The Guardian reported earlier this week that the Pope is considering visiting the UK next year:
A spokesman for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, a permanent assembly of bishops, said the Catholic population would be “delighted” if the news was confirmed, and the pope would be “warmly received”.
Having had the misfortune to be christened a Catholic, I can confirm that at least one of us will be making every effort we can to express our utter lack of delight that a man responsible for immeasurable suffering across the globe due to his deadly and backwards views on contraception, abortion and gender will receive any kind of welcome in this country. As a quick reminder, this is the man who claims that HIV/Aids is “a tragedy that cannot be overcome through the distribution of condoms, which can even increase the problem”, who believes that defending heterosexuality and cisexuality is as important as saving the rainforests, and deems it a sin to save a nine-year-old rape victim’s life by carrying out an abortion.
Let’s keep our ears open for confirmation of the visit, and, when it comes, get organising…