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News: UK

Fri 23 Apr, 2010
By Sam Bristowe


The Church has got to deal with these problems and it has got to make sure there is an open and clean confession about what has happened

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As last nights TV debate got into full swing and the topic soon moved onto Pope Benedict XVI’s stance on homosexuality and his other controversial views including his costly visit.

All three of the leaders running for Prime Minister agreed on the stance that the Catholic Church has a lot to answer for in regards to the recent news of abuse by priests but all three also agreed that a visit from is Holiness would be a good thing.

Leader of The Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, who’s wife is Catholic, said about the Pope: "You can't keep a lid on sin and of course you need to move with the times. I do welcome the Pope's visit but I hope by the time he does visit there is a greater recognition that there has been terrible, terrible suffering… and we need a process of openness and healing."



Current Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown also expressed his concerns about the troubling stories of abuse to minors: "I have met some of the people who have rightly
complained about some of the abuse they were subject to when young and it never leaves them, it is something that is with them always."

"The Church has got to deal with these problems and it has got to make sure there is an open and clean confession about what has happened."

He continues “We must break down the barriers of religion that exist in our world”

David Cameron also made it very clear on his stance on the Pope and his right wing homophobic comments despite his party being highly scrutinized for where they stand on accepting homosexual issues, although Cameron insists his attitude is very much pro-gay.

Discussing the Pope’s proposed visit, which would cause taxpayer £20 Million, has said: "I do think it is welcome that the Pope is coming to Britain."

"Do I agree with everything the Pope says? No.

"I don't agree with him about contraception, I don't agree with him about homosexuality. I think the Catholic Church has got some very, very serious work to do to unearth and come to terms with some of the appalling things that have happened."

 

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