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German Cardinal Walter Kasper too ill to visit GB

Of course Cardinal Walter Kasper has been ill “for some days,” but who knew he would not be accompanying the pope to England before it became known that he had commented:

When you arrive at Heathrow you think at times that you’ve landed in a Third World country.

Nick Squires in Rome and Martin Beckford of the London Telegraph wrote:

Cardinal Kasper, who recently retired as the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity having headed it since 2001, said that Britain was a “secular and pluralist” country in which there was a “distance from God”, noting that there was “a crisis of faith” in much of the West.

He referred to the case of a British Airways employee, Nadia Eweida, who was suspended by the airline in 2006 after she refused to stop wearing a crucifix around her neck, and alluded to the activities of prominent atheists such as Professor Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion.

Cardinal Kasper made the remarks during an interview with the German magazine, Focus, and is said to be ignoring suggestions that he apologize.

So the remarks become an unretracted part of the pope’s [now ongoing] state visit to England, and is dubbed by Michael White of the Guardian, “only the latest contribution to what now amounts to a major motorway pile-up.”

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September 16, 2010 - Posted by | Pope Benedict XVI, Religion |

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