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Letter: Blair religion row.

Byline: Ian Payne

I PROTESTED in the highest terms during June 2007 about my dissatisfaction with Tony Blair's wish to become a Catholic. I still feel strongly about the whole matter.

In a letter from Archbishop Murphy O'Connor's secretary on June 26, 2007, I was told that Blair would need to go through a variety of issues relating to church discipline and doctrine, including the fact that there is always a period of instruction before anyone is accepted into the Catholic Church.

When I wrote to the Bishop of Birmingham, all I received was a thank you for my comments. Very diplomatic.

All I can say about Tony Blair becoming a Catholic is that I hope he never forgets the turmoil, distress and loss he has caused numerous families and individuals in Iraq, Afghanistan, the US and the UK since embarking on this disastrous war.

Ian Payne, Walsall
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Jan 8, 2008
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