Tuesday, 29 September 2009

The Pope's Visit in the UK (2010)

It was announced this week that Gordon Brown has officially invited Pope Ratzinger to visit UK. This he will do next year. Already, protests are announced (in Brighton, tomorrow) against the invitation and a Facebook group has been created for longer term action.

Today Tanya Gold has published a damning summary of the Catholic Church's actions in the Guardian.
Ignore the bells and the smells and the lovely Raphaels, the Pope's visit to Britain is nothing to celebrate. Gordon Brown is 'delighted', David Cameron is 'delighted'. I am 'repelled'.
Read the full article here.

In the meantime, the Vatican has come out with a little gem of hypocritical bad faith (!), stating "that the problems with clerical sex abuse in other churches were as big, if not bigger."

I suppose that makes it ok, then. right?


  1. I read it and thought it was a great article. I wholly concur.


  2. Very thought provoking article by Tanya Gold.

    I have no time for the Catholic Church and abhor the Pope's stance on Gays.

    But midst frustration and fury I also believe that many Catholics do good, and by no means always adhere to the edicts.

    A key sentence from Gold sums up my attitude to the proposed visit, Let him come, I applaud freedom of speech. But no red carpets please.


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