+VGR and "Pope Ratzinger"
Bishop Robinson said: "We are seeing so many Roman Catholics joining the church. Pope Ratzinger may be the best thing that ever happened to the Episcopal Church."
He continued: "I find it so vile that they think they are going to end the child abuse scandal by throwing out homosexuals from seminaries. It is an act of violence that needs to be confronted." His speech at St-Martin-in-the-Fields, in Trafalgar Square, was part of the 10th anniversary of the gay rights group Changing Attitude.
Bishop Chartres of London did not permit Bishop Robinson to function sacramentally at the church or to preach. Instead, Robinson spoke after the service from the chancel rather than the pulpit.