After King Henry VIII’s break with the Roman Catholic church, England’s orthodoxy remained intact. Henry continued to insist upon Catholic doctrine within the realm. Apparently, his goal was an English Catholic Church instead of a Roman Catholic one. The Statute of Six Articles in 1539 upheld such Catholic articles as clerical celibacy, the private mass, and confessions to a priest. Under King Edward VI’s reign the Six Articles were repealed and Thomas Cranmer produced the Forty-Two Articles which defined the faith of the Church along Protestant lines.
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