Palm Sunday 2010: Smearing the Pope outside Westminster Cathedral
(Picture: Chris Houston of Outrage)
Read the slogans on the placards. Pay particular attention to the legend on the placard held by Peter Tatchell in the centre of the picture. If it refers to Crimen sollicitationis, which I think it does, then it is deeply, patently, wholly untrue. And unless the No Pope Coalition can produce evidence substantiating the charge on the placard, an untruth is what it remains.
Let's be frank. This has nothing to do with a state visit, or with taxpayers' money, nor does it really have anything to do with sex-abuse either.
"[T]he disproportionate reaction to the clergy abuse issue, the suggestions of pervasive criminality, cannot be understood except as a reflection of accumulated political grievances over other issues, often involving sexuality and gender" - Philip Jenkins 2003.