Pope condemns same-sex coalition

And don't even get me started on whether women ought to be Home Secretary

Pope Benedict XVI has described the new coalition government between Nick Clegg and David Cameron as ‘an abomination’ and ‘an insidious,  dangerous threat to society.’ Speaking to pilgrims at the shrine of St Jan of Moir, 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.’

Scholars debate what the Bible actually says about coalition. Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, said: ‘Much of the text is open to interpretation and when it was written people did not fully understand about coalitions. However, Corinthians 6:9 does denounce fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, the effeminate, thieves, the covetous and drunkards – so I think we must admit that this covers most of the usual activities of Members 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, really hates the idea of Con-Dems.’

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