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Librarian's Avatar Comment 1 by Librarian

I love reading about all the controversy surrounding the papal visit. Go Scotland! Keep it up UK.

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 03:32:22 UTC | #496497

rod-the-farmer's Avatar Comment 2 by rod-the-farmer

Perhaps attendees in Scotland could bring vuvuzelas.....might be worth 20 quid to some.

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 03:33:34 UTC | #496498

Alternative Carpark's Avatar Comment 3 by Alternative Carpark

What a complete tool he is. Just look at that photo. What does he think is emanating from his hands?

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 03:38:41 UTC | #496500

erindorothy's Avatar Comment 4 by erindorothy

all power to you thinking folk there .. give 'em heaps!

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 04:22:10 UTC | #496511

mordacious1's Avatar Comment 5 by mordacious1

The open-air Mass requires participants to be in their places hours before the two-hour service begins, and it is thought that fears about the weather and long travel times are putting people off.

Yeah, uh, I don't think that is it.

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 04:35:58 UTC | #496514

Neodarwinian's Avatar Comment 6 by Neodarwinian

What Star Wars character is this?

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 04:47:47 UTC | #496518

Flapjack's Avatar Comment 7 by Flapjack

Can't believe some of the comments on the Statesman webpage, defending the pope's record on everything from child abuse coverups to AIDS in Africa to homophobia. It seems that for some Catholics the sun still shines out of his ass no matter what he does. Raymond thinks that all those things are primarily caused by gays and atheists who don't care about anyone but themselves apparently. What does he have to do to put hardcore believers off? Invade Poland? Bring back the inquisition? Laugh maniacally in a chair like Dr Evil while stroking a persian cat? I'd like to think that folks are staying away for more reasons than the weather but as PT Barnum said, there's one born every minute. Perhaps if there's a freak tornado in Bellahuston Park, they might see that as a sign that the guy upstairs really doesn't approve (or the rapture if they're really far gone)!

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 05:48:14 UTC | #496526

sarith21's Avatar Comment 8 by sarith21

Comment 6 by Neodarwinian :

What Star Wars character is this?

Emperor Palpatine, I think.

I always had a certain degree of extra respect reserved for the Scots...

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 06:08:06 UTC | #496528

Stafford Gordon's Avatar Comment 9 by Stafford Gordon

Ignore the photo. The camera always lies. The picture only shows the editor's preference.

He's not a tool, tools are useful.

When they're not screwing the state for money they're milking their flock.

Clearly, goD just can't handle money.


Fri, 06 Aug 2010 07:51:38 UTC | #496563

cheesedoff17's Avatar Comment 10 by cheesedoff17

Are we not immediately assuming that Scottish Catholics are rejecting the Pope for ethical reasons? I would like to think so but sitting in the cold rain for two hours would be a good enough reason for many of the elderly to decline. Also the high cost in less affluent times.

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 08:32:24 UTC | #496576

foundationist's Avatar Comment 11 by foundationist

What does he think is emanating from his hands?


Fri, 06 Aug 2010 08:42:17 UTC | #496584

thebaldgit's Avatar Comment 12 by thebaldgit

I'm not sure anything is emanating from his hands i simply think he is giving us his Tommy Cooper impression. Someone will put a fez on his head and he will say i'll make all the bad publicity go away 'just like that'. It has to be feasible as their attempts to deal with all the controversies this year are no better.

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 09:00:21 UTC | #496591

Bob Haulk's Avatar Comment 13 by Bob Haulk

Everybody now knows that the catholic church is just a home for pedophiles,homophobes, and women haters and it's reaching it's end times. Good riddance to them, oh and the pope was aware of pedophile priests and covered it up, he should be in the dock alongside these disgusting vampire priests. I live in Scotland and unfortunately we're still blighted with religious sectarian nonsense and the popes visit will mean trouble on the streets of Glasgow, jeez these halfwits knock the crap out of each other when Celtic play Rangers, what's gonna happen when the head loon turns up himself.

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 09:06:51 UTC | #496593

Mrkimbo's Avatar Comment 14 by Mrkimbo

Never mind 20 quid, I'd pay 200 to see the evil old fuck shoved into the black maria by the boys in blue.

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 09:32:23 UTC | #496600

Daniel Schealler's Avatar Comment 15 by Daniel Schealler

I definitely see some Photoshop potential for a black cowl and some force lightening.

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 09:54:24 UTC | #496607

SaganTheCat's Avatar Comment 16 by SaganTheCat

Some of those comments on the article are fucking scary!

Go Scotland! regardless of all the talk of protests and the call for his arrest, I'd love to see him parade through the streets of Britain attracting as much public attention as any other sandwich-board weilding tramp

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 10:36:27 UTC | #496625

serotonin_wraith's Avatar Comment 17 by serotonin_wraith

If these Catholics don't like the current Pope's policies, and some are even trying to get him to change them (for example, with the bus adverts), isn't that showing they don't believe he's getting his wisdom from their god?

And if they don't believe he is their god's spokesperson on Earth, why are they remaining Catholics? Isn't that one of the basic beliefs you need to be Catholic?

