I discussed in November last year the patristic theory that St Paul has the Roman imperial power in mind when he speaks in 2 Thessalonians of ‘that which’ and ‘he who’ prevents the advent of antichrist. I concluded by noting that the last heir apparent to any reigning emperor who could be said in some way to continue the Roman tradition had died the previous year, and that it remained to be seen what would happen next. Have there been any relevant developments since then? Gaul and Britain have abolished marriage.

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