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Thursday, 16 September 2010

Pope Benedict's Adviser pulls out of UK visit after describing UK as third world country

A senior adviser to Pope Benedict, Cardinal Walter Kasper has pulled out of the Pope's UK visit after saying arriving at London's Heathrow airport was like landing in a "Third World" country.

Cardinal Walter Kasper
Across at the BBC News website;
The German-born cardinal was quoted as saying to the country's Focus magazine that "when you land at Heathrow you think at times you have landed in a Third World country".

The article goes on;
Vatican sources said Cardinal Kasper - who stepped down in July as the head of the department that deals with other Christian denominations - was suffering from gout and had been advised by his doctors not to travel to the UK.

The Vatican go on and said his "Third World" comment referred to the UK's multicultural society.

Hmmm, I am not sure that line helps him, it actually makes it sound even worse, possibly bordering on racism but as the Cardinal is no longer coming to the UK with the Pope, the media won't get to actually ask him what he really meant.

The Cardinal is conveniently suffering from gout, allegedly and has therefore been prevented from travelling to the UK with the Pope and his team.

What a lot of pish and yet another bloody cover up by the Catholic Church and it's Department of cover ups.

1 comment:

Caron said...

It's not exactly what you'd call tactful and respectful. It kind of reminds you of some of Prince Philip's finest moments.

I hope that the Pope will remember he's visiting all the UK's citizens as a guest of the state.

And as for the Catholic Church, a simple apology would have sufficed, but they aren't very good at that.

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