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article imagePope Benedict XVI greeted by gay 'angels'

By Mathew Wace Peck     Sep 19, 2010 in World
London - When Pope Benedict XVI visited Twickenham, during his four-day state visit to the UK, he was greeted by a group of near-naked male models dressed as angels.
The models were taking part in a demonstration against the Pope, who is accused of helping the Roman Catholic Church cover up the cases of child abuse involving hundreds of priests over many decades.
Also present were gay-rights campaigners from the Richmond LGBT Forum, an Italian gay group Circolo di Cultura Omosessuale Mario Mieli and the human-rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell. The models were hired by Gaydar, a commercial gay-contacts website, which is based in the Twickenham.
Following some criticism of Gaydar's involvement in the protest, which was posted to the Pink News forum, Jason posted the following response on behalf of the website:
Gaydar was invited to Protest the Pope by the Richmond Coalition against the Pope's state visit. Given our global headquarters are *in* Twickenham we were only too happy to lend our support. We also sponsored members of Mario Mieli, the largest LGBT organization in Rome, to come to London – without Gaydar's help they would have been unable to attend and we felt it important that they did. We used the Gaydar Angels to help draw attention to serious issues.
The Pope had been attending St Mary’s University College, as part of his controversial journey around Britain, before going on to Lambeth Palace to meet the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, and then to the House of Commons.
Before arriving in London, the pontiff had been to Edinburgh to meet Queen Elizabeth II, the British head of state and head of the Church of England, where, he warned of the so-called dangers, as he put it, of “the aggressive forms of secularism”.
It is more than 400 years since Elizabeth II’s predecessor, King Henry VIII, became the first head of the Church of England. This followed Henry VIII’s break from Rome after the then pope refused to grant the king a divorce from Catherine of Arragon. Despite more than four centuries of progress and enlightenment elsewhere in the modern world, the Vatican still appears to be living in the past.
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