A full transcript of the Pope’s opening speech is below my own post’s sources. I have not yet found a video but I am looking
I have to say that I am utterly sickened by his lies and absolute failure to publicly apologise in person for or even acknowledge the hypocrisy within the Catholic church. It is bad enough that he is here at all, let alone at the expense of the British tax payer. As I watch this sham of pomp and splendour, I can feel the bile rising in my throat. There is no balance and I WILL be complaining to the BBC that this broadcasting corporation, which is also funded by the taxpayer, is showing only the positive comments on the on the live broadcast. I tried several times to get my objection noted but I went unheard. Obviously they do not want, too readily, to remind the pope and his team of brainwashed sycophants that he is about as welcome, to many of us in this country, as a re-emergence of the black death. The BBC’s coverage is a shamefully entirely fictitious version of public opinion. So add to my feeling of nauseous disgust, a sense of abject disappointment in the BBC.
We are NOT a Catholic nation. We are not even a Christian Nation. Since Henry VIII broke from Rome nearly 500 years ago we have slowly been working our way out from under the tyranny of this backward-thinking and morally-retarded set of myths and dogma. Since then they have been itching to get back in. A religious leader is NOT entitled to the pageantry that goes with a visit by a REAL and RIGHTFUL head of state. A head of state is not entitled to publicly make moral judgements on the state of the nation’s spirituality or proselytise about their own personal delusions. One of his aides was also pulled out of the visit after claiming that landing at Heathrow was like landing in a 3rd world country. If he had been one of my employees I would have suspended him.
I had been watching for over an hour before they attempted to defend the Vatican for their ‘atrocious PR’ and the reports of child abuse by priests. Right at the end and it got merely two minutes of coverage! The BBC online report did give us this little snippet.
“During his flight from Rome, in response to a question from the BBC, the Pope said the scandal surrounding the abuse of children by Catholic priests had come as a great personal shock to him.
He said he wanted to offer the victims “material, psychological and spiritual” help and to protect other children from dangerous priests in the future.
Asked about the protests, the Pope told journalists said the UK had a “great history of anti-Catholicism”, but also “a great history of tolerance”.
So telling in so many ways.
- Claiming it was a shock as if he had not known about it or involved with hiding the perpetrators. It was probably more of a shock that people were not only complaining but refusing to allow these cases to remain and ‘internal matter. (DISHONESTY)
- Refusal to cooperate with the appropriate authorities and allow them to investigate fully and precisely. This doesn’t promise any real recompense to those who have been abused or even admit any complicit acts in protecting those priests for ‘the good of ROME’. When will they learn that they are just men and they are NOT above the law? (OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE)
- If he’s referring to our history, I think he means either our break with Rome or our civil war in the 17th century which resulted in an end to our own despotic puritanical republic under Cromwell and the reformation of our monarchy with Charles II. Our last Catholic monarch (James II) was deposed, because he was also a despot, and replaced by William and Mary in order to appease both the Catholic and the Protestant population. This was the last time a Catholic ever sat on the British throne and it was decreed at the time that it would never happen again. We are not anti-catholic, we are anti-tyranny and it’s about time Rome and it’s pontificators learned the bloody difference. (OUTRIGHT IGNORANCE.)
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-11313672 (For comment feed)
Thank you for your gracious invitation to make an official visit to the United Kingdom and for your warm words of greeting on behalf of the British people. In thanking Your Majesty, allow me to extend my own greetings to all the people of the United Kingdom and to hold out a hand of friendship to each one.
It is a great pleasure for me to start my journey by saluting the members of the Royal Family, thanking in particular His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh for his kind welcome to me at Edinburgh Airport. I express my gratitude to Your Majesty’s present and previous Governments and to all those who worked with them to make this occasion possible, including Lord Patten and former Secretary of State Murphy. I would also like to acknowledge with deep appreciation the work of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Holy See, which has contributed greatly to strengthening the friendly relations existing between the Holy See and the United Kingdom.
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.
The name of Holyroodhouse, Your Majesty’s official residence in Scotland, recalls the “Holy Cross” and points to the deep Christian roots that are still present in every layer of British life. The monarchs of England and Scotland have been Christians from very early times and include outstanding saints like Edward the Confessor and Margaret of Scotland. As you know, many of them consciously exercised their sovereign duty in the light of the Gospel, and in this way shaped the nation for good at the deepest level. As a result, the Christian message has been an integral part of the language, thought and culture of the peoples of these islands for more than a thousand years. Your forefathers’ respect for truth and justice, for mercy and charity come to you from a faith that remains a mighty force for good in your kingdom, to the great benefit of Christians and non-Christians alike.
We find many examples of this force for good throughout Britain’s long history. Even in comparatively recent times, due to figures like William Wilberforce and David Livingstone, Britain intervened directly to stop the international slave trade. Inspired by faith, women like Florence Nightingale served the poor and the sick and set new standards in healthcare that were subsequently copied everywhere. John Henry Newman, whose beatification I will celebrate shortly, was one of many British Christians of his age whose goodness, eloquence and action were a credit to their countrymen and women. These, and many people like them, were inspired by a deep faith born and nurtured in these islands.
Even in our own lifetime, we can recall how Britain and her leaders stood against a Nazi tyranny that wished to eradicate God from society and denied our common humanity to many, especially the Jews, who were thought unfit to live. I also recall the regime’s attitude to Christian pastors and religious who spoke the truth in love, opposed the Nazis and paid for that opposition with their lives. As we reflect on the sobering lessons of the atheist extremism of the twentieth century, let us never forget how the exclusion of God, religion and virtue from public life leads ultimately to a truncated vision of man and of society and thus to a “reductive vision of the person and his destiny” (Caritas in Veritate, 29).
Sixty-five years ago, Britain played an essential role in forging the post-war international consensus which favoured the establishment of the United Nations and ushered in a hitherto unknown period of peace and prosperity in Europe. In more recent years, the international community has followed closely events in Northern Ireland which have led to the signing of the Good Friday Agreement and the devolution of powers to the Northern Ireland Assembly. Your Majesty’s Government and the Government of Ireland, together with the political, religious and civil leaders of Northern Ireland, have helped give birth to a peaceful resolution of the conflict there. I encourage everyone involved to continue to walk courageously together on the path marked out for them towards a just and lasting peace.
Looking abroad, the United Kingdom remains a key figure politically and economically on the international stage. Your Government and people are the shapers of ideas that still have an impact far beyond the British Isles. This places upon them a particular duty to act wisely for the common good. Similarly, because their opinions reach such a wide audience, the British media have a graver responsibility than most and a greater opportunity to promote the peace of nations, the integral development of peoples and the spread of authentic human rights. May all Britons continue to live by the values of honesty, respect and fair-mindedness that have won them the esteem and admiration of many.
Today, the United Kingdom strives to be a modern and multicultural society. In this challenging enterprise, may it always maintain its respect for those traditional values and cultural expressions that more aggressive forms of secularism no longer value or even tolerate. Let it not obscure the Christian foundation that underpins its freedoms; and may that patrimony, which has always served the nation well, constantly inform the example your Government and people set before the two billion members of the Commonwealth and the great family of English-speaking nations throughout the world.
May God bless Your Majesty and all the people of your realm. Thank you.