UK to Pope: Uh, Sorry About the Abortion Joke

Brit memo suggested pontiff should open clinic on visit
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2010 6:19 AM CDT
Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful at the end of a general audience he held in St. Peter's square at the Vatican, Wednesday, April 21, 2010.   (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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(Newser) – Pope Benedict is headed to the UK in the fall, and while there he's slated to ... open an abortion clinic? Unveil a line of papal-branded condoms? Let loose and sing a duet with the queen? This according to a cheeky memo circulated in Britain's Foreign Office, and obtained by the Sunday Telegraph, purporting to plan the pontiff's itinerary.

Leaving no sacred cow unscathed, the memo also suggested that Benedict bless a gay marriage and take a “harder line on child abuse—announce sacking of dodgy bishops.” London is predictably red-faced, and has issued a profuse apology and shifted a senior official "to other duties." Benedict is presumably not amused.

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