SYDNEY Lord Mayor Clover Moore plans to kick Pope Benedict XVI and the six-day World Youth Day festival out of the council-controlled Hyde Park for failing to pay their bills on time.
I’d love to see that match Clover V Pope. cue WWF style MC: In the red corner, weighing in at 85Kgs, his papalness looks fighting fit, but in the blue corner, Clover, 2005 kick boxing champion, looks hard to beat. cue raucous WWF style crowd: Go Clover!
The extraordinary stand-off between the City of Sydney supremo and the pontiff follows the Catholic Church’s failure to pay a $150,000 bond for use of the park by a 5pm deadline on Friday.
and the Catholics are so poor.
The Lord Mayor supports the event but wants to make sure that Hyde Park, part of which may be
closed for up to three months after World Youth Day to repair damage from thousands of Catholic pilgrims treading on the turf,
receives due funding for the necessary repairs and re-turfing.
… but now, just weeks before it’s due to start, organisers are backing down on a commitment to fully fund the cost of restoring Hyde Park to its pre-WYD condition.
Hey, Catholic Church, you know you have the funds, just cough up.
I applaud Clover standing up against the Catholic World Youth Day, its organisers and the Pope, and trying to ensure that Hyde Park is suitably rehabilitated after the C-WYD event.