Fallout From Leaked Memo Lampooning Pope's Visit

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The British Foreign Office has publicly apologized for an internal planning memo on the pope's upcoming visit to the United Kingdom that suggested he open an abortion clinic, launch his own line of "Benedict" condoms and sing a duet with the queen. The document, exposed in a U.K. newspaper Sunday, was the product of a junior-level planning meeting for Pope Benedict XVI's visit to England and Scotland in September.Suggestions for the pope also included blessing a gay marriage, sacking "dodgy" bishops and apologizing for the Spanish Armada. The memo circulated from the Foreign Office to Whitehall and Downing Street under the title "The ideal visit would see ..." but was not cleared by senior officials. As soon as senior officials became aware of the document, it was immediately withdrawn, according to the Foreign Office.