Apparently someone in the British government has a sense of humor, unlike those folks at the Vatican. In what appears to be satire, a memo leaked from the Foreign Office suggests that the Pope alternately open an abortion clinic, launch a condom line and bless gay marriage. I mean, I think that’s hilarious, and at some point the Pope covering up for child molesters has to become funny. Right? Well, leave it to the stodgy old church to get their panties in a wad about the whole thing:

But Jack Valero, a spokesman for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, called the memo a “joke that’s gone out of control.”

“It was somebody trying to be funny in an offensive sort of way,” he said, adding it was “not important” and that “Catholics are used to forgiveness.”

Ah, yes — forgiveness, like that which is granted to pedophiles. I believe we’re all familiar by now.

And PS, good analysis of the joke, Valero. It was indeed somebody trying to be funny…in an offensive sort of way.