If you were to ask a representative group of Irish people if they thought the Roman Catholic Church should occupy some elevated and constitutionally mandated position in Irish society, I doubt that the affirmative answers would exceed 10%. Yet, by contrast in the UK, nearly 75% of people think that Queen Elizabeth II, the head of state should continue in her other role as head of the Church of England.
Despite her age, Queen Elizabeth is still very sprightly and clearly has many years left in her. She takes her role and vows very seriously and has no attention resigning. She's in this for life.
And yet, there's a subtle transition under way. Prince Charles, her successor, will be attending the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka in her stead. This is where it gets interesting. Charles is an eclectic chap with a wide range of spiritual interests and a distinct leaning towards Buddhism. Even leaving aside the anomalous situation of a modern European country where the head of state is also a religious leader, won't this be a little odd?
Perhaps it's time to break the link for once and for all and let the monarch be head of state only?
Queen Elizabeth II Should Remain Head Of Church Of England, According To Poll