Sunday, March 1, 2009

Benedict XVI and the Blairs: For Mac

I think I can do this without violating my Lenten blogolutions.

Shortly after Tony Blair's retirement as Prime Minister, he and his wife were received in private Audience by Pope Benedict. They presented him with an oil painting of Cardinal Newman. As the gift was being handed over, Mrs Blair is alleged to have said she did not know how much the Pope knew about this, but Catholics in England were praying very hard for the beatification of Newman.

I trust our dear Holy Father, ever the gentleman and master of irony, left a discreet pause before making his alleged reply:
" I'm sure you are, but the trouble is.........miracles take a little longer in England."