Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Papacy Is Already A Joke-- What's A Few More?

Britain's Foreign Office issued a hasty apology to Pope Benedict XVI after publication of an internal memo in which officials joked he could open an abortion clinic, launch a range of condoms or sing a duet with Queen Elizabeth II during a four-day visit in September.

Junior officials wrote the memo following a brainstorming session intended to discuss ideas for the visit, the first to Britain by the head of the Roman Catholic Church since Pope John Paul II in 1982.

The document, which suggested that surprise reality TV star Susan Boyle was more important than the Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols (head of the Catholic Church in England), also proposed the pope could bless a gay marriage, establish a hot line for abused children, or honor abuse whistleblowers.

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