When the Prince presents the Duchess of Cornwall to Benedict XVI as his wife for the first time, he will receive a gift that may strike an unwelcome chord: a “luxury facsimile” of the 1530 appeal by English peers to Pope Clement VII asking for the annulment of Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon.
It is intended as a gesture to help to heal five centuries of schism between Rome and the Church of England, of which the Prince will one day be the head. It is also a reminder of the causes of the rift and of the Vatican’s stern views on divorce.
Only problem is that the story from the Guardian is totally false. As the Vatican Press Office wrote “This news is completely untrue and has no basis whatsoever in fact.
I am glad the Vatican Press Office requested a retraction so quickly, thought it has not yet been retracted. A copy of the letter signed by Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. available here.