Leading British lawyer and committed Catholic Cherie Blair investigates Christianity over the last 100 years and explores its future prospects.Cherie Blair is quoted by the Sunday Times as follows:
..when it comes to the public face of Christianity, now women are virtually invisible.
Like, for example, Mary Ann Glendon. Until President Obama was elected, the US Ambassador to the Holy See. And she is a professor of Law at Harvard. And she is is still, I think, president of the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences. Like, she is a pretty visible Catholic woman. And she has a high profile position in a Pontifical Academy.
Like, for example, Chiara Lubich. Founder, and the spiritual source, of the Focolare Movement. Founder and leader of a movement spread throughout the Church, and which leads in many ways the dialogue between the Church and different areas of contemporary life - economics, politics, the media - under a heading "Culture of Unity". Oh, and the constitutions of the Focolare Movement mean that the President can only be a woman .... Like, Chiara was a pretty visible Catholic woman, as is her successor Maria Emmaus Voce.
But there is a difference between women like this and Cherie Blair. They are women who are visibly faithful to the Church. Cherie, for all her high profile, is not known for the Catholic nature of that profile. Is she really, as The Sunday Times suggests, "one of the most influential lay figures in the Catholic Church"?