May 28, 2009

Archbishop Nichols criticises Blair’s pro-gay Catholicism

by David Masters

The Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, has reproached Tony Blair for his views on homosexuality.

The leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales said Blair’s attempt to change the Church’s teaching on homosexuality is ‘extraordinary’.

Last month, Blair gave an interview in which he questioned the Pope’s line on same-sex relationships and called upon Catholic leaders to ‘rethink’ the issue.

Nichols criticised Blair’s views as being based upon “political instinct” rather than “the nature of truth”.

Blair’s “political instincts, which are very strong, are not a good guide to the teachings of the Catholic Church,” Nichols said in an interview with the Sunday Times.

“A bit more reflection is needed as to the relationship between political instinct in general – and certainly [Blair’s] – and the nature of the truth that the church tries to put forward,” Nichols added.

The Archbishop also indicated that he will not be pushing for a change in the law to allow Catholics to marry the heir to the throne.

“It’s not a grievance that Catholics carry heavily,” Nichols said.

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