Archbishop says Brits should pick up the tab for Pope’s visit

“Cripes! Pat him on the head gently to wake him up – last time, he farted!”
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UK taxpayers should help pay for the Pope’s trip to Britain, the head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has said.

Critics are angry that up to £12m is to come from the public purse. But Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols told the BBC it would be a “sad day” when the UK “closes its doors and says we can’t afford state visits”.

He also hinted the Pope may meet victims of the Catholic abuse scandal during this month’s four-day visit…

All he has to do is drop in at pretty much any Catholic Church and ask around.

This trip, which will also include events in London and Birmingham, will be the first ever official state visit to Britain by a serving Pontiff…

But Archbishop Nichols told the BBC’s Andrew Marr programme it was right the taxpayer and the Church shared the bill because the Pope was coming at the invitation of the government.

Amazing piece of reasoning. Explained, I guess, by all the other rules of logic ignored or abused by Christian theologists.

This is the leader of probably the oldest international institution, that serves humanity in a tremendous way right around the globe…”

Earlier this week, an aide to Archbishop Nichols, Edmund Adamus, told Catholic news agency Zenit that Britain had become a “selfish, hedonistic wasteland”.

Maybe that’s why the Pope is coming to town? To get in on the hedonism.