Pope denounces same sex coalition as ‘an abomination’

May 16, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI has described the new coalition government between Nick Clegg and David Cameron as ‘an abomination’ and ‘an insidious and dangerous threat to society.’ Speaking to pilgrims at the shrine of St Jan of Moir, the patron saint of prejudice, the 83 year old pontiff declared: ‘same sex coalitions are clearly proscribed in the Bible. Leviticus states that it is wrong for a man to ally with another man, even if it is in the national interest.’

The Pope’s comments are expected to cause serious tensions when he visits Britain in September. ‘His Holiness will find it difficult to deal with two men whom he knows are actively engaged in sordid and unseemly acts of coalition,’ said Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. ‘He may refuse to shake their hands and I very much doubt if he will let either man kiss his ring.’

In a joint statement, David Cameron and Nick Clegg said: ‘obviously, we are disappointed that our civil partnership has not received the blessing of the Pope. Coalition between two consenting adults is perfectly natural. Ours is the love that dare not speak its name. The deep, profound and beautiful love of two men for power.’

Opinion polls show that the British public are divided over the morality of same sex coalitions. ‘What these people get up to in smoke filled rooms is a matter for them,’ said London cabbie, Richard Littlejohn, ‘what I can’t stand is when they start parading themselves around in public and trying and shove it down our throats.’

Scholars continue to debate what the Bible actually says about coalition. Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams said: ‘much of the text is open to interpretation and when it was written people did not fully understand about coalitions. However, I should point out that Corinthians 6:9 also denounces fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, the effeminate, thieves, the covetous and drunkards – which probably rules out most of Parliament.’

When asked whether the Pope might reconsider his position, a Vatican spokesman said, ‘I very much doubt it. His Holiness strongly disapproves of same sex coalitions but he really hates the idea of Con-Dems.’

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