Great Britain: Tony Blair Converts to Catholicism

Source: FSSPX News


The spokesman of the Archbishopric of Westminster stated that Tony Blair, an Anglican, had joined the Catholic Church during a private Mass in the chapel of the official residence of the Archbishop of Westminster, on December 21. The former British Prime Minister by receiving communion at the hands of Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor, head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, has adopted the religion of his wife and four children.

“Catholics are pleased to welcome in their community someone who has followed a path of serious reflection towards Catholicism,” declared Fr. Frederico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office on December 22. “It is good news, and we receive it with the respect for all  personal decisions,” he added.

“I am very glad to welcome Tony Blair into the Catholic Church,” explained Cardinal Murphy O’Connor. “For a long time he has been a regular worshipper at Mass with his family and in recent months he has been following a program of formation to prepare for his reception into full communion. My prayers are with him, his wife and family at this joyful moment in their journey of faith together."

In 1531, Henry VIII, King of England broke with Rome and declared himself the sole head of his national Church. With the coming of the Anglican Church, Catholicism was persecuted in the kingdom, and no British Prime Minister has ever been a Catholic. Catholics in England make up about 10% of the population. (Sources: apic/imedia/Reuters)