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Did Henry VIII break away from the Catholic church because he had syphilis?

I looked it up and he appears to have died from it.

14 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    He wanted a son and his wife could not give him one.  So he wanted a divorce to marry a woman who could give him a son.  But the Pope would not approve divorce.

  • jean
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    He wanted to be able to divorce his wives which the catholics did not allow.

  • Elaine
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    He wanted a divorce from Katherine of Aragon so he could marry Anne Boleyn.  The pope refused to grant the divorce as the arguments Henry made to divorce Katherine were similar to the ones he made so he could marry her. Have you heard the ditty regarding Henry VIII's wives?  Divorced, beheaded, died.  Divorced, beheaded, survived. 

  • Alan H
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    No.    So he could divorce his wife

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  • 1 month ago

    NO he wanted to Marry Ann Bolin and had to divorce the Queen to do that.  The Pope would not grant the divorce so he created his own church to get his own way.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    No, he had the divine Right to Rule and was a Christian who believes the Pope was an appointed Nobody should have Given him his divorce

    so he formed the True catholic Church the Anglican Catholic church and all was well

    Henry V111 had no idea what Mercury poisoning was or that he had Syphilis

  • ?
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    Henry created the Anglican Church for two reasons, and neither of them was syphilis.

    One reason was that he was persuaded (by Anne Boleyn and Thomas Cromwell, among others) that scripture and worship should be in a language that people who were not Church functionaries could understand.  (He repented of this decision later...and syphilis might have had something to do with THAT.)

    The second reason was his need for a viable male heir and that his politically-powerful and clever wife Catherine of Aragon (who was the aunt of His Most Catholic Majesty Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Spain) could not provide.  He petitioned Rome to annul his marriage to Catherine (his older brother's widow), on the basis that their marriage had been consummated before his brother's death, which constituted a doctrinal dilemma.  Unsurprisingly, Pope Clement VII sided with the most powerful members of his flock, Charles and Catherine.

    So Henry went his own way and used the absence of any mention of the Bishop of Rome in the (previously-forbidden translation of the) bible to establish his OWN Archbishop in Canterbury as head prelate and himself as the Protector of the Church in England, thus making it possible to obtain a divorce, rather than having to execute or murder Catherine, which probably would have resulted in Charles invading England.  

    All of that was a bit too slick to be attributed to cognitive decline due to venereal disease.

  • 1 month ago

    Hank was a philandering mess...overweight and over sexed.  No telling what he really died from, but STD is one distinct possibility. 

    But to a point, he broke from the Catholics because they would not allow him to divorce to marry a new woman who would bear him an heir to the throne.  In other words, no, he broke away from the Catholics before anyone knew he had STD.

  • Clo
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    No; the reason why Henry broke away from the Catholic Church is annulment and divorce. Henry wanted to annul his first marriage to Catherine of Aragon because she was not able to give him sons. They only had one daughter, Mary. Henry wished to have an heir that he considered strong---meaning male. How ironic that two of Henry's daughters would become queens regnant of England!

    During Henry's marriage to Catherine, he carried out  affairs,one with  Mary Boleyn, Lady-in-Waiting the Catherine. Mary had two children that were rumored to be Henry's, a daughter and a son . These children were recognized as being the children of Mary's husband, and Henry laid no claims to these children. Henry had another acknowledged illegitimate child, a son, Henry Fitzroy.

    Henry met Anne Boleyn through her sister, Mary. Henry was quite attracted to Anne, but she did not wish to have an affair. Marriage was what was desired. Henry, wishing to have a legitimate son, thought that marriage to Anne Boleyn would give him the son he so desired.

    Pope Clement VII did not agree with Henry about the annulment. Henry decided to break away from the Catholic Church, form his own Protestant church, making himself head of the new, reformed church. He was then able to divorce Catherine and marry Anne Boleyn.

     It is now disputed that Henry VIII had syphilis:

    "The theory that Henry suffered from syphilis has been dismissed by most historians.Historian Susan Maclean Kybett ascribes his demise to scurvy, which is caused by insufficient vitamin C most often due to a lack of fresh fruits and vegetables in one's diet.Alternatively, his wives' pattern of pregnancies and his mental deterioration have led some to suggest that he may have been Kell positive and suffered from McLeod syndrome. According to another study, Henry's history and body morphology may have been the result of traumatic brain injury after his 1536 jousting accident, which in turn led to a neuroendocrine cause of his obesity. This analysis identifies growth hormone deficiency (GHD) as the reason for his increased adiposity but also significant behavioural changes noted in his later years, including his multiple marriages."

  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    He had (and died WITH) syphilis, but ...

    Henry VIII broke away from the Catholic church

    because he wanted to divorce his first wife, Catherine of Aragon,

    because she couldn't give him a male heir (just a daughter called Mary).

    He wanted to marry Anne Boleyn .. and the Pope wouldn't let him.

    He had Anne Boleyn executed for having an affair

    after she gave him another daughter (Elizabeth)

    He then married Jane Seymore, who died giving birth to his only son (Edward)

    He then married Anne of Cleves, but it didn't work out

    so he divorced her and married Catherine Howard,

    who he also executed for having an affair

    to marry Catherine Parr .. who outlived him.

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