A non-Catholic senior Foreign Office source agrees: “You'd be very foolish as a Government to fall in with the negative voices on a papal visit. Look at Australia — he went there at the height of the backlash about his handling of child abuse and among predictions that it would be a disaster.There is also a link from this page to another page, a page that gives some information about where and when it will be possible to see Pope Benedict during his visit to London. Within the text of this second page, Archbishop Nichols invites Londoners to take the opportunity to come out and welcome Pope Benedict during his time in London.
“By the time he left, more people had turned out to see him than had seen the Sydney Olympics.”
And The Times is due to publish a 16 page supplement next Thursday, dedicated to the Papal visit.
H/T Catholic Whistle.