The New York Times account (click on this post's title) says:
"Mr. Blair also faced concerns within the Catholic hierarchy in London and Rome, centering on policies adopted by his government during his 10 years in power that drew fierce criticism from the conservative hierarchy of the church. Among these were the Blair government’s support for stem cell research, gay adoptions and the legalization of gay civil unions, as well as its resistance to toughening Britain’s abortion laws."
The news report also says:
"According to the Catholic custom ordinarily followed in Britain, a convert, before acceptance at communion, is usually required to undergo the Rite of Reception, which includes the declaration, 'I believe and profess all that the Holy Catholic Church believes, teaches and proclaims to be revealed by God.'"
The article also says:
"John Smeaton, who heads the British Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, said in an interview published earlier this month in The Spectator, a weekly journal popular among conservatives: 'We need to hear a full repudiation from him. Without one, having Blair as a Catholic is like having a vegetarian in a meat-eating club. It simply does not make sense.'"
If Blair is still pro-abortion, pro-contraception and pro-sodomy, as he was duirng his prime ministership, they could have received him into the Church and excommunicated him all in the same ceremony, to save time.
If Blair has repented, the Church needs to tell us that, or else he does, or both should, in order to avoid scandal.