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Monday, 20 April 2009

Gift-giving, and Schism

Addendum, 4/21 - My WhiskeyTangoHotel sense was working just fine -- this report was s a hoax. Still wondering about the word "schism," though..

This report strikes me as odd, to say the least.
The Pope, on the occasion of his guest's first visit since a divorce, is going to give the latter the upscale version of a Franklin Mint collectible reminding him of a predecessor's divorce troubles?

Rather insensitive...

In his first audience at the Vatican since his divorce from Diana, Princess of Wales, the Prince will receive a gift of a “luxury facsimile” of an appeal to Pope Clement VII in 1530 in which English peers asked for the annulment of Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon, The Times said.

According to reports, Benedict XVI intends the gift as a good-will gesture intended to assist in the healing of relations between the Vatican and the Church of England.

And even more peculiar, the report implies that Rome thinks of what happened when Henry's quest for an heir, (and his lust, frankly,) ran amuck as a "schism".

Is that accurate?

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