‘Tax Payers Outrage of Paying for Pope’s Visit’ by Jemma McGuffie

September 1, 2010 jemmamcguffie1bhnd

The 83 year old Pope Benedict will be visiting Glasgow on the 16th and 17th of September and the event will be hosted in the famous Bellahouston Park. Businesses and houses near that area have been notified of the Pope’s upcoming visit. The park will be closed from 3pm on September the 15th and will remain closed until September the 17th.

He will be delivering 10 speeches and four masses during his two-day visit to Glasgow, Edinburgh, London and Birmingham.
The Pope will be meeting up with the Queen in Edinburgh and two MPs – David Cameron and Nick Clegg.

On the other hand there is a huge debate on whether it is fair that taxpayers in Britain should pay for his visit to Scotland and England. It could cost tax payers up to 12 million pounds for his trip to Britain. The visit will be enjoyed and embraced by people of the Catholic religion.

When reporters confronted the Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols and asked him if asking British tax payers to pay for the Pope’s trip to Scotland and England would dampen things. He said “I don’t think it will dampen enthusiasm at all. I’m confident there will be large crowds,”

However a group of homosexual rights activists led by Peter Tatchell are against the Pope’s visit to Glasgow. In a speech delivered at a public meeting of ‘Protest the Pope’, Tatchell said the Pope was “out of step with the majority of British people, including most Catholics“, quoting the Roman catholic church’s opposition to gay marriage, assisted fertility treatments, stem cell research, female Christian Ministers, rabbis and condoms.

Three Presbyterian Church leaders also bring up the point of how much the event will cost. The three leaders sent a letter to ten Downing Street complaining about tax payers being made to fund the event and especially since the event is happening during a recession.

In the letter, the clerics add: “Others deplore the constitutional and moral issues involved in welcoming the head of the Vatican State to this country. Recent events have revealed the deplorable cover-up by the Roman Catholic hierarchy of the systematic abuse of innocent children by priests.”

In conclusion to this it seems that everyone feels differently towards the Pope’s visit to Glasgow and there is no real answer. All we can hope is that he enjoys his visit and there is no outbreak of violence on the days he is in Glasgow.

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  • 1. Hayliegh  |  November 16, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    I have to agree with what you say; ‘we all have different opinions.’ I don’t think that tax payers should be made to foot the bill in the expense of Pope Benedict. If he wants to come to Britain and the catholic churches want him to come then they should fund his expenses not the public.


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