VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI will continue with plans to address the German parliament next week, despite the threat of a boycott by dozens of legislators.
“It would please us if the speech were to be received by the whole assembly,” said Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, adding that “if instead others disagree, it is not something that concerns us. The Pope will speak to those present.”
Father Lombardi’s Sept. 16 comments came during a briefing ahead of Pope Benedict’s visit to Germany, Sept. 22-25.
In recent weeks the German media has reported that dozens of left-wing parliament members are planning to boycott or walk out of the Pope’s address to...READ MORE