You have to laugh at the duplicity of the Democratic Unionist Party declaring that a visit to Northern Ireland by Pope Benedict next Spring, coinciding perhaps with a visit by Her Majesty the Queen to the Republic, might be "difficult" for it's Leader, and likely First Minister of a restored and thoroughy corrupted devolved Assembly by that date - Dr. Ian Paisley.
Clearly there is a plan in place to prop up a potentially restored Assembly by that date - and a visit by the Pope to Northern Ireland would be just the ticket for good news headlines. Except, of course, for Dr Paisley who whilst he may not be required to kiss the Pope's actual ring, will certainly have to be photographed beside the man who he doctrinally believes to be an anti-Christ.
What amuses me is that Paisley may well be content to be photographed standing beside IRA Godfathers, whose organisation has been responsible for thousands of deaths, but bridles at the prospect of being photographed beside Pope Benedict - a man who has done no harm to anyone!
I get very fed up with the sectarian bigotry of Northern Ireland and as far as I am concerned, there is no sin to be found in greeting the Pope should he decide to visit this part of the United Kingdom. However sharing power with terrorist apologists is an immense sin. Surely the leader of the Free Presbyterian Church does not require this sinner to point that out to him????