Pope Benedict XVI will travel to Britain this Thursday, the first papal visit since John Paul II's visit in 1982 - set to cost the taxpayer up to £20 million, to pay for a man responsible for the systematic cover-up of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests.

The pontiff's stay will last until the 19th September, to which the theme of the visit includes that of relations between the Christian Churches and the major faiths.

However, with many Government departments facing cuts of up to 40%, many will be questioning the logistics of paying such a huge sum of money to provide for a man standing in dirty scandals up to his mitre, which are surrounding the entire Catholic Church.

Referencing to the recent allegations of sex abuse in the Catholic Church, Terry Sanderson, president of the National Secular Society, stated: 'Given the daily revelations of scandals surrounding the Pope, it is extraordinary we should be lauding him and treating him to all these nice events at the taxpayers' expense.

'We should be criticising him and asking him to explain events, not making out he's a hero.'

In 2001, while the current Pope was a cardinal, known as Joseph Ratzinger, he had, for 24 years, headed the powerful Congregation of the Doctrine of The Faith - ironically the department of the Roman Catholic Church charged with promoting Catholic teachings on morals and matters of faith. He was a key figure in the cover up of Catholic priests all over the world, who were sexually abusing children. He issued a secret Vatican edict, instructing Catholic bishops to put the Church's interest ahead of child safety.

If abusive priests were discovered, they were not investigated or prosecuted - instead the Church moved them from one place to another, often leading to reoffending.

The Catholic Church is, of course, homophobic, with a history of sentencing homosexuals to death, as it goes against the bible's teachings, and therefore God. Yet if a Catholic priest were to carry out a homosexual act on a small child, it is simply ignored, as if it never happened.

Britain should not be paying such a huge amount of money for a man, meant to be God's representative on Earth, who does not care for a child's safety from sick, hypocritical priests who sexually abuse young helpless children, and to which does not have any moral sense of justice whatsoever. It makes swearing upon the bible in a court meaningless, if the Pope does not even abide by its teachings.

Christianity is not a religion promoting child abuse or hatred, with many highly valued morals in its teachings that should be respected. But the Pope, alongside many other Catholic priests and bishops across the world, do not represent this at all. It is the reason why that any good that is taught in the bible is overlooked due to the horrific acts carried out by those who are meant to be living by the word of the God.

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