Archive for December, 2006

December 20, 2006

IRA/Sinn Fein Ethnic Cleansing


Listen to loyalists

December 19, 2006

16 Sep 2005 –

The head of the Anglican church in Ireland, Lord Eames, wants the government to listen to loyalist concerns in Northern Ireland.

His comments follow rioting last weekend which broke out during an Orange Order parade in Belfast. Fergal Keane reports.

Trivia: Henry VIII

December 19, 2006

In 1534, Henry VIII and England made a decisive break with the Roman Catholic Church led by the Pope and appointed himself Supreme Head of the Church of England.

Need for a son
Henry VIII reigned from 1509-47 and was the second Tudor king. His father, Henry VII, had won the Wars of the Roses in the 1480s but the family still had enemies. Henry needed a son to secure the throne for the Tudor dynasty.

Divorce denied
Henry’s wife, Katherine of Aragon, had failed to produce a son and heir, and by the mid 1520s, Henry had fallen in love with Anne Boleyn. On Henry’s orders, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey was sent to Rome to petition the Pope for a divorce. However, following pressure from both Henry’s wife and her powerful nephew, the German Emperor, the Pope refused Henry’s request. Wolsey was blamed and imprisoned.