The trip to Spain is coming up fast. As we will all no doubt remember, the socialist government of Zapatero has made repeated attacks on the institution of the family and the sacred sacrament of matrimony. Benedict will be meeting with Zapatero and in private I'm thinking Zapatero might see a little of the old Inquisitor. The masses of pro-family people making the pilgrimage to see the Holy Father should be impressive. If the turn out for the massive protests from when the Spanish Cortes was legalizing all that gay stuff is any indication, the crowds will be huge.
The rally in Madrid, June 18, 2005. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Spain's ties with the church have been strained since the Socialists took office in 2004, with an agenda that has included legalizing gay marriage and making it easier for Spaniards to divorce. Zapatero's Socialists have also scrapped plans by the previous conservative government to make religion classes obligatory in schools.
The Vatican released a program of Benedict's July 8-9 visit to Valencia to attend the Roman Catholic Church's World Meeting of Families. It said the talks with Zapatero would take place July 9, in the late afternoon, after a meeting with the Spanish royals.