the original Protestantism.

The Anglican Church has long been Roman again

The Anglican Church has long been an extension of Rome. The Reformation in England began with William Tyndale in Oxford and it was also in Oxford that the end of Protestantism began. John Henry Newman (February 21, 1801 to August 11, 1890) was responsible for the creeping infiltration of the Anglican Church of Rome. While still a minister of the Protestant Church in England, Newman “got over” the idea of ​​gradually returning Catholic paraphernalia to the churches. In addition to pictures and figures, this also included an altar. In 1845 Newman converted to the Catholic Church, only to be made cardinal deacon by Pope Leo XIII in 1879. What a career.

Newman a servant of Rome

With his activities, also known as the so-called Oxford Movement, the later Cardinal Newman seems to have rendered such a valuable service to the Church of Rome that his beatification was the wish of numerous Catholics shortly after his death. In 1991, Pope John Paul II proclaimed Newman a “Venerable Servant of God.” On August 11, 2008, Cardinal Newman’s remains were to be exhumed to be placed in a sarcophagus at Birmingham’s Oratorian Church. However, the coffin contained only clothing, but no human remains. Pope Benedict XVI recognized this circumstance as an official miracle. In September 2010, Benedict declared Cardinal Newman beatified.

England returned to possessions of Rome

The “homecoming” of the Anglican Church to Rome was virtually sealed on 28. May 1982. On this day, John Paul II, the first pope in history, stepped onto the soil of England and kissed it right away. Not exactly a sign of deep love, but a clear signal of ownership. This claim had been in effect since 1215. An unfortunate interaction between King John I and Pope Innocent III. The upheld “Magna Carta of human rights” still had a proper “sideshow”, which, however, tends to be kept under the carpet. Pope Innocent III bullied all agreements between King John I and his dukes. At the same time, the Pope asserted the treaty between himself and John I. The king signed this contract beforehand in the house of the Templars in the presence of 12 Templar knights. This treaty stipulated the assignment of all royal claims, including all possessions and estates as well as secondary possessions. That should apply to all future kings and popes.

Rome is still the “protecting power” of the crown

Since then, the papacy has been the “protecting power” of the English crown. In other words, the king is the pope’s vassal. The lands also include the Commonwealth, e.g. New Zealand, Australia, India, Canada and South Africa. In the latter country there have been a few “quibbles” in modern times. In September 1988, Pope John Paul II landed in Johannesburg, South Africa, against his will. On the way to Lesotho, the Pope’s plane had to make an emergency landing due to bad weather and the resulting lack of fuel. The Pope got out and refrained from kissing the floor. This was too greasy, so the given reason. At that time, South Africa was still under the apartheid regime.

Nelson Mandela was very pro-Rome

Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela and his political origins were very close to Rome

A few years later, under the reign of Nelson Mandela, things were different politically. In June 1990, the fresh President Mandela undertook his inaugural visit to the Vatican. Thus, on September 16, 1995, the Pope visited South Africa during his “Apostolic Journey” next to Cameroon and Kenya.

Like Cardinal Newman, Nelson Mandela seems to have been very beneficial to the Roman Church. In 1996, Mandela became a Knight of the Order of Saint John and in 2004 he received the highest possible decoration of the Knights of Malta. As a knight, the ancient term for a soldier, of a Catholic order, one has only one master to obey and that is, exactly, the Pope. Not to forget, South Africa is part of the Commonwealth and therefore part of the English Crown and this is under the “patronage” of Rome.

Charles III could well surprise

So now King Charles III. enthroned, who will continue his inherited “crown of England” under the terms established by treaty in the 13th century. In the spirit of the ecumenism of Rome. So far, the king has distinguished himself as a herald of climate change and the ambassador of the need for protection of “Mother Earth” in “times as a prince”.

Coat of Arms Prince Charles of Whales
Coat of arms of Prince Charles until 2022 – A red dragon is included

It may be a coincidence that Charles’ mother was named Elizabeth, as was the mother of John the Baptist, the herald of the Messiah. It may be coincidental that the mother of his two sons was named Diana, as was the mother of fertility worshiped by pagan Rome, named Diana. The then-princess caused quite a stir after her November 20, 1995 interview with the BBC, after she saw herself as a kind of pure “breeding machine” for her children. And it may also be a coincidence that one of his two sons emigrated to America, which was once owned by the English Crown and thus also falls under the treaty with Pope Innocent III.

Thyatira has interesting background

The Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Thyateira & Great Britain giving the blessing at the coronation also catches the eye. Thyatreira or Thyatira is the fourth church written to in the Book of Revelation (Rev. 2, 18-29). Translated, Thyatira means “the sweet fragrance of works” and “Satan’s teachings”. This city, along with the temple that was built, was once dedicated to the Roman sun god Apollo. At that time, the purple-colored fabrics produced there, the color applied by today’s bishops, were well known.

However, with the official “activation” of King Charles III, a new wind and probably also “surprises” can be expected.

Coronation of Charles III in the sign of the ecumenism of Rome
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