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April 2, 2006

Catholic Masses for the Blairs at No 10

Topics: International News

Until today, I didn't know that Britain has never had a Catholic prime minister. As of now, Britain still hasn't had one, but apparently Tony Blair and his family have been celebrating Masses conducted by a Roman Catholic priest at No. 10 Downing Street, and Mr. Blair may be close to converting to Catholicism from being a High Church Anglican.

(...) The Prime Minister, although attending the services in the Downing Street sitting room, is understood not to have taken Holy Communion with his wife and children.

(...) The Prime Minister is a High Church Anglican. His wife Cherie is Catholic and the couple's four children have been raised within the faith.

(...) He has also attended Masses at Chequers, which in the past were conducted by Fr Timothy Russ, the parish priest of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in nearby Great Missenden, Bucks. Fr Russ has said that he believes that Mr Blair is ready to convert, although not while he is still serving as Prime Minister.

We in the U.S. remember what a big deal it was when John F. Kennedy became America's first Catholic president. Apparently, having a Catholic pime minister is as big a deal in Britain today, as it was for America to have a Catholic president in 1961.

Related: (October 15, 2004) Riddle of Blair Catholic Communion

Posted by Richard at April 2, 2006 9:03 PM



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