Historical – History of Roman Catholicism
Historical – Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon History of Roman Catholicism When Pope Clement VII refused to approve the annulment of Henry’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon, the Engl…#civilrights
When the Protestant Reformation began, Henry VIII opposed Martin Luther and sided with the Catholic Church. This changed when his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, did not provide him with a live son to inherit his kingdom. Henry VIII asked the Pope for an annulment (since the Catholic Church does not recognize divorce, per se) and decided to leave the Catholic Church when his request was rejected. Parliament passed the Act of Supremacy in 1534, which declared Henry to be the “Supreme Head” of the Church of England.