Pope could cancel his visit to the UK

27 04 2010

The Pope could cancel his planned visit to Britain because of a “hugely offensive” Foreign Office memo mocking his stance on abortion and birth control.

This comes from senior papal aids within the vatican in the wake of a leaked memo which suggested that during his visit the pope should launch his own brand of condoms, bless a gay marriage and open an abortion clinic.

The memo, sent out in March following a “brainstorm” session by Foreign Office staff who are helping prepare for Pope Benedict XVI’s visit in September, warned recipients that the contents “should not be shared externally” because the offending document, titled “The Ideal Visit”, contained “even the most far-fetched of ideas”.

“As well as suggesting the launch of “Benedict” condoms, the memo also proposed that the Pope should “announce sacking of dodgy bishops”, sponsor a network of AIDS clinics, conduct a training course for bishops on child abuse allegations and ordain a female priest.

Embarrassingly for the Queen it also suggested getting the Pope and Her Majesty to sing a duet for charity and changing the national anthem from God Save The Queen to God Save the World.”

“One highly placed source in the Vatican said: “This could have very severe repercussions and is embarrassing for the British government – one has to question whether the action taken is enough.

“It is disgusting. Britain’s ambassador to the Holy See has been in to see the Secretary of State and explain what happened and this will all be relayed to the Pope.

“It’s even possible the trip could be cancelled as this matter is hugely offensive.”

The full article can be seen here in the Telegraph.

Whilst I don’t really think that sitting around insulting the pope and the catholic church is a good use of tax payers money I do think that this memo serves a purpose that maybe it wasn’t intended to.

It serves to reinforce the fact that to a lot of people out there the catholic church is a joke and the current pope an even bigger joke.

Yes I can understand that the vatican is miffed about this I would be too if I were them; however they should put aside some of their indignation for a second and actually look at what is being said and why.

Most people these days are a little shocked and bemused that the Vatican so stubbornly sticks to their outdated ideas and prejudices and make absolutely zero effort to move with the times.

Maybe the pope, the vatican and the catholic church as a whole should take a long hard look at that memo and rather than being outrage should instead run their own brainstorming session as to how they can change so that they are no longer the butt of the jokes.

On a different note I can’t wait to see what these “severe  repercussions” ar for Britain trade sanctions maybe?

Perhaps if things aren’t resolved to their liking we will soon finding a national shortage of plaster statues, bleeding heart paintings, communion wafers and clerical abuse on children.

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Paedophile Priests compared to Holocaust victims by the Vatican

3 04 2010

As part of a Good Friday sermon the Pope’s personal preacher, Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa, likened the  ” accusations against the pope and the church in the sex abuse scandal to “collective violence” suffered by the Jews.”  he then went onto say that a Jewish friend had said that the accusations reminded him of the more shameful elements of Anti-Semitism.

You can view the full story from AP here.

Now I don’t know how anyone else feels about this but personally I can’t help but think what the fuck are they on about, seriously.

How the fuck can you say that people accusing members of the clergy of sexual abuse and paedophilia is comparable with the imprisonment, torture and and genocide of over 6 million people.

For starters, these aren’t empty allegations; i they had all proven to be false they would have a point, it would be seriously stretching things but they would have a point, just. But they don’t.

The church and the Pope have been issuing apologies lef, right and centre for destroying the lives of thousands; all this sermon does is completely invalidate those apologies and make it look like the church is the victim.

Maybe if the Catholic Church didn’t want to be on the receiving end of these allegations they shouldn’t have covered up these abuse cases and should have done something about it at the time as opposed to brushing it under the carpet and hoping it would all go away.

Maybe there is something that I am missing here, maybe what we aren’t being told by the media is that each time a new allegation is made secret service police are bursting into churches, rounding up Priests an shipping them off to death camps…








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