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Cardinal Error: Pope’s Aide Not Sorry (Yet) for ‘Third World’ Slight

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Posted on Sep 16, 2010
AP / Plinio Lepri

Cardinal Walter Kasper smiles after a meeting of the College of Cardinals at the Vatican in 2005.

Things got off to a not-so-cracking start for Pope Benedict XVI’s U.K. tour after a member of his entourage, one Cardinal Walter Kasper, compared Britain to a “Third World country” just hours before Team Vatican prepared for arrival Thursday.  —KA

The Guardian:

Cardinal Walter Kasper, the senior Catholic who prompted controversy on the eve of Pope Benedict’s visit by comparing Britain to a third world country, has refused to apologise for his comments, his spokesman said today.

Kasper, 77, the Vatican’s leading expert on relations with the Church of England, told a German magazine: “When you arrive at Heathrow you think at times that you’ve landed in a third world country.”

Hours before the Pope flew to Scotland early today to start his four-day visit to the UK, Kasper’s withdrawal from the trip for health reasons was announced.

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By dsmith, September 17, 2010 at 4:53 am Link to this comment
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I would remind the cardinal that Jesus, his so-called savior, looked like a “thrid world person.”

Of course Jesus’ ethnic looks are not accurately portreyed in most paintings, where he is commonly depicted as Robert Redford with long golden hair and beard.

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By babycatajesus, September 16, 2010 at 11:17 pm Link to this comment

Walter Kasper smiles smugly like the proverbial Cheshire Cat (I mean to insult to the noble cat species), whilst personally reaping the benefits of 2,000 years of tax free accumulated wealth that the Corporation called the Holy (Unholy?) Catholic Church has amassed.
No doubt he smiles smugly, safe in the knowledge that his “God” is on his side, and cursed unto Eternity those who he and his unholy brethren cannot batten and feed upon.

I feel safe knowing that his God is surely in his (or her) rightful place (up there), and that the Devil does exist, and stalks this Earth (down here)!

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By gerard, September 16, 2010 at 7:58 pm Link to this comment

Consider the Cardinal’s gout.
Don’t you wonder what that’s all about.
  He can sit but can’t walk
  and must zip up his talk
for the Brits do not like speaking out

nor his comments on English sociey
with its, colorful racial variety
  from burkas to knickers
  even saris and slickers
the result of their Third World moieties.

So he stays in his room out of sight
to decide if he might not or might
  say he’s sorry he offended
  if his comment open-ended
was taken amiss, not aright.

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