Moving around of the guilty won’t do. Who says the Pope condones malfeasance?
Pope ‘could cancel UK visit’ over ‘offensive’ Foreign Office memo
Of course the sin here is not molesting children but making fun of catholicism – a much more serious crime:
Senior Papal aides suggested the Foreign Office had not taken strong enough disciplinary action against those responsible for the document, which suggested the Pope should open an abortion clinic, bless a homosexual marriage and launch his own range of condoms while he is here.
Oh, the humanity! How dare they! And to make matters worse
No-one has lost their job over the memo, which was sent to Downing Street and at least three Whitehall departments, and the civil servant who authorised it has simply been moved to other duties.
What does the Foreign Office think they are? Pedophile priests or something? Off with their heads!
So far, only humble apologies were offered
The Foreign Office responded by sending Francis Campbell, the British ambassador to the Vatican, to an urgent meeting with senior officials of the Holy See, and said the “foolish document” had not been cleared or shown to ministers or senior officials before it was circulated.
A spokesman added that “many of the ideas in the document are clearly ill-judged, naïve and disrespectful” and the department was “deeply sorry for the offence which it has caused”.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Obama is genuflecting to Billy Graham
the president as “extraordinarily gratified” that the reverend took the time to meet with him.
And just in case anyone would be thinking this as a merely symbolic gesture, we are told that
Obama brought Josh DuBois, director of the White House Office of Faith-Based Initiatives and Neighborhood Partnerships, with him to the meeting, the White House said.
That might have made the good revered feel gratified too. Literally.