LONDON (CNS): The wife of British Prime Minister Cherie Blair said being a parent helped her return to her Catholic faith.
In her most candid public reflection on her religious beliefs, Cherie Blair described herself as a feminist with an “enduring soft spot for the Virgin Mary”.
“She, for me, is an important part of Catholicism, because I passionately believe there is no more important role in life than motherhood,” Mrs Blair said in London’s The Independent newspaper on June 5.
Mrs Blair, a mother of four children, is a successful lawyer who practises under her maiden name, Cherie Booth, and who specialises in the area of human rights.
On June 6, she gave a sold-out talk in Washington called “The Goldfish Bowl of No 10”, which is also the name of her book. The title is a reference to No 10 Downing St, where her family has lived since 1997, when her husband became Prime Minister.
The article on her religious faith was an extract from the upcoming book Why I Am Still a Catholic by Catholic journalist Peter Stanford.
Mrs Blair said she lapsed from the faith while studying law, and she still disagrees with the Church’s attitude on the role of women and its prohibition on contraception.
‘I never felt I left the Church,’ she said. ‘But like many others, it was once I became a parent that I started to go back to Mass regularly.
‘I wanted my children to be brought up as Catholics, with a sense of religion and the routine of religion.’
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