Former prime minister Tony Blair has converted to the Catholic church. The long-expected announcement came shortly before Christmas on Saturday.
Blair’s wife Cherie and children are all practising Catholics and he has been known to attend Catholic services for many years.
However the move was delayed while he was in power until this year due to his fears over mixing politics and religion.
The Archbishop of Canterbury said that Blair has his “prayers and good wishes as he takes this step in his Christian pilgrimage.”
I’m always a bit fuzzy on the exact relationship between the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of England. The CoE seems to be a “Reformed Catholic” church of sorts to me, though that concept is bizarre on the face of it and probably overly simplistic anyway. I’ve also read some about “Anglo-Catholics”, which I think are different and seem to be more of a “Reformed Catholic/Catholic” mix. No, I don’t really understand it, either.
I’d ask someone to help me figure it out, but everyone is so damn sensitive about those sorts of things.
Anyway, does anyone who lives in the UK have a comment about this? Is this move going to be seen as a big deal?
I’m just asking out of curiosity and wondering if it means anything politically. Don’t start a war, or anything.