In a development which has shocked the world’s media, Pope Francis and President Donald Trump have both offered asylum to embattled former Archbishop George Carey.
Carey is threatened with action in the British Courts for child sex offences. Said Donald Trump, in an anguished late-night tweet: ‘Let him come to us, we will protect him from those money grubbing lawyers’.
Pope Francis – never knowingly undersold on mercy and forgiveness – offered asylum in the Vatican. ‘We are no strangers here to providing refuge for those under investigation by the Civil Courts. He will not even be our first George.’
Who will win the compassion competition?
Antonio Spadaro is in no doubt. ‘The Holy Father has opened his arms to enfold the erring Archbishop. As the world knows, Francis’s middle name is Mercy. We intend to win this one hands down.’