Thursday, March 31, 2011
Catholicism Returns to the Cathedral of York
For the first since Henry VIII stole the cathedral of York from the Catholic church, a Catholic Mass was celebrated this week in the ancient church. When he took the church Henry stripped much of its wealth for his mistress, Anne Boleyn, who processed through it at her wedding, pregnant with the pretender of the throne, the future Elizabeth I. Once queen, Elizabeth vandalized the massive shrine by removing any semblances of Catholicism including defacing the graves of the dead. Now 500 years later, a Roman Catholic High Latin Mass was allowed by the Anglican occupiers in this formerly Catholic cathedral dedicated to St. Peter, the first Pope. 900 attended. Slowly, slowly England drifts back to her mother faith.