I have written elsewhere about how Pope Gregory XVI condemned ‘freedom of conscience’ in 1832, how Pope Pius IX declared absolute monarchy (and totalitarian government) the preferred organisation of society for
In the UK, which is very rich after decades of imperialist exploitation of the world, and in the centuries following the English Civil War, has developed a very advanced capitalist economy, and has extended the right to vote to all citizens over the age of 18 (barring one or two exclusions).
Oliver Cromwell was a very civilised, intelligent and progressive individual. He was also a devout Christian. Why, then, did he agree to ‘ban’ Christmas? He carried out this progressive measure because he thought that it was a great evil for the State to ‘enforce’ a religious celebration upon its citizens. As a consequence, Cromwell oversaw the legislation that ‘banned’ the State sanctioning of a national holiday that had, in his and many other Christian’s eye, no connection with legitimate Christian practice.