Blair ‘Drafting Queen’s Apology to the Pope’
Report from the English Churchman 6&13 October, 2000
According to a release from the Episcopal News Service [USA] Mr. Blair will play a part in drafting the Queen’s message to the Pope.
It says, ‘Queen Elizabeth II of England and Pope John Paul II will express regret about religious conflicts of the past when they meet in October. The meeting, the third between the Queen and the Pope, will take place during her state visit to Italy.
‘According to a report, the two will exchange written statements which would reveal their sorrow about misdeeds committed in the names of both their churches. ‘There has never been an acknowledgment of the wrongs done to the Catholic population and such a gesture would be very welcome,’ said a senior Catholic bishop. The Pope’s apologetic mood coincides with Prime Minister Tony Blair’s wish to atone for the past.
Blair recently apologised for the Irish Potato Famine and to the unjustly jailed Guildford Four. Blair will play a part in drafting the Queen’s message to the Pope.’
[Report from the English Churchman 6&13 October, 2000]