Religion: Inside Information

Last Roman Catholic King of England was James II (1685-88). By oaths of accession, by laws of the realm, by popular tradition, no British Sovereign since has been permitted to become a Catholic. Yet last week in the New York Catholic News column of Rev. James Martin Gillis, famed Paulist preacher, appeared the following :

"I still feel about kings in general as Patrick Henry and James Otis and Thomas Paine felt and spoke about George III. . . . However, I am ready to admit that some of the more recent English kings...

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