Joe Nation wrote:
Joe(They are what my mother called "White Lace Curtain Catholics")Nation
I've been told that for one Irish person to refer to another Irish person as "lace curtain Irish" is actually a putdown, since the inference is that only last week they put up lace curtains; before that - questionnable. And, the way it was phrased to me was as a question, "So, you're lace cutain Irish - are ya' now?"
But getting back to the Brits and the willingness to have Royalty marry Catholics, why now? Could it be that the Monarchy realizes that there are anti-Monarchy rumblings in Britain, and similar to the Dems bolstering their constituency by giving voting rights to new citizens (aka, "undocumented immigrants"), would the British Catholic population then "embrace" the Royals with new interest, perhaps making the Monarchy feel that more Brits love their Monarcy - more than ever?
Personally, based on the history of England and the Catholic Church, and having read most of a book written in 1607, Diary of a Hunted Priest, my reply to the Monarchy would be, "Thanks, but no thanks."
However, the upside of it is, in my opinion, that with the first inter-faith marriage, the Orangemen in Northern Island may have to work a little harder to proudly jut their chins out, in that year's parade. I would be succumbing to some schadenfreude.