There were some who criticized me for my less than exuberant feeling about Tony Blair’s entrance into the Church. Here is an I told you so.
ony Blair has challenged the “entrenched” attitudes of the Pope on homosexuality, and argued that it is time for him to “rethink” his views.
Speaking to the gay magazine Attitude, the former Prime Minister, himself now a Roman Catholic, said that he wanted to urge religious figures everywhere to reinterpret their religious texts to see them as metaphorical, not literal, and suggested that in time this would make all religious groups accept gay people as equals.
Asked about the Pope’s stance, Mr Blair blamed generational differences and said: “We need an attitude of mind where rethinking and the concept of evolving attitudes becomes part of the discipline with which you approach your religious faith.”
“…There are many good and great things the Catholic Church does, and there are many fantastic things this Pope stands for, but I think what is interesting is that if you went into any Catholic Church, particularly a well-attended one, on any Sunday here and did a poll of the congregation, you’d be surprised at how liberal-minded people were.” The faith of ordinary Catholics is rarely found “in those types of entrenched attitudes”, he said.[reference]
It seemed to me at the time that Mr. Blair had done nothing to repent of and recant what he had done as Prime Minister that was gravely evil. Part of repairing the damage one has done is to do something to correct it, something that there has been no sign of. Though I hold Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor more responsible for bringing him into the Church probably knowing that he would perjure himself in saying that he accepted all that the Church taught. A high-profile convert such as Tony Blair only brings scandal until such that that I pray he repents.