MPs have audience with Pope
But Cranmer is even more intrigued that this is Mr Binley’s second such audience, and that it was his hope that the meeting will be ‘productive and useful for our two governments' relations’.
Is Mr Binley there on behalf of HM Government?
Apparently, His Holiness greeted the ‘All Party Parliamentary Group from the United Kingdom’, yet this cannot be a public audience, for private discussions must be taking place for the meeting to be 'productive and useful'. But why are they granted such an audience, and what did they discuss? Contraception? The Lisbon Treaty? Child abuse? Islamic terrorism? Social Justice? The anti-Christian roots of Freemasonry? Or the remarkably successful ‘brand decontamination’ which ‘God’s Rottweiler’ has undergone to become the quite remarkable Pope Benedict XVI? The Conservatives could certainly learn a lot from that.
If any communicants can throw any light on these meetings, he would be deeply appreciative. All-Party groups are rather nebulous entities, and are usually despatched on ‘fact-finding’ missions. But Cranmer cannot find which such group has audiences with the Pope, and why.
Mr Binley’s specialism appears to be ‘Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reforms’. His Holiness must be a rather busy man, and is hardly likely to be much enthused by that.
Does this unspecified All-Party Parliamentary Group also have audiences with the Archbishop of Canterbury?