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UK apologizes to Vatican over Pope visit jokes

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  1. MziziMkavu

    MziziMkavu JF-Expert Member

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    [​IMG] AP – Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, foreground, greets Pope Benedict XVI, center, during a special audience for …

    By DAVID STRINGER, Associated Press Writer David Stringer, Associated Press Writer – 1 hr 25 mins ago
    LONDON – Britain's Foreign Office issued a hasty apology Sunday 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.
    The document, sections of which were published in the Sunday Telegraph newspaper, also proposed the pope could bless a gay marriage, and acknowledge the clerical sex abuse scandal by establishing a hot line for abused children, or honoring abuse whistleblowers.
    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.
    Though some included advice for Britain's government on how to approach the abuse scandal, the ministry condemned many of the proposals as "ill-judged, naive and disrespectful."
    Britain's ambassador to the Vatican, Francis Campbell, met senior Vatican officials offer a formal apology and one individual involved in drafting the memo has been transferred to other duties, the ministry said.
    "The Foreign Office very much regrets this incident and is deeply sorry for the offense which it has caused," the ministry said in a statement. "We strongly value the close and productive relationship between the U.K. government and the Holy See and look forward to deepening this further with the visit of Pope Benedict to the U.K."
    The document featured a diagram listing people likely to have an influential role during, or in commenting on, the visit — which ranked Scottish singer Susan Boyle, the surprise reality television star, as more important than Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols, the head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.
    An accompanying note acknowledged many of the ideas contained in the memo were extreme. "These should not be shared externally...," it read, explaining the document was "the product of a brainstorm which took into account even the most far-fetched of ideas."
    Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said an apology from Britain had been received through the Holy See's embassy. "They supplied all the explanations, and there is nothing to add," Lombardi said.
    Britain's Scotland Secretary Jim Murphy on Sunday branded the suggestions contained in the memo as despicable. "These are vile, they're insulting, an embarrassment, and on behalf of the whole of the United Kingdom, I would want to apologize," he said, during an election debate.
    During his visit to Scotland and England, Pope Benedict XVI will give a speech in London, attend an ecumenical service at Westminster Abbey and conduct a public mass in Glasgow's Bellahouston Park.
    Associated Press Writer Frances D'Emilio in Rome contributed to this report.

  2. Gaijin

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    waingereza hasa siasa zao huwa zinanifurahisha....mmh
  3. Junius

    Junius JF-Expert Member

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    Baba Mtakatifu huenda akashtakiwa

    Mtu mmoja ambaye anasema alidhulumiwa kimapenzi na padre mmoja Mmarekani, sasa anajaribu kumfungulia mashtaka kiongozi wa kanisa Katoliki Baba Mtakatifu Benedict wa 16 na makao makuu ya kanisa hilo Vatican.
    Mawakili wa mtu huyo wanataka kanisa hilo kutoa faili zote za siri inazoshikilia kuhusu kesi hiyo inayomkabili Padre Lawrence Murphy.

    Kasisi huyo anatuhimwa kuwadhulumu takribani watoto mia mbili katika kipindi cha miaka kumi, katika shule moja ya watoto visiwi mjini Milwaukee.

    Makao makuu ya Papa hayajatoa tamko lolote kuhusu kesi hiyo, lakini kisheria Papa ana kinga ya kuzuia mashtaka yoyote dhidi yake.

    Mawakili hao wanasema malalamiko hayo ya unyanyasaji yaliwasilishwa kwa kamati kuu ya kanisa hilo, kwa wakati huo ikiongozwa na Kadinali Ratzinger ambaye kwa sasa ni Papa Benedict wa 16.

  4. PlanckScale

    PlanckScale JF-Expert Member

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    Hivi ndugu yangu, kwa yote ambayo tumeyasikia yakifwanywa na hilo kanisa la kikatoliki na chini ya ungozi wa hao mambabu wakizungu, huyo jamaa ana stahili kuendelea kuitwa "BABA MTAKATIFU" ??