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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair Becomes a Catholic

Filed under: History,Religion,World — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Paddy Wallbouncer @ 6:30 pm 2007 December 22

Tony Blair decided to switch religions. He was formerly a part of the Church of England (the COE) also referred to as the Anglican Church. Speculation centers on his switch to Catholicism as an opportunity to receive holy communion and be forgiven for all his sins committed while in office. Others note that his wife and four children are Catholic, and the change was seen as a natural progression which was one that should wait until his duties as Prime Minister were complete.

Catholicism has a notorious past in England. Guy Fawks, a catholic terrorist in England, attempted to blow up the Parliament buildings on November 5 1605. His plan was foiled by the righteous powers of government at the time, and after a confession obtained under torture, he and his conspirators were summarily executed.

The day is commemorated in England with a bonfire, and is known nationally as “bonfire night.” In the early days of the celebration, the effigy was a likeness of the Catholic Pope. Today it’s an accepted notion that the effigy is that of Guy Fawks. The anti-Catholic sentiments have long since abated, and today is more of a good reason to have a nice fire in the Autumn night. We’ll be looking on November 5th 2008 for burning Effigies of Tony Blair.

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