It appear that some Vatican hierarchs are angry about a joke within the British Foreign Office, where a junior-ish civil servant brainstormed about various unlikely activities for the pope when he visits the UK. They're so angry that some of them supposedly regret the plan for the forthcoming papal visit. Too bad that these regrets will come to nothing and that the British are going to waste millions of dollars hosting the leader of an unpleasant religious cult (and, no, Herr Ratzinger won't be arrested for alleged crimes committed outside of British jurisdiction).
Of course, British government officials have issued an apology - what else could they do, tell Ratzinger to grow up and get a sense of humour? Well, that might have been an idea. Frankly, it's always healthy to see the cult of misery treated with the scorn that it deserves. As a matter of fact, the Foreign Office suggestions make a lot more sense than the pope's typical activities on such visits.
How many times does it need to be said? The pope is not some kind of moral leader. If anything, quite the opposite. He is the head of a very large, very wealthy, overly powerful cult whose "moral" teachings are based on sick attitudes to the human mind and body. However much or little Ratzinger may be personally implicated in the cover up of child sex abuse cases within the cult - and I'm not following the detail all that closely - he deserves no particular respect in any event. Certainly not the ludicrous deference that he's accustomed to. He's not anyone's holy father, and the sooner his corrupt organisation collapses like a house of cards the better. That's not to deny that there are good, compassionate people in the Church, but surely they can find a healthier environment outside it.