Tony Blair’s reception into the Catholic Church this Christmas season also is a reminder of how silly the speculation was that the former British prime minister would announce his conversion at the Al Smith Dinner in New York City when it was held a couple months back. Judging from our story, it certainly seems more logical that his reception would be private and that it would be revealed via a low-key announcement.
If you missed it, our own Paul Haring wrote earlier this fall about covering the dinner as a photographer. Whether the speculation was silly or not, no photographer wants to miss a big moment like that. But as Paul noted after the announcement in the Waldorf-Astoria ballroom never came, “maybe this wasn’t the right spot for Blair to reveal something so personal and meaningful.”
PHOTO: Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair speaks at the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner Oct. 18 in New York City. (CNS/Paul Haring)