Archbishop Vincent Nichols has attacked Tony Blair for his “extraordinary” attempt to lecture the Pope on the subject of homosexuality, adding that the former PM is “not a good guide to the teachings of the Catholic Church”.
His intervention is in sharp contrast to the warm, even cosy, relationship between Blair and Archbishop’s House during the period of Nichols’s predecessor, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor. It will make it very difficult for the Cardinal to join Blair’s Faith Foundation as an adviser, as has been mooted.
In an interview with Dominic Lawson, Archbishop Nichols also indicates that he has little interest in changing the law to allow Catholics to marry the heir to the throne. It is “not a grievance that Catholics carry heavily,” he says. The position of the Queen and the monarchy would have to be handled very sensitively because it was “one of the key components of the English identity”.
Maybe Blair and Pelosi can start a theology club.