Saturday, April 10, 2010

Tony Blair

Anthony Charles Lynton Blair is a former British Labour Party politician who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2 May 1997 to 27 June 2007.

Tony Blair, an Anglican, converted to Catholicism in 1997 after stepping down as British Prime Minister.

According to a news report, Tony Blair's spiritual awakening goes back at least 30 years, to his time as an undergraduate at Oxford, but due to political considerations [a Catholic cannot become prime minister of the United Kingdom] his conversion to Catholicism had to be postponed.

Prior to being a Catholic, he had apparently been attending Catholic mass, often with his family but also occasionally alone, since long before he became prime minister. His wife, Cherie, is a lifelong and practicing Catholic.

There are reports stating that Blair had been reprimanded by Cardinal Basil Hume in 1996 for receiving Holy Communion at Mass despite not being a Catholic, in contravention of canon law.

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