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← Pope 'could cancel UK visit' over 'offensive' Foreign Office memo

funkyderek's Avatar Jump to comment 38 by funkyderek

One highly-placed source in the Vatican said: “This could have very severe repercussions"

Like what? Is the Vatican going to declare war on the UK? Cease trading? Withdraw its ambassadors and cut off diplomatic ties?
The Vatican has no real power. It can do nothing but be offended. Essentially, it's only weapon is emotional blackmail. It hopes that the real countries will be so worried that they have hurt its feelings that they will let it do whatever it wants. Sooner or later, these countries will stop playing the Vatican's game.

Sun, 25 Apr 2010 19:50:00 UTC | #462787