Councillor at odds with his party on Pope

Alderman Jim Rodgers

Alderman Jim Rodgers

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Former Lord Mayor Jim Rodgers has spoken out against inviting Pope Francis to Belfast, branding the idea “a step too far”.

The UUP councillor made the remarks after it emerged the head of the Catholic church could be invited to the city, after SDLP councillor Pat McCarthy tabled a proposal for the monthly Belfast City Council meeting, due to take place next Tuesday.

In remarks which go against the grain of his party line, councillor Rodgers said: “I am a churchman myself. I am a Methodist and was brought up a congregationalist and I am not opposed to the Pope even though he is described by some people as the anti-Christ.


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