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September 21st, 2011, 2:11 pm

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Posted by Apostatus

Tomorrow that guy is coming to Germany and will speak in the parliament. I do not approve...

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Posted by corruption

oh, HIM!

When he was archbishop before becoming Pope, he was very well respected and admired all throughout Germany.

One thing I dislike about him was that a few years ago, about a year before the former Pope died, Germany instituted a policy where to recieve unemployment benifits you had to try all legally acceptable work, and he did not object to it.

Sounds fine until you realize that prostitution and other sex services are legal there.

Basically you have families where the wives and mothers are being forced to whore themselves out as best they can in order to get enough money to support their families, and the leading Christian figure in the country was doing nothing against it.

Posted at September 22nd, 2011, 2:50 am

Posted by Apostatus

Well, both things you mentioned are partially true. He was quite popular among Bavarian Catholics, frequently referred to as "Papa Ratzinger" or "Papa Razzi" ("Papa" is equivalent to "Daddy"). However, he was also known to be a strict conservative and as such not very popular among many Germans. his popularity actually skyrocketed (temporarily) after he became pope - not the least because he was massively popularized by Germany's largest boulevard paper (BILD, titling "We are pope").

The second point is more complicated. It is true that prostitution is legal in Germany and it is also true that unemployment payments can be cut by 30% if you reject job-offers from the unemployment agencies. So in pronciple, a job as prostitute could be offered in such a situation. However, you can reject job-offers if you give a good reason and the prostitution laws explicitely forbid to make having sex part of an employees job against her or his consent, so forcing women into prostitution should not occur. I actually found to cases googling, one where a former prostitute had rejected a job offer regarding prostitution and one where an unemployed woman recieved a job offer as a prostitute where the office later apologized for doing this, so it seems that there are rather single cases with a bit of confusion than a common problem. Of course, this doesn't mean that increased poverty doesn't draw/lead/push women towards prostitution as in any other country, regardless of legal status.

Posted at September 22nd, 2011, 12:41 pm

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