The Benedict Condom
April 25, 2010 2:34 AM Subscribe
The Benedict Condom:
The British Government has apologised to the Pope over official documents that mocked his forthcoming visit to the UK by suggesting he should bless a gay marriage and even launch Papal-branded condoms.
Reportedly a "junior official" at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office circulated a list of suggestions
for events to make the visit newsworthy, according to the Daily Telegraph. Other suggestions included spending the night in a council flat in Bradford, doing forward rolls with children to promote healthy living, and even performing a duet with the Queen. Our (hapless) Man in the Vatican
has crossed the Tiber to offer apologies, and one senior FCO official was found responsible and has been transferred to other duties.
comments: "How serious and far-reaching the effect of the document is depends partly on how the Church itself responds." On recent form
, this may not be a very optimistic view.
Unsurprisingly, the news has not appeared on the website
of the UK Embassy to the Holy See.
As a former junior FCO official in another lifetime, I am dying to know who was responsible...