You may have heard that the pope will be visiting Britain. Due to his “head of state” or almost royal status, the British government is laying out millions, perhaps tens of millions, which citizens are now protesting as way too expensive, especially given that 77% of them have no interest in this visit (at best) or are planning to protest (at worst).
Meanwhile the Vatican is trying to explain that charging money for tickets to see the pope say mass is not really “charging” but insisting on “a donation”. Meanwhile abuse victims are taking full advantage of a new opportunity to get on the publicity bandwagon.
Now, if this were a blog devoted to high flown analysis, I would have put a bunch of links in the first two paragraphs. But since so many have already written about all the complaints taking place, I’ve turned my attention to possible future solutions to papal visits and how to pay for them. And I think I’ve come up with a plan which even The Onion might find attractive.