Former British Prime MinisterTony Blair
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has criticised the Vatican for its policy on homosexuality. Blair said in an interview with gay magazine Attitude that the Vatican has “entrenched attitudes” towards homosexuality.
“There are many good and great things the Catholic Church does, and there are many fantastic things this Pope stands for, but I think what is interesting is that if you went into any Catholic Church, particularly a well attended one, on any Sunday here and did a poll of the congregation, you’d be surprised at how liberal-minded people were.”
Blair, who converted to Catholicism after leaving office in 2007, said that he wanted to urge religious figures everywhere to reinterpret their religious texts to see them as metaphorical, not literal, and suggested that in time this would make all religious groups accept gay people as equals.
“When people quote the passages in Leviticus condemning homosexuality, I say to them — if you read the whole of the Old Testament and took everything that was there in a literal way, as being what God and religion is about, you’d have some pretty tough policies across the whole of the piece,” said Blair.
However, the Pope remains firmly opposed to any change in the Church’s traditional stance on homosexuality, contraception or any other area of human sexuality.
He has described homosexuality as a “tendency” towards an “intrinsic moral evil”, comparing the “threat” of homosexuality to the destruction of the rainforests.