Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Blair: it would have been a 'palaver' to convert while PM

Briefing: it has proved too much of a 'palaver' for Tony Blair to convert at all - even though he went through the ceremony of reception into the Church.

From the BBC: Tony Blair has been explaining his decision to delay converting to Roman Catholicism until after he had resigned as prime minister.
He said it would have been a "palaver" if he had acted while in office.
In a BBC interview, Mr Blair denied suggestions he had delayed the decision out of fear it would be harder to be prime minister as a Roman Catholic.

See the full story here.

1 comment:

umblepie said...

I have to confess that I didn't know the meaning of the word 'palaver'. Looking it up in my Concise Oxford Dictionary, I see it defined as ; n. Conference, (prolonged) discussion, esp. between African or other natives and traders etc.; profuse or idle talk; cajolery; (sl)affair, business. It seems rather a strange word for Tony Blair to use in the context of conversion to the Catholic Faith? Or, and this question has to be asked of such a public figure, was this statement itself an excellent example of just such a 'palaver'?

Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen