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How Queer
June 24, 2007, 5:27 pm
Filed under: Religion, Sex, The Pope is Gay, Tony Blair

An unintentionally amusing aside from the Pope features in the Daily Mail’s report on Tony Blair’s recent visit to the Vatican:

Mr Blair, joined by his wife Cherie, presented Benedict with a framed set of three antique pictures of Cardinal Newman, who converted in 1845 after more than 20 years in the Church of England clergy and is now a candidate for sainthood.

Mrs Blair said: “I believe you are very familiar with him and he is on the journey to sainthood.”

To which the Pope responded: “Yes, yes, although it is taking some time – miracles are hard to come by in Britain.”

Well, quite.

How bizarre that Blair, who has not only voted for, but initiated, legislation on stem-cell research, gay rights* and the like should want to convert to a sect that is avowedly opposed to everything that he has argued for over the past ten years. Even more bizarre that the Vatican would consider granting his request. Still, never does any harm to have a bit of talent on the books, does it?

Michael P

*Since it is unlikely that Joseph Ratzinger is going to take out a libel suit against me I think it worth mentioning the story imparted to me by an Italian friend, better versed inVatican gossip than I, to the effect that His Holiness used to be in the habit (if you pardon the pun) of taking holidays with his male private secretary. More unsubstantiated and irresponsible speculation here.



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