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England was too small and too far away to gain control or even much influence on the papacy. At least not until it became a huge empire. England was also culturally tied to north Europe which had already began to drift. As far as the Dutch, there was a symbiosis there. Arguable it was it other way around, their religious affinity was an outcome of other extant affinities, economic, mutual dependence with Britain.As far as warfare between European states and empires, and even that within nascent states, the majority of it was between those sharing religion, so religion is merely a cover for other underlying causes and interests and I don't think one can argue convincingly that had England stayed Catholic much at all would have changed.