I see that I am not the only one who is rather upset with Blair’s imminent reception into the Catholic Church:
But Rumours that Blair, nominally an adherent of “high church” Anglicanism, will be received shortly into the Catholic Church during a private ceremony at the residence of the Archbishop of Westminster, has elicited strong concerns from some British Catholic priests. Throughout his premiership, which began with a landslide Labour victory in 1997, Blair was rumoured to attend Catholic Masses with his wife, Cherie Blair, a strongly pro-abortion Catholic and reputed follower of New Age ideas.
Fr. Timothy Finigan, a London Catholic priest and founder of the Association of Priests for the Gospel of Life, wrote that Blair would need to publicly repudiate his public position on issues like abortion, embryo experimentation and homosexual civil unions. Fr. Finigan said, “Conversion to the Catholic faith would imply that he now accepts Catholic teaching and is willing to witness publicly to it.”
The nerve! The effrontery!! To imagine that someone would actually demand that you accept the teaching of a religion before you became one of its members. What’s this world coming to? These religious nutters simply demand too much!