Once long ago, Tony Blair wooed the Labour Party.
‘I forsake all other politics, you are the very one for me’ he trilled, fluttering his bambi eyelashes.
He spent the next three decades, like many a wife before him, nagging and sulking until he had fashioned them into a new image – ‘the third way’ – before he got bored and left them broke and disillusioned to the suffocating embrace of Gordon Brown. They still haven’t recovered.
His intense flirtation with the Vatican has followed a similar path. First the avowed commitment, then the demand for ‘a third way’ – this time it was ‘child abuse, still no wives, but you should allow homosexuality’. He cannot let his lovers be.
He voted to retain the 24 week limit on abortions, and championed civil partnerships before he pledged his troth to the Holy See. He has yet to repudiate either view.
His grandiose ‘Tony Blair Faith Foundation’ stands accused by Belgium’s Father Michael Schooyans of having the aim of ‘remaking the major religions’ to impose ‘a politically correct interpretation of the Sacred Scriptures’ to further his ‘messianic’ belief in Human Rights legislation.
“The fresh “convert” does not hesitate to explain to the pope not only what he must do, but also what he must believe! Is he Catholic? Blair does not believe in the authority of the Pope.”
“Is he Catholic?” – how often was the cry “Is he Labour” heard?
Next week, the Pope will arrive in a Britain of bitterly opposing religious beliefs, occasioned in part by Tony Blair’s social engineering and open borders policy.
It promises to be a lively visit as the Pope travels around, accompanied by the same Tony Blair who cancelled his recent book signing visits under a hail of shoes and insults for fear of ‘inconveniencing’ the faithful, but who is unlikely to give up his place in the Papal procession. The devoutly Catholic Cherie would never forgive him.
The antipathy towards the Pope’s visit is visibly mounting in the media.
The gay lobby was up and running long ago – Peter Tatchell’s bitter documentary is due to be aired on Monday, blaming the Pope for incidents of sexual abuse that occurred long before he even became a Bishop, and linking him to the ‘Holocaust denial’ views of one suspended bishop.
The modern witch-hunters of paedophilia will be screaming loud and clear; the Pope is head of an organisation that has long put its adherence to canonical law before any belief in the secular judicial system. It is hard to believe sometimes that paedophilia occurs in every country, every religion, and every organisation – to read on the Internet you would think it was the exclusive preserve of Catholic priests and Senior British Governmental figures. Would that it were.
On Wednesday night, the fearsome Geoffrey Robertson, doyen of Human Rights lawyers, was demanding to know why the United Nations ‘allowed’ the Vatican to be an independent sovereign state. You can but try to imagine the outrage if a speaker in the Vatican was to question the right of the United Kingdom to be an independent sovereign state!
Catholics would be well advised to don flak jackets along with their mantillas. They are set to become next week’s candidates for re-education of their misguided beliefs, firmly in the gun sights of the ‘truly righteous’ – the secularists.
Still, the smokers, drinkers, and junk food guzzlers amongst us should get a bit of peace.