Pope will face questions from UK ministers
UK ministers are expected to raise the Vatican’s opposition to the use of condoms for the prevention of HIV Aids during talks this week, as the UK prepares to welcome Pope Benedict VXI for a four-day visit this Thursday.
The Pope will meet both Prime Minister David Cameron and his deputy Nick Clegg next weekend, as a visiting head of State. The UK Ambassador to the Holy See, Francis Campbell, told Scotland on Sunday that the question of condom use in fighting HIV Aids is an area of “fundamental disagreement” and is likely to be discussed.
However, ministers are keen to avoid any diplomatic row between the UK and the Vatican during the visit, which takes place amid a backdrop of expected protests, and will raise any matter of controversy “respectfully”.
The British Humanist Association as part of the Protest the Pope campaign is asking members and supporters to write to their MPs encouraging them to pass questions and concerns about the Pope’s state visit and the policies of the “Holy See” on to party leaders.