I could be wrong here, but it seems like to me a lot of (very intelligent) people are angered by the Catholic church and its popes who together have done nothing but cause harm and cover-ups pretty much throughout its existence. So suddenly some government worker take a few cracks at the precious pope and complete pandemonium results?? Seriously? WTF people. I had always given the Brits more credit than to fall all over themselves apologizing for such a thing.
Hell, I think the bits I’ve read of the memo had some good ideas. Especially the suggestions to “sack dodgy bishops” and opening an helpline for abused children. But then, why would the Catholic church do a thing like that?? That might actually be construed as them giving a shit.