Wednesday, 8 April 2009
One wonders what Tony hoped to gain by his oh-so-public conversion.
Before his "conversion" he had a pretty lousy voting record on abortion, civil partnerships, the Sexual Orientation Regulations, homosexuality... and Cherie has pretty much blown the gaff (in her autobiography) as to the Blairs' views on contraception.
Since his conversion, he has failed to repudiate his previous views on abortion, civil partnerships, the Sexual Orientation Regulations, homosexuality... and has been pretty outspoken on these matters, even going so far as to tell the Pope he has to get-with-the-times.
Now, as I recall, all converts have to swear, before God, that they believe and profess all that the Church proclaims to be true.
This leaves two options.
1) Tony Blair was so woefully catechised before his reception into the Church that he truly didn't know the Church's teaching on abortion, contraception, homosexuality, euthanasia, etc. etc. If that is true (and, let's face it, catechesis post Vatican II has left much to be desired!) then those responsible for his instruction in the Faith are going to have some serious explaining to do come Judgement Day.
Unfortunately, Tony's comments to the gay magazine, Attitude, suggest that he is fully cognizant of Church teaching...
2) Tony Blair lied when he was received into the Church. He spoke the words, but didn't believe them, and didn't intend to live his life by them.
I was under the impression that this was what is commonly known as sacrilege.
I would be interested to hear the opinion of a Canon Lawyer on the effect of such a sacrilege with regard to Tony's reception into the Church...