Pope 'could cancel UK visit' over 'offensive' Foreign Office memo
By GORDON RAYNER AND NICK PISA - TELEGRAPH.CO.UK
Added: Sat, 24 Apr 2010 23:00:00 UTC
Senior Papal aides suggested the Foreign Office had not taken strong enough disciplinary action against those responsible for the document, which suggested the Pope should open an abortion clinic, bless a homosexual marriage and launch his own range of condoms while he is here.
No-one has lost their job over the memo, which was sent to Downing Street and at least three Whitehall departments, and the civil servant who authorised it has simply been moved to other duties.
One highly-placed source in the Vatican said: âThis could have very severe repercussions and is embarrassing for the British government - one has to question whether the action taken is enough.
âIt is disgusting. Britainâs ambassador to the Holy See has been in to see the Secretary of State and explain what happened and this will all be relayed to the Pope.