"The Presbyterian Moderator, Dr Norman Hamilton, plans to go to a service in Westminster on Friday, attended by the Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury.
But Dr Hamilton said he turned down the opportunity to be presented to the Pope after the service because of "troubling issues" which needed to be addressed.
He insisted his decision was not a snub to Catholics or Pope Benedict XVI.
He said he had changed his plans in order to accept an invitation to attend Friday's ceremony because he wanted to show "proper respect to the Roman Catholic people of Ireland and their leader"."Staff Writer for BBC World News (Based in Great Britain; Not Independent of the State; Secular/General British Special Interests Coverage)14 / 09 | September / 2010: "Presbyterian Moderator refuses to shake the Pope's hand"
He goes on to claim that Ireland's Catholics are traumatized and distrust the Catholic church, and that that is why he will not shake the pope's hand. A handshake is a basic greeting, anyone who refuses to give it is snubbing the other individual. Pope Benedict XVI, is personally responsible, since given the power in around 2001: for making sex abuse cases be dealt with properly. He is also responsible for the recent scandal revelations, prompted by the actions of the hierarchy itself.