Without going into King Henry VIII’s desire to have his marriage annulled, which the Pope would not consent to, we’ll skip to the political maneuvering the jolly king did to get his way. The king cut off English tithes to the Pope and ruled that church disputes would be taken up in England’s courts not in Rome. New laws ruled that King Henry VIII (not the Pope) would choose England’s bishops and the Pope would no longer be head of England’s Church. The king would fill the supreme position. Today, what was formerly England’s Catholic Church is the Church of England. The English people were more than happy to have their churches fall out of power of foreign rule.
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