Pope Benedict is shortly to arrive in the United Kingdom so the Foreign Office asked a group of junior officials to brain storm how their nation could be of assistance to the Vatican in this time of trouble. The group produced a paper entitled, “The ideal visit would see…..” and then came some great ideas to help the pope under siege. The group suggested that Benedict during his visit open an abortion clinic, bless a gay marriage, and help launch a new Benedict brand of condoms. In addition young men and women urged the Pope to show some toughness by “sacking dodgy bishops” who refuse to take any action other than denying reality when issues of sexual abuse by priests arises.
Naturally, David Milliband, the foreign secretary is upset and has promised to punish the brain storm group. It appears they never got around to showing results of their thinking to senior officials in the Foreign Office. However, after reading their ideas one could only hope they obtain employment in the Vatican and set about saving the Catholic Church.