Poll finds British oppose public funding for papal visit
September 06, 2010
A new public-opinion poll has found strong opposition to taxpayer funding for the visit to Great Britain by Pope Benedict XVI.
In the survey, 76% of respondents said that public funding should not be provided for a visit by a religious leader. Pope Benedict will be making an official state visit, at the invitation of the British government as well as the Catholic bishops. The Church will pay the costs of religious events—although the government will face substantial expenses for traffic and security arrangements, as is the case with any major public event.