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

Catholic World News - 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.

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