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Papa Ratzi protested in London

Timothy Kincaid

September 20th, 2010

When Pope Benedict XVI (nee Cardinal Ratzinger) visited Britain this weekend, the response was not uniformly adulatory. In addition to adoring Catholics, Papa Ratzi also drew a large protest.

With a crowd of around 11,000 for Saturday’s protest, the protest drew upon a wide base of discontent with the current pontiff. (Telegraph)

Among the marchers were a wide range of groups, including gay and lesbian Catholics, child abuse survivors, atheists and anti poverty campaigners. Organisers said the turnout was five times greater than expected.

Peter Tatchell, the human rights campaigner, criticised the Pope for obstructing police investigations into paedophile priests.

He said: “The Pope’s apologies do not ring true. Even today he is refusing to hand over Vatican files he holds under lock and key. Priests who sexually abused children should be brought to justice and the church should do its bit.”

Calu Lema, a Columbian-born graphic designer who works in London, said that, as “a tax paying lesbian”, she opposed the state visit.

She said: “The Pope has a right to come here and people have a right to come and hear him.

“But why should I, as a lesbian taxpayer, pay for his state visit when he is opposed to women’s rights to contraception, opposed to gays and gay marriage and opposed to human rights?

“I respect the rights of Catholics to their faith, but they should respect my rights.”

Of course others were supportive of the Pope.

“We’ve also seen his warmth with people, such as the children he’s picked up and kissed. That’s changed people’s view of the Pope.”

Ummm… ewwww

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Ben in Oakland
September 20th, 2010 | LINK

““We’ve also seen his warmth with people, such as the children he’s picked up and kissed. That’s changed people’s view of the Pope.”

At least a kiss is still a kiss.

Timothy (TRiG)
September 20th, 2010 | LINK

A couple of friends of mine were at the protest. Richard Dawkins made an excellent speech. I don’t know whether Tim Minchin’s Pope Song was played at any point. I imagine it was.

TRiG.

Kristie
September 20th, 2010 | LINK

Every picture I see of this old creep looks more and more like Emperor Palpatine! I expect lightning to be shooting out of his hands at any moment.

I agree with the lesbian quoted in the article. If the Pope wants to travel all over the world, he is welcome to but he can do it on the Vatican’s dime. Why should he get to mooch off of the honest labor of people that he constantly says are evil sinners? They’re not good enough to be loved by his God or enter Heaven, but apparently they are good enough to foot the bill for his trip? Nice.

jm
September 26th, 2010 | LINK

“They’re not good enough to be loved by his God or enter Heaven”

The pope in fact preaches something quote different. Ignorance is comforting, isn’t it/ Get your facts straight.

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