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By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 21, 2006

The photo shows Cherie Blair, wife of British PM Tony Blair, offering a journalist a prophylactic at a Planned Parenthood Latex Fest some months ago. If anyone as ditzy as she could be called "staunch," Blair is a staunch advocate of state-administered population control -- and besides, she thinks condoms are cute.

Ms. Blair has recently been named by The Tablet as Number 3 on its list of Britain's most influential lay Catholics. The influence lay Catholics wield is not, in the The Tablet's judgment, influence in the interest of things Catholic.

Then again, the previous editor of The Tablet received -- from the then-nuncio -- a papal knighthood in recognition of his own services to sterility. It's pretty clear that these folks have an excellent idea of the kind of thing careerist ecclesiastics want to hear. Come to think of it, if I held Church doctrine in the same esteem as do they, I'd probably want to give Blair a gong as well. Didn't Wolsey, after all, bag a Golden Rose for Henry VIII? -- that was before Ann Boleyn put Henry on the list of Britain's 10 Most Influential Anglicans.

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  • Posted by: Fr T (UK) - Apr. 30, 2006 2:32 PM ET USA

    I told you so - she was received in private audience this week......

  • Posted by: Cantor Rich - Mar. 23, 2006 2:28 AM ET USA

    Ah, Diogenes, you take my breath away. Glad I left before this lot took over. Fr T, you hit the nail on the head. The average Catholic has as much chance of being invited to(and being feted) by the Holy See as I have being invited around to Buckingham for tea. What an asinine picture. And she's the CATHOLIC spouse.

  • Posted by: Fr T (UK) - Mar. 21, 2006 7:02 PM ET USA

    Oh she'll no doubt be feted with tea by the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, and next time (if there is one) 'Tony' is at the Vatican she'll no doubt be flown across to Rome with their brood of cohabitees to meet Pope Benedict (as they were flown over at short notice to attend Pope John Paul's 'private' Mass after Dad had met him). i.e. more than any loyal, faitfhul Catholic from the lower eschelons of British society might ever hope for!

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Mar. 21, 2006 5:47 PM ET USA

    She's talking about touching.

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