A big kerfuffle this weekend about the Pope, with the rather juvenile suggestions made by junior Foreign Office wallahs, as to what the Pope might do, on his visit to Britain, amongst the suggestions he should launch a brand of condoms, bless a gay couple etc.
Now for me, in the world I live, this sort of suggestion would be amusing in a refreshing non-politically correct sort of way, that would make most laugh, so exactly what is the British government saying sorry for?
Yes now, the comments are in the public domain, the government has to apologise, since the Pope leads a community of mainly law abiding decent people, but here is a list of things that also need addressing, firstly how did a presumably confidential document get in the public domain?
More importantly the “humour” was based on the rather challenging assertions of the Catholic Church which clashes with the majority non religious less prejudiced attitude of your average Brit.
A sense of proportion is needed, setting aside child abusing priests, I think when worrying about the sensibilities of the Catholic Church and or the British government, both along with other “christians” have a history of mistreating children during the 1940’s, 50’s and well into the 1960’s children were removed from this country to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa & Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) without the knowledge of parents, a total of 130,000 in a reckless social policy aimed at populating the former Empire with “good, white British stock”
It took more than over 50 years for a British Prime Minster to apologise to 130,000 British citizens, many having been sent as cheap labour or to be used and abused in institutions run by “christians”.
Anyhow an apology is certainly due to the Pope but what the hell, what’s the rush, if you can wait 50 years to apologise to citizens forcibly removed from family and sent half around the world I think a priest even the Pope can hang fire for a day or two.
British hypocrisy is nothing, if not grotesque, still if you couldn’t have a laugh, you’d only cry.
P.S. no apology from Bignews Margate for thinking the F.O. officials ought to be congratulated for their sense of humour, pity they don’t represent public opinion more often.