Posted By: June 28, 2017

Way for May and Foster to prove good faith: repeal Act of Settlement, 1701


CAPITOL HILL. Wednesday, June 28, 2017— For many years, a lone voice has been raising the issue of State-sponsored sectarianism and bigotry in the British Constitution. Eventually, the call was heard by The Guardian and other elements in Britain itself.


Today, that “lone voice” was heard on Turkish World Wide TV (, See link below.


Fr. Sean Mc Manus—President of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus— raised his “lone voice” during an interview (which reaches 120 million households around the world) on the “confidence and supply” deal between the Tory Government and the DUP of Northern Ireland.


Fr. Mc Manus expressed concern about what that deal does to an essential provision of the Good Friday Agreement: the British Government’s duty to treat both communities with absolute impartiality and even-handedness. How will that now work given the fact that the DUP is placed in such a position of real power above Sinn Fein, Fr. Mc Manus asked. What does that do to even-handedness?


When asked if he had a message for Mrs. May and Mrs. Foster, Fr. Mc Manus said the easiest way for both women to prove the bad old days of Anti-Catholic bigotry were over was for them to call for a repeal of the Anti-Catholic sections of the Act of Settlement, 1701. This Act is an ongoing part of the unwritten, non-codified British constitution, and is the very foundation stone of the Royal Family. It prohibits a Catholic from inheriting the British Throne. Fr. Mc Manus said: “It’s like, in effect, having a provision in the United States constitution prohibiting a Black person being President.”


Fr. Mc Manus has long pointed out it is this State-sponsored sectarianism that provides the justification for Orange/Unionist/Loyalist/Protestant anti-Catholicism: if a Catholic cannot get the top job (King or Queen) well then Catholics are not equal: if they are not equal in the British Constitution, why should they be treated as equals in Northern Ireland?


Fr. Mc Manus explains: “While this law may not mean a lot to the ordinary Englishman, it means a whole lot to Orange supremacists. These supremacists have continuously made it clear that their loyalty is not just to the British Crown but to ‘Protestant succession to the British Throne.’ Anyone who does not understand this knows nothing about Irish or British history. However, as I constantly emphasize, it was not the Orangemen who enacted the Anti-Catholic Act of Settlement, 1701. It was the British Parliament and the Royal Family, and it is they who have kept it in existence to this very moment. That is where the ultimate guilt resides—not with the Protestants of The North.”