The National Catholic Register interviews Cherie Blair after her meeting with Pope Benedict. Even though she is a dissenter on abortion her answer to the question on women’s ordination shows some turnaround and some wisdom on the subject.
A few years ago, you suggested that the Vatican change its approach to women. Did that form part of your meeting with Pope Benedict XVI on April 28? Do you still feel the same way?
That was said in the context of wider remarks. If I recall correctly, I said that I was not a theologian and as such did not have a theologically considered view on the question of the ordination of women — ultimately that is a matter for the Holy Father and the magisterium rather than the faithful to decide. However, I did say that I thought that more could be done to give women positions of power and influence in the Church. For example, I recall meeting some women who were chancellors of dioceses or served as judges on canon law courts. So in answer to your question — I think there is movement — positive movement and women are increasingly found in a cross section of posts in the Church.
Now if she could apply the exact same logic to abortion.