A letter a day or two ago in The Times ... from a Fr Timothy Radcliffe, OP. An Important Dominican. I bet he's internationally famous.
The context is that it has just been revealed that the 'Coronation' will be accompanied by OATHS! Yeah! British subjects will be invited, as they watch the Stephanosis on their machines, to join in an act of swearing Allegiance.
(Personally, I had rather wondered about this anyway ... oaths are, surely, meant to have a formal, public, even juridical aspect to them. I'm not sure what my views are about millions of people murmuring at their flickering little screens and thinking it actually means something.
And it seems to me likely that the whole idea may come from the mind of that vapid litle man, the Welby. If this be so, that aitia in itself does incredibly little to to warm me to it.)
BUT ... just imagine neighbourhood pubs in vibrant yet distant places. Places where there still remain culturally diverse communitities ... Belfast, perhaps, or (London)Derry. Or a Liverpool sanctified still by the Aura of the Warlock and his Cricketing Chum.
Imagine over here, a cohort of imbibers, culturally 'Unionist'; Paisleyite. They are fiercely determined to take the oath, as an assertion of their own Scottic, Williamite, roots. At heart, they are (to a man) Apprentice Boys (or Girls or Trans ... ... ). The Sash Their Fathers Wore still animates them.
But, over there, you will discern a different group (although visually similar); equally fiercely determined, as a meaningful act of political repudiation, not to swear, not ever even to allow to be sworn, any such oath or act of allegiance.
This latter group is always on the look out for some passing Blacks'nTans to beat up...
Spiritually, they 'identify with' the Tird West Cork Brigade of the IRA (what a song; what a tune!!).
I can visualise the most totally incredibly wonderful punch-ups developing between two such highly principled groups ... leading to street brawls ... tear gas ... the entire panoply (in the etymological sense of that term) ...
I do think Fr Wozzname OP is a bit of a mangy old spoil-sport to want to deprive so many diverse communities of such glorious and traditional rituals. He'll be banning the Boat Race next.
(Of course I write with irony. But I am genuinely puzzled that nobody on that committee had the sense to speak against this divisive innovation.).