Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Act of Supremacy

When the State became a god in Tudor England.
...Be it enacted, by authority of this present Parliament, that the king, our sovereign lord, his heirs and successors, kings of this realm, shall be taken, accepted, and reputed the only supreme head in earth of the Church of England, called Anglicans Ecclesia; and shall have and enjoy, annexed and united to the imperial crown of this realm, as well the title and style thereof, as all honors, dignities, preeminences, jurisdictions, privileges, authorities, immunities, profits, and commodities to the said dignity of the supreme head of the same Church belonging and appertaining; and that our said sovereign lord, his heirs and successors, kings of this realm, shall have full power and authority from time to time to visit, repress, redress, record, order, correct, restrain, and amend all such errors, heresies, abuses, offenses, contempts and enormities, whatsoever they be, which by any manner of spiritual authority or jurisdiction ought or may lawfully be reformed, repressed, ordered, redressed, corrected, restrained, or amended....


Julygirl said...

Scary! History tells the full implications of what that meant. What turns a good young man into an evil older man?

Jeanne said...

The lust for power and a series of personal tragedies. Such things can turn a man of good graces and charm into a despicable, wretched tyrant. What's even more sad is that this evil repeats itself again and again until it is too late to reverse it.