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 10:37:48 UTC | #496626

keddaw's Avatar Comment 18 by keddaw

Celtic are on TV on the 19th September so most Catholics in Scotland will be going to a different 'mass' down the boozer.

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 10:38:07 UTC | #496627

Ian's Avatar Comment 19 by Ian

Whether it's rain or cost, it's clear that this man has not got the charisma of his predecessor. Surely people would persevere if they truly believed he had any credibility.

The community of people satisfied with the pope's handling of the child abuse scandal is shrinking. Catholics expect a proper moral resolution and the church simply has no adequate response. It will continue to wither while its faithful will become ever more shrill and defensive.

The pope doesn't need to be arrested, he only needs to try and carry on as usual. People can see the church isn't willing to take responsibility for its actions and they are voting with their feet.

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 10:48:41 UTC | #496631

cheesedoff17's Avatar Comment 20 by cheesedoff17

I notice that Jesus is hanging in there, or is he throwing his arms up in despair?

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 11:04:07 UTC | #496639

sandman67's Avatar Comment 21 by sandman67 I know my command of Maths is not the best, running a close second to my comand of grammar, but does anyone lese spot the fatal flaw here in the Church's reasoning:

"The organisers now reportedly fear that attendance will fall short of the 100,000 they expected to come to the Mass"

"In 1982, Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass at the same site on a sunny afternoon, with 300,000 people in attendance. The choice of this site has been interpreted as an attempt to re-create the success and popularity of that service for a pope who has been under siege in recent months."

Now I know that teh words Catholic Church, reason, intelligence and honesty are words that do not sit together in a sentence that well, but surely even the deluded banana boys can see that one third of the first gigs audience is NOT recreating anything, its admitting you have two thirds less devoted deluded dimwits for an audience.

Now that the 100,000 gig is drastically undersold, that makes it even more obvious....

or is it just me?

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 11:11:04 UTC | #496641

God fearing Atheist's Avatar Comment 22 by God fearing Atheist

Add to this the stated intention of Richard Dawkins and others to attempt to arrest the Pope ...

It hits the news again! Yippee!

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 11:22:15 UTC | #496642

Sensible's Avatar Comment 23 by Sensible

I don't know what is emanating from his hands. Magic fairy dust maybe? But from the same looks he always shows, I wonder, 'Would you buy a used car from this man?'

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 12:40:44 UTC | #496681

Logicel's Avatar Comment 24 by Logicel

I see three hands (one is branishing a camera). The Pope ™ is a mutant!

I don't want to be accused of never seeing anything positive about the head creep of creepy crawly Catholics, but I do find his white beanie rather fetching.

Seriously, his body language is saying come here, no, don't come here, yes, come here, no, don't come here.

Welcoming, no. Confused, yes.

Updated: Fri, 06 Aug 2010 13:26:58 UTC | #496710

AndrewT's Avatar Comment 25 by AndrewT

What amazes and disgusts me is that under any other circumstances, a known enabler of child abuse would be met with total disgust by any civilised society, indeed the authorities would take action accordingly and detain the fucker for questioning, not put him up in 5 star hotels with all the majestical trimmings that he will no doubt enjoy! And yet here we have a guy who is directly responsible for the systematic cover-up of child rape (we've seen the letters with his signature, it's undeniable), being welcomed in the secular nation of Great Britain. It's totally fucked! If this wasn't enough, the grotesque corrupt institution that is the Catholic Church is also the mastermind behind the revolting propaganda regarding condom use in Africa! His illogical and immoral attitude towards the whole contraceptive issue is causing untold amounts of unnecessary suffering and death due to the spread of aids, and starvation caused by over population in that country! And the UK is meant to welcome this shit with open arms and foot the multimillion dollar bill and grant uptmost respect accordingly? Please, give me a break!

Only religion gets away with this shit! It's fucked and I'm pissed off that people even posit an alternative, apologetic view on this bullshit situation!

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 14:04:52 UTC | #496734

justaperson's Avatar Comment 26 by justaperson

Comment 3 by Alternative Carpark :

Just look at that photo.

What does he think is emanating from his hands?

My first thought upon seeing the picture was of the Creedence Clearwater Revival song "I Put a Spell on You."

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 14:05:34 UTC | #496736

Randy Ping's Avatar Comment 27 by Randy Ping

Comment 26 by justaperson :

Comment 3 by Alternative Carpark :

Just look at that photo.

What does he think is emanating from his hands?

My first thought upon seeing the picture was of the Creedence Clearwater Revival song "I Put a Spell on You."

My first thought was " And now, young Skywalker... you will die. "

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 14:48:14 UTC | #496756

Blondin's Avatar Comment 28 by Blondin

Well, my advice to the pope is to liven up his speech by running it through a piratizer.

After all, September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 15:16:45 UTC | #496772

Philster61's Avatar Comment 29 by Philster61

Interesting to note the actor who played Emperor Palpatine is......Scottish.

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 15:57:01 UTC | #496788

OpposableThumbs 's Avatar Comment 30 by OpposableThumbs

A comment on the Statesman:

It's bad when people outside of the church don't have respect, but then it's another thing when fellow Catholic don't. What has this world come to, give respect where respect is due.

Agreed...give respect where it is due. Apprehend that prick.

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 16:16:57 UTC | #496798