Recalling a Distant Past with England’s Great Catholic Buildings
Looking into a Catholic pilgrimage in England might be challenging with all the other sites in Europe that are more popular. But here are some Catholic buildings that might interest you from an Aleteia article by Zelda Caldwell.
An England king’s arrogance brought forth the erosion of Catholic buildings in the once great bastion of the faith.
It was King Henry VIII, in his desire to have his marriage to his first wife annulled, who selfishly cut-off all ties to Vatican (Rome) and made himself the Supreme Head of the Church of England. It was his first order of business to have the dissolution of England’s convents and monasteries.
So between 1536 and 1540, he shut down over 800 monasteries, abbeys and convents, reaping their great accumulated wealth, and effectively neutralizing any political opposition that might have come from the 10,000 displaced religious and their followers.
While some of these sacred buildings were sold off to private owners, others were taken over by England’s new state church. Many others were destroyed or left to ruin.
Here are the haunting remains of England’s Catholic past.