The Pope's historic visit to Britain is in disarray as the costs spiral and doubts increase over the schedule.
The proportion of the bill that must be paid by the Catholic Church is being put at as much as £14m (€16.7m) -- twice the earlier estimate. It could lead to events being scaled down or cancelled. Photo
The British government has not yet appointed a minister to coordinate the first-ever papal state visit to the country. A new team of civil servants had to be assembled after outrage over a leaked memo suggesting that Pope Benedict XVI launch a range of condoms or open an abortion clinic.
Preparations were also affected by the ill health of Archbishop Faustino Sainz Munoz, the Pope's ambassador to Britain, who had a stroke last month. One senior figure who attended a meeting of the church's organising committee was heard to say of the visit: "It's like buying a ticket for the Titanic." Read more - By Martin Beckford - June 3, 2010 - Irish Independent
Tony Blair tells the Pope: you're wrong on homosexuality
April 8, 2009 – Times Online
Functional Anatomy of HUMOR: Positive Affect and Chronic Mental Illness – Journal of Neuropsychiatry & Clinical Neurosciences
Katherine H. Taber, Ph.D., Maurice Redden, M.D.
and Robin A. Hurley, M.D.
“Benedict-branded" Condoms - UK Junior Civil Servant’s memo
“But the Emperor has nothing at all on!” Said A Little Child
“Benedict XVI Could Take A Big Step Toward Greater Transparency By Appointing An INDEPENDENT COMMISSION With No Ties To The Vatican…” – April 30, 2010 - The Hartford Courant
Benedict XVI Promotes Discrimination Laws Against Gays & Welcomes Anglicans Who Agree – Visit To Britain Scale Back Events
British leaders join forces against Pope Benedict XVI – by Peter Wilson –
April 24, 2010 - The Australian
J.K. Rowling - The Power of Human Empathy, Leading to Collective Action, Saves Lives, and Frees Prisoners
Looking for Leadership in a Storm – Katrina - September 3, 2005 - by Linda Wertheimer – National Public Radio (NPR)
Who Can Mock This Church?
By Nicholas D. Kristof – The New York Times
Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse Cases - The New York Times
More ripples appear for Catholic Church
Sapa-AFP – Daily Dispatch Online – 4/30/10
Hurricane Katrina - Nancy Pelosi - Washington, DC – 2005
Accountability Benedict XVI Child Sexual Abuse
Abuse coverup reports hardly unfair to pope –
by BILL GOUVEIA - Attleboro Sun Chronicle
It's not the sex. It's the cover-up
by Matt Gurney, NP Editor, April 15, 2010 – National Post
LASTING GAY RELATIONSHIPS DESERVE RESPECT - Roman Catholic Cardinal Schönborn of Vienna
By David Gibson - May 18, 2010 - Politics Daily -
It's Not About Homosexuality:
Blaming the Wrong People for the Sexual Abuse Crisis
by Rev. James Martin, S.J. – The Huffington Post
Victims slam 'blame-shifting' Vatican
AFP - The Sydney Morning Herald – smh.com.au
Gay priests are not paedophiles
by Austen Ivereigh – guardian.co.uk
Professor's view: Witch hunt for gay priests off base
when target should be child abusers
By: Iver Bogen, University of Minnesota Duluth - Duluth News Tribune read more
New Catholic Sex Abuse Findings:
Gay Priests Are Not the Problem
by DAVID GIBSON – Politics Daily - November 18, 2009
Ratzinger & Vatican “They did as much as they had at each point in time given the public outcry, and no more.”
Katrin Bennhold – The New York Times
“However, Don’t Ever Underestimate
The Power Of $80 Million Dollars Here And There.”
“…the church must … end its campaign to block
the weak and the vulnerable from receiving help
to deal with the consequences of criminal sexual abuse.”
By Lawrence Lessig – The New York Times
Lawrence Lessig is a law professor and the director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard.
Church costs for Pope's visit 'out of control'
By Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk • June 3, 2010
Catholic officials scale back set pieces for Pope's visit
By Jerome Taylor, Religious Affairs Correspondent
June 3, 2010 – independent.co.uk
Full Disclosure - The Roman Catholic Church must confront its failings with contrition
TimesOnline – Read more
“Someday, maybe, there will exist a well-informed, well considered and yet fervent public conviction that the most deadly of all possible sins is the mutilation of a child’s spirit.” Erik Erikson
…whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:6
Protect children and the entire world will be safe.
Important note: No disrespect meant to Pope Benedict XVI or the hierarchy, the one and only concern is the safety and well-being of children.
Kids Are Being Hurt!!!