Originally Posted by Lena
In 2000 the swedish state and the lutheran church were seperated. The king is head of the state...but this didn´t apply to the king?? I ask because I could swear, that I´ve read that the monarchy and the lutheran church were seperated too, but the Royal familiy should have said, that they would stay lutheran protestants.
Yes, the State and the Church of Sweden was separated in 2000. I merely pointed out that it is the right of every country to have a State Religion.
When it comes to the Royal Family, it is an entire different thing since it has to do with tradition and the Constitution.
You also have to remember that whenever a country changes text in the constitution, the very base of the country, the decisions in Parliament needs to be taken with broad consent, if not consensus since it’s going to apply for a long time forward and because of the weight and importance of the Constitution... And by this time, in 1997/98 when the separation of the State and Church of Sweden was being prepared in both the Parliament and the Church of Sweden itself – there was no unity whatsoever.
Konstitutionsutskottet (the Committee on the Constitution) said in its submitted report at that time (1997/98) this issue should “be solved only when it’s more rooted in the society”. What their report says can be interpreted into that the Committee agrees that the fourth chapter in the Act of Succession is out-of-date and as a matter of principle also doubtful, but that they felt that the Parliament should not challenge those who would object to this reform.
The Office of The Marshal of The Realm also wrote in a statement that the Royal Court wanted the profession of faith to remain in the Act of Succession.
The Church Committee and the Church of Sweden itself also felt ready to drop the requirement for the profession of faith.
With consideration to the very different statements by the groups that had the document for consideration, the Government didn’t feel ready to propose the change.