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Germany: 100 members of parliament to boycott Pope’s speech

September 16, 2011

One hundred members of opposition parties have announced that they will boycott Pope Benedict’s speech to the German parliament.

“That is so small-minded that one doesn't know whether to laugh or to cry,” said Cardinal Joachim Meisner. “And the fact that they sit in parliament does not leave a positive mark on the noble representation of the German people.”


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  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Sep. 19, 2011 2:08 PM ET USA

    Well, I know I'm impressed.

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Sep. 19, 2011 12:23 AM ET USA

    Why would they want to hear from the Vicar of Christ? They would have to examine their lives.

  • Posted by: Salome - Sep. 17, 2011 5:06 PM ET USA

    They will be missing their chance to hear their language spoken in exemplary fashion and probably the most intelligent and thought-provoking ideas they are likely to hear in a long time.

  • Posted by: Gaby - Sep. 16, 2011 8:31 PM ET USA

    He's also a German national. You'd think that simply from the perspective of "local boy makes it big", they'd want to honor one of their own.

  • Posted by: Gaby - Sep. 16, 2011 8:25 PM ET USA

    Um, the Pope is a Head of State... Someone ought to inform the noble members of Germany's Parliament.

  • Posted by: New Sister - Sep. 16, 2011 11:21 AM ET USA

    How “judgmental” of them!

  • Posted by: DrJazz - Sep. 16, 2011 8:45 AM ET USA

    They enjoy their ignorance and prefer to remain mired in it.