In a country with a history of Catholic persecution and religious bigotry, there is a sense of optimism and hope among Catholic bishops that this time is different.
“There are some very good ideas in the new constitution, which I think is very good for our country,” Cardinal Sean McGovern told Al Jazeera.
“We have a new parliament and new prime minister, so it’s very exciting.”
There is some optimism too in the church hierarchy, whose recent actions and statements in favour of Anglicanism have been well-received by the public.
“I’m really optimistic, for sure,” Cardinal Robert Nichols told the New York Times.
“For the first time in my career I am feeling very confident and optimistic about the future of our church.”
Bishop Nicholas Beecham, the first Bishop of Leicester and a close ally of Cardinal Sean, was equally enthusiastic about the outcome of the coronation ceremony.
“What we are seeing is the beginning of the process of the church being more and more involved with the state in a way that is not always the case in other parts of the world,” he told Aljazeera.
Al Jazeera’s Sarah Westwood contributed to this report.”
That is really good for the church and it’s a good thing for the country.”
Al Jazeera’s Sarah Westwood contributed to this report.