Vatican’s Kool Fatwa Reaction

The Foreign Office produced an “official” document from a brain storming session to consider the Pope’s up-coming UK tour under the heading: “The ideal visit would see…” It was distributed to officials in Whitehall and Downing Street preparing for the historic visit in September. It suggested Britain should mark the Pope’s visit by asking him to open an abortion clinic, bless a gay marriage and launch a range of Benedict-branded condoms. It also suggested Benedict XVI could show his hard line on the sensitive issue of child abuse allegations against Roman Catholic priests by “sacking some dodgy bishops” and launching a helpline for abused children. Predictably the Vatican went completely ape and threatened to cancel the visit. Now the Foreign Office has admitted the individual responsible for the paper has been transferred to the Prime Minister’s election campaign team.

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