Prince Charles should not have multi-faith coronation: church group
LONDON (AFP) - Prince Charles, heir to the throne, should continue the tradition of taking the title of defender of the Christian faith at his coronation -- and not encompass other faiths.
The prince, 57, has always taken a keen interest in other religions and in 1994 he told his biographer that he wanted to be known as "Defender of Faith" rather than "Defender of the Faith", a report by an evangelical group to be published Monday has said.
But the Evangelical Alliance, a charitable organisation which claims to represent over one million evangelical Christians in Britain, called for his coronation not to become an "inter-faith" ceremony....
"The Crown and the Church of England whether we like it or not play, or should play, a key role in maintaining the spiritual tradition in Britain. This is part of our British Constitution and enshrined in law. And that tradition, as a matter of fact, is not humanist or multi-faith but Christian. The most recent survey from the religious broadcasting department of the ITC (the Independent Television Commission), published under the title Seeing is Believing, found that 71 percent of our population still identify as Christian. Only 22 percent claim to be nothing, while a tiny 3 percent are of other faiths - some of course don‚Äôt know. The dominant tradition is, therefore, Christian. We are not a ‚Äúpluralist‚ÄĚ multi-faith society (as is frequently claimed)." (David Holloway)