Official response, as discovered by a reader:
Vatican spokesman rejects claim German bishops disrespected Pope
.- Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi, S.J., dismissed what he called “ridiculous” claims circulating online that the German bishops disrespected Pope Benedict during his recent visit to the country.
Fr. Lombardi said that a YouTube video showing the Pope and German president Christian Wulff has been misconstrued by bloggers and other members of the media.
Some have claimed that as the Pope moved down the line and extended his hand to introduce the members of his entourage, he was ignored by a number of German bishops.
But Fr. Lombardi told CNA that “the interpretation given to that video that the German bishops were disrespectful to the Pope is absolutely unfounded.”
In fact, he added, the video “obviously shows the moment in which the Pope was introducing his entourage—not the German bishops—to the German president at his residency.”
“The Pope was gesturing with his hand to each member of the entourage, who greeted the President,” Fr. Lombardi said. “The Pope does not expect the members of his entourage, who travel with him, to extend their hands to him on that occasion.” moreIt just goes to show how important it is to interpret everything from two sides, even when one is sure they have the right answer. Keep those eyes open everyone!