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British government apologizes for Foreign Office memo that insulted Pope

Catholic World News - April 26, 2010

The United Kingdom’s Foreign Office has apologized for a memorandum drafted by a junior official that suggested that Pope Benedict should launch “Benedict condoms,” “open an abortion ward,” “bless a civil partnership,” and “reverse policy on women bishops/ordain woman.”

In addition, Francis Campbell, the nation’s ambassador, has apologized to Vatican officials.

“The text was not cleared or shown to Ministers or senior officials before circulation,” said a Foreign Office spokesman. “As soon as senior officials became aware of the document, it was withdrawn from circulation.”

“The individual responsible has been transferred to other duties. He has been told orally and in writing that this was a serious error of judgement and has accepted this view.”

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  • Posted by: wolfdavef3415 - Apr. 26, 2010 11:38 PM ET USA

    "He has been told orally and in writing that this was a serious error of judgement and has accepted this view." Say what? A serious error of judgment? Akin to asking the Premier of China for the sweet and sour chicken? The response is farcical. It is Britain, though, and they severely dislike Catholics. Ask the Irish.

  • Posted by: saviles218254 - Apr. 26, 2010 8:05 PM ET USA

    Apparently the criteria for employment in the United Kingdom's Foreign Office doesn't include diplomacy. Perhaps if the person had insulted some other head of state in that manner, it would have resulted in termination. Continue to pray for our beloved Holy Father!

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