Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Pope supports devolution in the UK

I read with interest Pope Benedict’s first address on British soil and noted his support for devolution.

"As I begin my visit to the United Kingdom in Scotland’s historic capital city, I greet in a special way First Minister Salmond and the representatives of the Scottish Parliament.

"Just like the Welsh and Northern Ireland Assemblies, may the Scottish Parliament grow to be an expression of the fine traditions and distinct culture of the Scots and strive to serve their best interests in a spirit of solidarity and concern for the common good.”

This is good and positive, and will certainly be a help in the referendum in Wales for the Assembly to gain legislative powers. For the large population of Catholics in south Wales who still respect the pope (even the ones that may not agree with the Magisterium’s teachings in matters of sexuality)

Its a shame that his visit has been greeted by the stupid and inane “Basil Fawlty” type racism. I don't recall the last Papal visit receiving this much negative feedback (except from Ian Paisley). This pope has been more proactive than his predecessor in dealing with the issues of child abuse than his predecessor.

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