The Pope strongly criticised the “marginalisation” of Christianity in modern
Britain, claiming that churchgoers were forced to act against their
conscience in the name of secular equality.
Delivering the most important speech of his historic visit, he attacked the
politically correct ideas that Christmas should not be celebrated for fear
of offending minorities and that the faithful should be forced to keep their
beliefs to themselves.
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Speaking in Westminster Hall before an audience including four former prime
Pope declared that politicians must not interfere with the
running of Roman Catholic institutions, in what would be seen as a reference
to those adoption agencies and faith schools that felt under attack from the
previous Labour government.