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Registration begins for tickets for pope visit

The Local · 16 May 2011, 10:58

Published: 16 May 2011 10:58 GMT+02:00

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Tickets for the appearances by Pope Benedict XVI can be requested at www.papst-in-deutschland.de starting on Monday.

Pope fans without internet access can register personally with the local parishes. For security reasons, only those with tickets will be admitted to the services.

Although an address to the German parliament and meetings with top politicians have long been planned for the pope’s official state visit, Church leaders were reportedly so worried about possible low attendance in Berlin that they debated whether to have a public mass during his visit.

The late Pope John Paul II drew large crowds during his 1996 visit to Berlin, but many in the crowds were actually Poles who wanted to see “their” pope.

The election of then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in April 2005 to succeed John Paul II was a source of great pride in Germany, whose population is about 30 percent Roman Catholic. But sexual abuse scandals involving priests have done serious damage in Germany, with a major public outcry and a wave of members leaving the Church.

The 83-year-old pontiff has himself faced allegations that he failed to take action against paedophile priests while serving at the Vatican's watchdog for morals and doctrinal issues, as well as during his stint as the archbishop of Munich.

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13:36 May 16, 2011 by iseedaftpeople
I too will be going to Berlin... but to protest against the Pope's visit. Looking forward to a big protest rally.
14:09 May 16, 2011 by William Thirteen
No one expects the Spanish Inquisition!
15:00 May 16, 2011 by Jibzy
Hide yo kids.. Hide yo wife..
16:07 May 16, 2011 by iseedaftpeople

"Hide yo kids.. Hide yo wife.. "

more like, hide your kids and your civil partner...

To me, clergy pedophiles aside, the entire Vatican is one big closeted gay pride parade. I mean no disrespect for gays... but Ratzinger and his entourage are just pathetic.

I'm not gay myself, but the Catholic Church's medieval stance on everything concerning life, and human sexuality in particular, just appalls me. And I am not ok with the German government's sycophantic fawning invitation to the Pope to come and speak in the Reichstag... as the saying goes, without dissent, it's not democracy - and therefore, I see it as my duty to express my dissent by joining whatever protest march will be taking place in Berlin at the time of Ratzinger's visit.
21:00 May 16, 2011 by Bishopbayern
He is a good man, stop making him adopt a pro-gay point of view when its against the beleifs of the church. He is for humility and peace. A great German and a leader against the latest fads.
23:12 May 16, 2011 by FIUMAN
The Catholic Church is decaying from the top down because it will not allow change to adopt to make it culturally relevant. Clinging to structural constructs like male only priests, refusal to accept gender identity as a genetic origin, refusing to allow divorces, etc, etc, etc are only showing the Catholic Church to be a dinosauric throw-back to earlier and shall I add repudiated times.
00:03 May 17, 2011 by iseedaftpeople

Ignorance still is bliss, isn't it?
00:35 May 17, 2011 by KEM
I really don't understand all this hostility against the church!

So when a non-religious person makes a mistake (as hideous as it may be), psychoanalysis begins and tries to dig up his childhood to find an incident or a story that will justify what he did. But when a person related to church makes a mistake, we are racing to who will throw the first rock!

Sure they make mistakes! They are human!

Pope Benedict is a great man. When people describe him as a conservative, I see him as a man of right or wrong, black or white! In a society that lost many of its values and where everything is justified and allowed, his voice is greatly needed.
07:20 May 17, 2011 by auniquecorn
What exactly made this guy a great man?

The fact that he turned a blind eye to all the clergy pedophiles.

I never heard of him traveling around the world lending a helping hand like Mother Terisa. He just sat in his thron and let all the religious fanatics drool all over him.

I to would protest if I were in Berlin. first for the fact that the church is one of the biggest scams in the world, and second because germany will spend millions of euro just so this twerp can come back to his home country and preach.
11:40 May 17, 2011 by iseedaftpeople

well said... that sums up many of my complaints about Ratzinger and the Catholic Church. And yes, why should my taxes be spent on a visit from a religious dignitary that not even one third of the population recognize as head of their faith... yes, it's true, only about 30 percent of Germans are Catholic, therefore, they are a religious minority, and do not deserve the kind of uber-status that is awarded to the Pope by shelling out generously for his visit. And besides, the Vatican is one of the richest entities on the globe, why don't we make THEM pay for everything, down to the last penny?

But Catholicism has since Benedict came to power well and truly infiltrated and infected German politics. Not since Adenauer has the Catholic Church wielded as much political power, often behind closed doors and sometimes unnoticeable to the untrained eye, as it does now, with the Catholic CDU in power. And that stinks to, ahem, high heaven, and is another reason why I will be joining the protests in Berlin.
10:07 May 18, 2011 by CMHMunich

Mistakes? Really? The fact that you call the crimes committed by these monsters 'mistakes' is appalling. These are sick individuals that were protected by the church and will never fully be accountable for their actions. Are others not associated with the church that commit these horrible crimes also making 'mistakes'?

@iseedaftpeople, @FIUMAN, @auniquecorn: all well said.
10:30 May 18, 2011 by Zobirdie
Well.. I have registered. Not because I am catholic... but because I am curious to see him. Same way I might go to seethe Dali Lhama (sp) or any other religious leader.

I find it interesting... reading these comments. There have been a lot of priest pedo scandals and they are absolutely horrible. There have been, in the same time, a lot of teacher pedo scandals. Do you protesters go hit up the teaching conventions when they are in town? Cause let me tell you, the British Columbia Teachers Federation hid pedo teachers as well in the same period... or moved them from school to school in the same period because it was too hard to fire them.

Do you protest Roma groups? They think its socially and culturally acceptable to sell 13 year old girls into marriage, or skip the marriage part and just get to the knocking up. Do you protest Muslim leaders? They allow the selling of young girls into marriage as well.. and a muslim man can have up to four wives. Look at OBL.

I think the Catholic church deserves a fair amount of scorn for their foolish actions as regards pedobear priests. I think they owe the world answers and restitution to the victims. Yet I wonder how many of you antipedo warriors spread your protesting around to all the groups who have done the same ting? Or continue to do the same thing?

Its really in vogue right now to hate the church... and I would respect you all far more if you treated all groups the same way. But I know that half of you on here will valiantly defend the Roma for their cultural right to have a 45 year old man rape and impregnate a 13 year old girl while you spit on a priest because another priest he doesnt even know raped a 13 year old boy (or girl, for that matter).

I just find the comparative morality interesting.
09:08 May 19, 2011 by MfromUSA
Oh sure now.........Great Pope and good man...uh huh, right.

Ask the sexual abuse victims if he is such a good deal. he left them all to fend for themselves while he merrily worked his way into the papacy.

Wouldn't want to make waves or rock too many boats now would we????

It might screw up our chance of becoming pope.

Anyone who ignored the reality of the abuse of children, by priests, should NEVER be pope and certainly should not be beautified on the road to sainthood.

But, this is the same institution that murdered so many people all in the name of God and religion.

Sure makes me want to be part of their clan!
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