Westminster Abbey was stolen!

Westminster Abbey was stolen! As is the case with all ancient English churches, monasteries, or convents presently in the hands of the Anglicans, the famed Abbey where English monarchs are crowned and buried, was once the property of a Catholic institution. Westminister Abbey was a Benedictine monastery. While the Catholic origin of the Abbey may be well-known, especially in England, many people are unaware of who the Abbey’s heavenly patron.

The Abbey dates back at least to the eighth century, but possibly before. During the time of King Saint Edward the Confessor (1003-1066), it had already been in existence as a Benedictine Monastery for about two hundred years. During an exile in Normandy, King Edward made a vow that he would go on pilgrimage to Rome, to the tomb of St. Peter. Being unable to keep this vow, for reasons of state, he requested that the pope absolve him of it. Pope Leo IX commuted the vow, but under certain conditions, one of them being that Edward build or restore, in England, an abbey in honor of St. Peter. This he did by rebuilding the Abbey at Westminster. The relics of the Sainted King are still enshrined at the Abbey, where they are in the company of the earthly remains of many other English Monarchs, some Catholic, but mostly Protestant. Regarding these latter, we make an observation. The day of the General Judgment will present the awesome spectacle of a royal reprobate honor-guard lining up to escort the Papist King-Saint as he rises to assume his everlasting throne in glory. O day of wrath!

Westminster Abbey with a procession of Knights of the Bath, by Canaletto, 1749 (source)

Westminster Abbey with a procession of Knights of the Bath, by Canaletto, 1749 (source)

  • Bill

    I was hoping that Pope Benedict would address this historical crime when he made his trip to Britain. Certainly the Royal Wedding would have been a great opportunity to put a spotlight on this injustice. Why are Catholics so spineless? These Churches were built on the blood and donations of our Catholic brothers and sisters so long ago, and we let their debauched, fat king steal, and nobdody says a word about it. But let Catholics do anything to anyone else, even hundreds of years ago and we still have it thrown in our faces. A pox upon the house of British Royals, taking their vows in the sight of God, in a stolen Church. I demand repayment, with all the money going to Catholic Relief Services to help the poor through out the world. What say you Kate and Willie?

  • Martin

    And how about all the religious buildings the catholic church has stolen ?

    Many Islamic buildings, especially religious ones have either been converted into Catholic churches.Historic mosques in Spain where stolen from the Muslims and turned into Catholic churches.

    The Great Mosque of Cordoba was converted into a Catholic church. The Mosque of Cristo de la Luz in the city of Toledo was converted into a Catholic chapel. The Giralda in Seville while not a mosque was a minaret of a mosque and stolen, now part of Seville cathedral. Many more Islamic religious structures in Spain were stolen and converted into Catholic church’s.

    However perhaps the most famous theft by the catholic church has to be the Pantheon in Rome. Originally a pagan construction, it was turned into a Catholic church in the early 7th century and is still used as a church today, known as “Basilica of St. Mary and the Martyrs.

    Were these mosque, religious structures not built on the blood and donations of their brothers and sisters so long ago, and were they not stolen by a Pope. These are historical crimes by the Catholic church.

    So please do not accuse the Church of England of theft when the Catholic church has shamelessly stolen and plundered many religious structures around the world and (Stolen) converted them into Catholic church’s.

    I don’t hear you demanding the Catholic church return any of the above to there rightful owners ???

  • You seem to forget that the Islamic invaders started by stealing Spain! It was only just that when the Spanish Christians took it back from this hostile, foreign element, they converted the very beautiful buildings the Muslims had build for false worship into temples of the holy and adorable Trinity.

    Regarding Rome — just as in England — when the populace was converting to Christianity, pagan temples were converted into Catholic Churches. This is what Saint Gregory the Great instructed Saint Augustine in the matter:

    “When Almighty God shall bring you to the most reverend Bishop Augustine, our brother, tell him what I have, after mature deliberation on the affairs of the English, determined upon, namely, that the temples of the idols in that nation ought not to be destroyed, but let the idols that are in them be destroyed; let holy water be made and sprinkled in the said temples – let altars be erected, and relics placed. For if those temples are well built, it is requisite that they be converted from the worship of devils to the service of the true God; that the nation, seeing that their temples are not destroyed, may remove error from their hearts and, knowing and adoring the true God, may the more familiarly resort to the places to which they have been accustomed.” (“The Letter to Mellitus” of 601)

  • Bruce Joseph Barron

    The mosques had no business being in Catholic Spain to begin with.
    And the Pantheon would not even be in existence if not for the Catholic church. And what about these pagan muslims who turned the great Church of St. Sophia into a mosque in conquered Constantinople.
    You, like so many non-Catholics, take a poke or make a poke where non exists.
    The Anglican church plundered and stole the wealth of every chirch and monastery in England and after that destroyed hundreds of these buildings creating for the first time in Christianity paupers.
    Actually it was Henry and Elizabeth’s henchmen who did the theft and murdering of the Catholic faith.
    Don’t forget the theft of Westminister Abbey, all the the great teaching centers of Oxford and Cambridge etc
    The great Catholic cathederal of St Paul was destroyed by fire in the mid 17th century and replaced by Wrenn”s cathederal which can’t
    begin to compare in architectural beauty.
    Protestantism is responsible for every ism of today.
    These mosques were evacuated or rather anandoned when the muslims were beaten out of Spain
    Big difference between what the moslems and protestants have done and there is no comparison with the goodness of what
    the Catholic church has done
    The Anglican church is on its death bed.
    The moslems ransaked Spain for centuries as has the protestants for centuries England and the world.
    In short you need a history lesson.