Cardinal stops papal visit to the Netherlands


This is a Dutch music video of the satirical song Popie Jopie; about the visit of Pope John Paul II to the Netherlands in 1985. During that visit, faithful of the pope were outnumbered by demonstrators opposed to John Paul II’s views against LGBTQ rights and women’s reproductive rights.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Eijk blocks papal visit

Updated: Tuesday 1 Feb 2014, 10:00

Cardinal Eijk has stopped a planned visit by the pope to Amsterdam. Eijk feared a lack of enthusiasm among the population, Trouw daily reports.

The bishop of Haarlem and Amsterdam, Punt, spoke in July with the pope and asked him if he wanted to come to Amsterdam. The pope seemed to be excited about this and said he would wait for an official invitation, Trouw writes. Then Punt made ​​concrete plans: a script was ready and there was money available.

Cardinal Eijk was afraid that, as with the previous papal visit in 1985, no one would show up. He then decided that it should not continue.

The Roman Catholic hierarchy in the Netherlands has accused daily Trouw of lying about this.

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