D66 opposes pope's visit to EP

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27 March 2007, AMSTERDAM - Member of the European Parliament for Democrats D66 Sophie in 't Veld opposes the pope's planned visit to the European Parliament.

27 March 2007


AMSTERDAM -  Member of the European Parliament for Democrats D66 Sophie in 't Veld opposes the pope's planned visit to the European Parliament.

In 't Veld leads a working group of politicians that advocates the separation of church and state. "I don't see the need to bring all sorts of religious leaders to Parliament," In 't Veld said on Monday. "And especially not this pope. He assertively opposes European values about homosexuals and women."

Pope Benedictus XVI was invited last Friday by speaker of the European Parliament Hans-Gert Poettering, a German Christian democrat.

In 't Veld thinks that if the pope is coming, the Parliament should also invite the head of the European humanists.

Christian Democrat (CDA) leader in the European Parliament, theologian Maria Martens, is very pleased that the pope has been invited. "He was asked as head of state of the Vatican. And I think that dialogue with religions is extremely important: there is no peace in the world without peace between religions," Martens said from Rome, where she is attending a conference of bishops.

Martens said D66 was selective in its opposition. "I didn't hear any objection from them when the Dalai Lama was visiting. I think D66 opposes the visit simply because they do not agree with the pope's views."

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