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  • Papal Spending Challenge

    by Rumbold
    16th September, 2010 at 9:33 pm    

    With the Pope’s visit potentially costing taxpayers millions of pounds, perhaps the papal embassy should be thinking about self-funding, in order to ensure better relations with the British public. That is why Pickled Politics is launching the Papal Spending Challenge, to help His Holiness pay the bills. Ideas so far include:

    Sponsorship- Football clubs do it, so why shouldn’t the pontiff maximus wear a major sponsor on his robes? No doubt a big corporation would pay millions for the exposure.

    Bar work- Some tourists pay their way by working in bars during their time in the UK. Thanks to decades in the Church, Benedict XVI should be a dab hand at dishing out wafers and wine.

    Please make your own suggestions in the comment box.

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    1. Andy Gilmour — on 16th September, 2010 at 11:06 pm  

      He could whip out his sewing machine, and stitch armbands for we evil, secular, atheist nazis…

      Or open a copyshop, specialising in “Heil Dawkins!” T-shirts & posters..?

    2. Markby — on 17th September, 2010 at 9:25 am  

      There have occasionally been protests about unsavoury leaders of countries that go in for human rights abuses such as mass murder etc, but this seems to be the first time people have additionally got so worked up about the cost of such a state visit.

      If you accept the principle that state visits are an unavoidable fact of international diplomacy, then you have to accept that this means paying for visits by people you may rightly dislike. People have always known that.

      By all means protest against the Pope’s visit on principle, and shame him. But making an issue about the bill as if this is the first time there has ever been one looks childish and disingenuous. It is not as if the Vatican is objectively the world’s biggest human rights abuser, or anywhere near it, evil and damnable as the child abuse phenomenon has been.

    3. persephone — on 18th September, 2010 at 12:03 am  

      But which brand would want to sponsor him? Sponsorship is meant to gain positive profile and his image is in car crash land.

      Alternatively the revenue from tickets could be donated to the NSPCC

    4. skidmarx — on 18th September, 2010 at 4:01 pm  

      Blackpool FC’s shirt sponsor,, lends money at interest of over 2500% APR, works on the idea that tithing them your income inthe short termwill make the life to come better.

      Or Bloody Marys all round and we can party like it’s 1555.

    5. resistor — on 19th September, 2010 at 5:08 pm  

      I suggest Catholics pay taxes.

      Oops they already do.

      Even thought this includes subsidising an unelected head of state who by law, cannot be a Catholic.

      Any other bigotry you might have in mind?

    6. Kismet Hardy — on 19th September, 2010 at 6:05 pm  

      I think the Pope deserves every penny he gets. Because Jesus, who I think I read in a Dan Brown book is the great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather of the Pope, spent his whole life devoting himself to teaching people about christianity and god and what did he get in return? He died penniless. The Pope is carrying on His good work and should get the money Jesus deserved, so when the Pope passes away he can give Jesus some cash so he can come back like he promised and treat us to some lovely entertainment like walking on water because derren brown’s getting a bit boring. So take my money pope, but don’t spend it all on porn, you naughty man

    7. earwicga — on 19th September, 2010 at 9:24 pm  

      But resistor, you know those poxy Catholics all have twenty children as NONE of them use condoms etc. so they are already ripping off the state and because of this fecklessness it is right that the unelected head of state should not be a Catholic.

      Just off to tend to my twenty children…

    8. Billy Gruff — on 19th September, 2010 at 11:26 pm  

      Third world Gay Nazis Vs Other World Paedophile ex-Nazis.
      Pay per view big match!
      Beware ball tampering.

    9. Dinesh — on 22nd September, 2010 at 5:06 am  

      Wonder if a Muslim leader was visiting the UK would anyone be questioning the cost or the media encouraging protests.

      Religious Tolerance has to work both ways. Just another example of pseudo liberalism. Cool to be anti-Christan - Racist to be anti-Muslim.

      Where is all the people saying that ‘not all priests are paedophiles’…?

    10. Billy Gruff — on 26th September, 2010 at 4:45 pm  

      Dinesh - yes! Cool to be anti-Christan – Racist to be anti-Muslimand - we should ban ba ba black sheep as well.

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