How often have you accidently made public something which you thought was funny, (or perhaps wicked, or some other less than flattering sentiment). The times I did it, it did not generate an international incident (that I know of). It is too easy to hit the enter key when you mean to hit the shift or backspace key. This may be how the British Foreign Office came to issue the apology below. One wonders if the counseling mentioned has resulted in a job loss.
The Foreign Office has apologised for a “foolish” document which suggested the Pope’s UK visit could be marked by the launch of “Benedict-branded” condoms.
Called “The ideal visit would see…”, the paper suggested the Pope be invited to open an abortion clinic and bless a gay marriage during September’s visit.
The Foreign Office stressed the paper, which resulted from a “brainstorm” on the visit, did not reflect its views.
The junior civil servant responsible had been put on other duties, it said. . . .
The paper was attached as one of three “background documents” to a memo dated 5 March 2010 inviting officials in Whitehall and Downing Street to attend a meeting to discuss themes for the papal visit.
It suggested Benedict XVI could show his hard line on the sensitive issue of child abuse allegations against Roman Catholic priests by “sacking dodgy bishops” and launching a helpline for abused children.
It went on to propose the Pope could apologise for the Spanish Armada or sing a song with the Queen for charity.