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Pope Welcome to Preach Without State Subsidies.

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Same Name as Ipswich MP! Spooky, eh?

Britain faces, the Liberal-Tory Cabinet claims, a crisis of public finance.

The Pope’s  coming visit is estimated to cost £10-12 Million of public funds (Here).

It would be an indication of Christian compassion, and support for the “big society”, if the Pope made a gesture on this topic.

The Catholic Church should offer to take these expenses over itself.

To show even-handness he should also back the workers’ demands in this dispute,

The Pope’s visit to Scotland could be disrupted by a day of strikes by council workers in an ongoing dispute over pay and conditions, the GMB union has said.

Benedict XVI is to face picket lines at the venue where he is due to celebrate Mass before thousands of pilgrims in Glasgow next month.

Workers employed by Glasgow Life are expected to walk out on September 16, the GMB said.

(Morning Star Here. )

We therefore endorse this moving appeal from quasi-official Vatican sources, and call for even more pocket digging.

“So I am asking the faithful to have a good rummage down the back of their sofas, and see if you can find any spare change. Or perhaps you have a jar of pennies that’s just lying around doing nothing. At this point I recall what Our Lord said in the Parable of the Talents about how it is praiseworthy to put your change to work. So, instead of having your penny jar just sitting on the fireplace gathering dust, you may like to consider contributing to the common good by sending it to Mgr Andrew Summersgill. Every little helps.

That way ole purple-socks, the creature of the Beast,* might get some understanding. 

Though his stand on gay rights makes that unlikely, at least for this Blog.

Though personally I couldn’t be bothered to Protest the Pope.

* This is a joke: we are equal opportunity god-baiters (note addressed to here and here)

Written by Andrew Coates

August 8, 2010 at 11:06 am

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  1. Hey, Us Catholics pay tax too. I for one object to my taxes funding abortion on the NHS. But I have no choice. Neither it seems do you.Some sort of equality perhaps.


    August 9, 2010 at 10:06 pm

  2. It is a state visit. Gordon Brown personally issued the Pope with an invitation. It would be bad manners for the Pope to pay the expenses; much like going to a party and bringing your own drink.


    August 10, 2010 at 1:23 am

  3. Tiggy, I don’t have chocie over the details of how tax is spent. But, to Shane as well, this is not exactly an ordinary state visit, but a religious one for religous celebrations.

    Now I personally would not go to the religious events Protest the Pope seems to want to attend with placards and pickets (not sure anyway about the name for a start – does it mean protesting his innocence, protesting for, against, at or what?).

    That is bad manners – like going to a party you’re not invited to and making a row about it being held.

    But the political side of the state visit could be occasion for protests from those who oppose his political stands surely?

    Andrew Coates

    August 10, 2010 at 9:37 am

  4. Time for Catholic Converso Billionaie Blair to stick his hand in his own pocket (instead of ours)for ounce and make a donation towards the cost of the Pope’s visit (after all its not like its a cause he doesn’t believe in like saving the Trimdon Labour Club).

    Lowestoft's Finest

    August 10, 2010 at 1:54 pm

  5. Any particular “political” stands Andrew?
    We had to run the gauntlet of Pastor Jack Glass et al when we went to see JP2 in Glasgow last time. Plus ca change.


    August 12, 2010 at 2:07 pm

  6. Well Tiggy, give me time and I’ll find some.

    But as I said I find the idea of disprupting religious events extremely rude, not to say faintly sick.

    Andrew Coates

    August 12, 2010 at 4:06 pm

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