Pope Benedict XV1

Opponents of propaganda must never get carried along in a sea of uncritical group approval. It is great to see that the Head of the Church of England and the Pope can meet civilly on English and Scottish soil, this is the same man who has quite a record as head of the congregation for the Propagation of the Faith (Holy Office) (Inquisition). The unanswered questions on the Murphy Report here and the attitude to Dr Diarmuid Martin are fresh in the memory.

Critical questions on doctrine, attitudes and performance are not aggressive atheism. That response is a device to turn defence into attack. However, all the questions remain. To survive in western Europe, the issues of contraception, homosexuality, celebacy and women clergy will not disappear. Change is necessary.