A warm welcome to Tony Blair, whatever the wildly untypical clique of pseudo-aristocratic pseudo-Tories (because neocons are not really Tories at all) might say from the platform given to them by their public school and Oxbridge mates in the BBC. How orthodox were they when they cheered on the Iraq War? How orthodox are they now, when they continue to defend it?
Having made the Profession of Faith, Blair has a compendium of everything to which he has now publicly assented. It is the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the promulgation of which was as clear an expression as there has ever been of the charism of infallibility given by God to the Episcopal College throughout the world in union with, and by definition including, the Roman Pontiff. Every word of the Catechism is absolutely binding for all time, to no one’s realistic surprise.
It is to every one of those words that one assents by making the Profession of Faith, as Blair has now done. So, by making that Profession, he has in fact recanted his former support for abortion, doctor-assisted suicide, stem cell “research” (on which scientists have now pretty much given up anyway), forcing Catholic adoption agencies out of existence, the Iraq War, and economic policies of exactly the kind that Catholic Social Teaching has been developed in order to prevent and counteract. Hasn’t he?