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Pope apologises but could do more

I have not been celebrating the visit by the Pope to the UK.  Rather it has reminded me of the disagreements I have with his views and policies.  There is so much that is controversial, from discrimination against women to prejudice against gay people.  Banning the use of contraception by Catholics means that if they follow the rule (and many do in poorer countries) they will have more children than they can afford to feed and population will grow.  Banning the use of condoms means that AIDS/HIV will spread more.  Sexual abuse by priests and then covering up the crimes has been a very shocking tale to many.  It seems as if preserving the reputation of the church has been given priority.  At least the Pope has apologised during his visit for the terrible crimes and has used the word "crime" rather than "sin".  I understand that he has met people who have been victims of the abuses and again he deserves credit for that.  However, protesters are asking for him to release all the files held at the Vatican about abuse by clergy. 

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