What If England Had Become Catholic?
I often muse that, had the Reformation not started when it did, and had England not embraced it, it is unlikely that both English and foreign Protestants --- the ancestors of countless descendants now living in America --- would never have been allowed to settle the “New World.” In the 1600s, England, known by this time as a thoroughly Protestant country, was a bastion of strength and a well-sought ally by the French Huguenots in their distress.
|Louis XIV of France|
The date: June 01, 1670. The event: The “secret treaty” of Dover. The instigator: King Charles II of England. It was sort of an “I’ll scratch your back, you scratch mine” endeavor . . . he promised to help France win the war with the Netherlands if France would help him return Catholicism as the official faith in England. Countless Protestant families remained largely ignorant of this treaty formed with King Louis XIV. One hates to think of what would have happened if Louis, who became known for his brutal treatment of the Huguenots throughout the next few decades, had given Charles II advice on how to “persuade” English Anglicans and Puritans to adopt Catholicism.
|Charles II of England|