Sunday, December 23, 2007

Tony and the Church

It is always wonderful when we hear about those who embrace the truth of the Holy Catholic Church, and it doesn't matter if that person is great and mighty or poor and lowly, the Lord welcomes all to the Church equally.

When a notable person embraces the Faith, it is hard to avoid noticing-especially when that person is a recently-departed Prime Minister of a country whose conversion we've been collectively praying would occur for over 500 years. Today, the Holy Catholic Church welcomes into our august ranks the Right Honourable Tony Blair, PC. In reading of Blair's reception into the Church, I noticed this little statement:

The former prime minister told the BBC this year that he had
avoided talking about his religious views while in office for about 10 years for
fear of being labeled "a nutter."

The poor PM had this inner Catholic that he felt he couldn't let out because people would think he was nuts. I think that is a pitiful shame that once-Christian England has become a place where leaders apparently think the populous will think they are crazy if they say "I'm your Prime Minister, and I love the Lord."

It makes me thankful that the secularists have not managed to ruin our country in this way just yet. Our leaders can still pray, and sometimes it is even expected of them. Whether it was FDR during the Normandy invasion, or President Reagan after the Challenger disaster, God is still God in this country-whiny Leftists notwithstanding.

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At Sunday, December 23, 2007 1:02:00 PM, Blogger SteveMule said...

I suspect his delay had moe to do with Englsh hostility to Catholics in their government. Remember that the Anglican Church is the official Church of England - one of the roles of the English Monarchy is "Defender of the Faith."
I'm not sure if it's still the case or not, but I do know that for much of England's history it was illegal for the Prime Minister to be Catholic.
Mr. Blair's attraction to the Catholic Church has been known for sometime and rumors of his conversion have been circulating for some time.


At Monday, December 24, 2007 1:39:00 AM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

The hostility to Catholics is also bygone. There have been two Catholic Leaders of the Opposition and several Catholic cabinet members during Blair's tenure as PM. There are more practicing Catholics in the Parliament of Great Britain by percentage than in the general population of that country. That is changing though, as more Britons will soon be practicing Catholics than practicing Anglicans. There is even very serious talk of doing away with the provision of the Act of Succession that prevents a Catholic from taking the throne, since several members of the Royal Family are now Catholic.

The reversion and restoration of England (once called "The Dowry of Mary") is a slow process, but it is very much ongoing.


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