This was rather good:
“There are those who would advocate that the voice of religion be silenced, or at least relegated to the purely private sphere,”
This was even better:
“There are those who argue that the public celebration of festivals such as Christmas should be discouraged, in the questionable belief that it might somehow offend those of other religions or none”.
But the best was probably this one:
“And there are those who argue – paradoxically, with the intention of eliminating discrimination – that Christians in public roles should be required at times to act against their conscience.”
This being a diplomatic visit with a Head of State visiting a sovereign Parliament, I assume this obvious reference to the adoption agencies scandal has been instantly understood by anyone present.
On a different note, it was very nice to see the Pontiff honouring St. Thomas More, in the same Westminster Hall where he was tried and sentenced to a glorious death as a Martyr.
The most notable development, though, continues to be the absence of loud protest and the popular participation way above expectations. Weather continues to be fine, the Pope continues to be in form and, it seems to me, rather in high spirits.
Will be interesting to know more about the people arrested in the next hours.