Archbishop Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation, has publicly stated that Tony Blair’s apparent approval of homosexual marriage is inconsistent with his Catholic faith:
“If the stories in the press about Blair’s thinking are true, I think he should examine his conscience carefully and realise that there is must be coherence between the content of faith and the concrete action taken by a politician.”
Archbishop Fisichella was responding to a report in The Independent under the headline ‘Blair takes on the Pope by backing gay marriage’.
‘Tony Blair has defied the Pope by making clear he “strongly supports” plans for gay marriage, The Independent on Sunday has learnt. The former prime minister, a Catholic since 2007, backs proposals by David Cameron for a new law allowing homosexuals to marry.’
Today the campaign against gay marriage is stepped up with a letter from two archbishops to be read to Catholic congregations across England and Wales at mass. The letter will claim that the new law would undermine the institutions of marriage and the family.
But despite the backlash, the Prime Minister and many members of his Cabinet are fully behind the plans. In a significant boost to Mr Cameron, Mr Blair – one of the best known Catholics in Britain – has told friends he “strongly supports the Prime Minister’s proposal”.
Protect the Pope comment: Soon after his reception into the Catholic Church by Cardinal Murphy O’Connor Tony Blair announced in a gay magazine that he was committed to campaign to change the Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality.
In the light of his latest defiance of the explicit teaching of the Catholic Church and the authority of the Holy Father questions have to be raised about the content and quality of his preparation to be received into the Church. He obviously doesn’t have a Catholic understanding of the importance of fidelity to the doctrine of the Church nor the requirement of obedience to the magisterium of the Church, expressed by the successor to St Peter. That Tony Blair still behaves like an Anglican raises doubts about his conversion.