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    Default Blair Converts To Catholicism

    BBC NEWS | UK | Tony Blair joins Catholic faith

    Why do this? What purpose does it serve politically?

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    I have no love for the guy, but I think it's genuine. That's not to say that I think that much of his practice of his faith, but I do think it comes from genuine (if sometimes misguided) convictions.

    But I also think that since he works as peace envoy in the Middle East, it doesn't hurt to disassociate himself from the Anglican Communion, which is currently suffering a blow to reputation thanks to Mugabe and his stooges.

    There are many Anglicans who are Catholics (Anglo-Catholics - I'm one of them); the jump over to Rome isn't so great for some (though would be for me).

    Should be noted by Americans however, how he refrained from talking about religion as PM because he didn't want to be seen as a 'nutter'. I've often thought it illustrated a huge difference between British and American culture, that US Presidents freely talk about trusting in God and doing God's will and stuff like that, whilst in the UK no leader who talked like that would be taken seriously. Illustrates the huge difference in religious climate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ezra View Post
    BBC NEWS | UK | Tony Blair joins Catholic faith

    Why do this? What purpose does it serve politically?
    Why do you assume a decision he has made after exiting the realm of electoral politics has to be political?

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    I assume it's not political. I mean, apparently he's been quietly attending Catholic Mass for quite a while. In fact, it looks like he deliberately waited until he was no longer PM to convert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ezra View Post
    BBC NEWS | UK | Tony Blair joins Catholic faith

    Why do this? What purpose does it serve politically?
    The article says it was something he couldn't do while he was still PM but that he probably had wanted to do it for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lowtech redneck View Post
    Why do you assume a decision he has made after exiting the realm of electoral politics has to be political?
    Once political, always political.

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