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Tony Blair and Roman Catholicism

According to the Daily Mail, Tony Blair is thinking of converting to Roman Catholicism when he leaves Downing Street. All well and good, if that’s what he wants, but a particular part of the Daily Mail story caught my attention. According to the story, Blair discussed with a local priest the possibility of him (Blair) becoming a deacon:

Mr Blair is reported as asking his confidant Father Timothy: “Would this be possible?” He was told: “It usually takes two or three years”, to which he replied: “The fact that I’m PM, could this make a difference?”

Interesting, if true. The Bible sets out the qualifications for becoming a deacon, and as far as I could remember, being the Prime Minister of Great Britain (or any other country, for that matter) was not among the criteria deemed by God to be necessary for this great office. Just to be sure, I looked up the relevant passage in the Bible, 1 Timothy 3: 8-12:

  • 8. Deacons likewise must be men of dignity, not double-tongued, or addicted to much wine or fond of sordid gain,
  • 9. but holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.
  • 10. These men must also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach.
  • 11. Women must likewise be dignified, not malicious gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things.
  • 12. Deacons must be husbands of only one wife, and good managers of their children and their own households.

So there we are, being PM does not count for anything. As to the relevant criteria, though, it is for the Roman Catholic church to judge, whether, knowing what we do of Blair, he has satisfied the above conditions.

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13 Responses to “Tony Blair and Roman Catholicism”

  1. dolbyn Says:

    remembering the plot of the film “the saint” starring val kilmer, i suspect that tony decided to set his sights a little lower. At least to begin with…

  2. Crushed By Ingsoc Says:

    I’m not even sure he could qualify as a Catholic.

  3. jailhouselawyer Says:

    Your previous two posters have got it all wrong. Thanks to Theo spark, I have linked to this post with a photo of Tony Blair as the Pope…

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  5. Ontario Emperor Says:

    Didn’t King Saul get in trouble for offering sacrifices when Samuel was delayed?

    I’m fascinated by the fact that, compared to our own House of Representatives, the House of Commons seems to be lacking in decorum. Can you imagine a church in which Blair was the deacon, and the parishoners were carrying on like the average backbencher?

  6. Welshcakes Limoncello Says:

    Tony must have been reading “Private Eye” too often!

  7. cityunslicker Says:

    best blogger – well done!

  8. Crushed By Ingsoc Says:

    Congratulations, Bel!

    So glad you stormed Best Political Blogger!
    A thoroughly deserved accolade!

  9. Welshcakes Limoncello Says:

    Cam over to say congratulations, Bel. – Well deserved.

  10. Bel Says:

    CU, Crushed, and Welshcakes, thank you very much for your kind words. I’m thrilled to have won. :)

  11. Armen Says:

    Hi Bel,

    First visit here. I came over from DBT.

    I’ve been out of the UK for nearly 6 months now, so I haven’t much of an idea of what’s going on. This is definately intriguing, if what you say about Blair is true. I always thought he made decisions with a Roman Catholic mind, rather than a Protestant, and I figured this was due to being influenced greatly by his wife.

  12. Bel Says:

    Hi Armen,

    welcome to my blog.I recognised your name from DBT. You wrote something that I liked on the Lorelle interview post.

    What you say is very interesting, about Blair and a Roman Catholic mind. A few RC friends of mine have said the same thing.

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