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"I Can Use Contraception and Still Be A Good Catholic Girl"

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This is not the remark of a lovelorn parochial school teenager but Great Britain’s ex Prime Minister Tony Blair’s 53-year old wife, Cherie. No word from Tony Blair, who converted to Catholicism after leaving his Downing Street office last year.

“People seem to be quite shocked that perhaps a Catholic girl even uses contraception but it is really an important thing for women because one of the things about the book is about how women’s lives have changed,” Mrs Blair told Ms Kelly.

“One of the reasons women’s lives have changed is that they have been able to control their fertility, it is an important issue.”

Mrs Blair’s remarks came after she spoke of the 10 “fantastic” years she had enjoyed in Downing Street, a time when she had met the Queen and two Popes.

She said meeting two Popes was a “huge thing” for a “good Catholic girl”.

Mrs Blair’s remarks on contraception come after Pope Benedict XVI earlier this month strongly defended the 1968 Papal encyclical Humanae Vitae, the controversial Papal document against artificial birth control.

The WWII song “How You Going To Keep ‘Em Down On The Farm, After They’ve Seen Paree” comes to mind. How is the Catholic Church going to stop the blatant worldwide use of birth control?

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Written by smalltalkwitht

May 20, 2008 at 11:29 pm

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