A representative of Her Majesty’s civil service has generated a memo- intended as a joke for his co-workers and not for worldwide Internet consumption- and the Vatican is not laughing. Who would have guessed that this head the worldwide criminal syndicate and champion of 17th century drag queen fashion trends would also lack a sense of humor?
First, the memo: Steven Mulvain, a recent Oxford graduate, is the man who distributed an internal government “brainstorming” memo proposing a bizarre itinerary to mark Pope Benedict’s September visit to the U.K. that reads more like a SNL sketch than something generated by the austere Foreign affairs office. The suggested itinerary for the Pope includes, in the now infamous “IDEAL VISIT” memo includes such activities as a launch of “Benedict” condoms, a blessing of a gay marriage, a Papal sponsorship of a network of AIDS clinics, a training course for bishops on child abuse allegations and ordain a female priest and Topping it all off with the Pope and Her Majesty sing a duet for charity and changing the national anthem from God Save The Queen to God Save the World.
The Vatican was furious. Senior Papal aides suggested the Foreign Office had not taken strong enough disciplinary action against those responsible for the document. It turns out that Steven Mulvain, the author of the memo, was not fired. He was, in an ironic twist sure to win over the dry cerebral humor of the English, simply relocated to another department.
The news comes on the heels of prominent atheist such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens calling for the arrest of the pope for crimes against humanity during the Pope’s upcoming visit. Dawkins defended his position in a recent Washington post article, describing Benny as
A leering old villain in a frock, a man whose preaching of scientific falsehood is responsible for the deaths of countless AIDS victims in Africa; a man whose first instinct when his priests are caught with their pants down is to cover up the scandal and damn the young victims to silence.
The Vatican has brushed aside such charges, not by defending them, but by asserting that The Pope is a head of State, and not subject to such criminal charges.
The Vatican has even gone so far as threatening to cancel the trip, but has since promised that Pope Benedict, despite the condom issues, will Penetrate Her Majesty’s Country.
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