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Saturday, November 26, 2011

This story is so "Serial Mom" it can't be ignored.

 

Pope falls foul of German hosts by shunning seat belt...

A GERMAN citizen has filed a complaint against Pope Benedict XVI for not using a seat belt in the Popemobile during his September visit to his homeland.
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Lawyer Johannes Christian Sundermann has filed papers in Dortmund on behalf of his unnamed client, charging the Pope with “repeated breaches” of Germany’s seat belt law.
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“Herr Joseph Ratzinger, born 16 April 1927 in Marktl/Alt├Âtting” travelled on September 24th and 25th “for the duration of more than an hour” without a seat belt, the lawyer states in documents.
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Mr Sundermann and his client say they can prove the repeated misdemeanour during his visit to Freiburg – using videos from YouTube.
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The lawyer says his client, though not a Catholic, was concerned for the safety of the Pope in his armoured car, which reportedly has a seat belt though it usually moves at a walking pace. As a repeat seat belt offender, the man believes the Pope should face the maximum €2,500 fine allowed.
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Mr Sundermann has asked whether the diocese of Freiburg or the state authorities lifted the seat belt obligation for the pontiff.
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To that end, he has cited as witnesses to his case the German prelate Robert Zollitsch, archbishop of Freiburg, and Winfried Kretschmann, state premier of Baden-W├╝rttemberg.
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A spokesperson for the court in Dortmund confirmed papers had been filed but declined to comment further.
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The lawyer, a member of the Left Party, says his case will hinge on whether the Pope still holds German citizenship and whether he enjoyed diplomatic immunity during his visit.
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A Bundestag question from 2005 established that, though a citizen of the Vatican since 1981, a special arrangement was in place for Pope Benedict to retain his German passport.
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The foreign ministry confirmed yesterday that the Pope, as a visiting head of state, enjoyed diplomatic immunity during his recent stay.
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However, a government spokesman suggested that the Pope might not be immune from prosecution if he returned to Germany on a private visit. - Source

German people.  I hope the pope recycles and plans on changing up to CFL light bulbs come 2012!

4 comments:

  1. I wanna say the guy is just some secularist who hates the Church and wants to humiliate the pope and prove he's "just one of us," but then again, Germans really do give a crap about that kind of stuff.

    If it were England, or France, or the US, I wouldn't even second-guess it, but really, the guy may be serious, and even mean no malice by it.

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  2. I didn't know Bev Sutphin was German. Hope she doesn't catch His Holiness in white after Labor Day. Does the Holy Father wear Winter White?

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  3. Queer Nation.

    I used to see and hear this phrase every where a few years ago.

    I didn't know they were talking about Germany.

    I wouldn't do well in Deutschland.

    I stick a pencil in my mouth and run with scissors...

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  4. Well, Pablo, it IS a very safe place to live, an people take of themselves and each other. That is, unless you happen to walk into one of the culturally enriched Muslim areas of the big cities.

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