TONY AND JOHN PAUL….You have to love this headline in the London Times today:

Pope’s ruling bars Blair from taking Communion with family

Wow! The pope must really be pissed off at Tony over this Iraq thing. Hoo boy.

Well, no: it turns out that John Paul II is just planning to issue an encyclical that generally forbids Protestants from taking Communion, something that Blair doesn’t even do (athough he used to receive it years ago along with his Catholic wife, Cherie). Nothing personal about it.

I just love the British press.

UPDATE: Wording changed slightly for accuracy. I got a surprising amount of mail about this explaining that Blair has an ongoing flirtation with Catholicism, which is quite true. The Times story does a pretty good job of summarizing it if you’re interested.