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. I am trying to understand why this would be a bad thing.
Here’s the image of the claimed memo, published by the Telegraph.
I was expecting a whole list like the condom item, but many of these are serious issues on which the world’s Catholics are diverging further and further from their leadership. Why shouldn’t these issues be on the agenda for a visit by the Church’s leader to a modern, civilized nation?
In text format:
Launch of ‘Benedict’ condoms
Review of Vatican attitude on condom use
Bless a civil partnership
Reversal of policy on women bishops/ordain woman
Open an abortion ward
Speech on equality
Statement on views over adoption (change of stance)
Training course for all bishops on child abuse allegations
Harder line on child abuse—announce sacking of dodgy bishops
Vatican sponsorship for network of AIDS clinics
Meet young unemployed people
Canonise/pseudo canonise a group
Announce whistle blowing system for child abuse cases
Go to job centre
Debate on abortion
All catholic schools should be free entry to all
Speech on democracy
Vatican and C of E funded committee on dialogue
Launch helpline for abused children
Why is the UK so eager to make nice with someone who heads an organization with so much to answer for?