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Storbritannias endrede karakter er noe det snakkes om, men da helst ikke rett fra levra, slik kardinal Walter Kasper gjorde. I et intervju sa han det å komme til Storbritannia var som å besøke et land i den tredje verden.

Kasper noterte også at en aggressiv ateisme, rettet mot kristendommen, har preget Storbritannia. Begge karakteristikker er uvelkomne, dvs. de treffer et ømt punkt. Kardinal Kasper er ikke med i pavens følge, offisielt pga dårlig helse.

Det var i et intervju med det tyske bladet Focus at Kasper lot tungen løpe fritt:

In an article headlined “A Third World country” he was quoted as saying: “When you arrive at Heathrow you think at times that you’ve landed in a Third World country.”
His secretary, Mgr Oliver Lahl, said the remark was a reference to the diverse, multi-cultural population of Britain, which the Cardinal has visited three times in recent years.
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 Prof Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion.
Cardinal Kasper said Christians in Britain suffered discrimination, “above all by an aggressive new atheism. If you wear a cross on British Airways, you are discriminated against.”

Daily Telegraph kaller dette en PR-blemme for Vatikanet, men det sier mer om hvor inngrodd den politiske korrektheten er blitt. Kardinalen påpeker trekk som har vært synlige i lang tid, både befolkningens endrede karakter, og kristendomsfiendtligheten. Det finnes ikke en tilsvarende fiendtlighet overfor islam.

Flere beklager at Kasper uteblir. Han er en liberal stemme i Vatikanet.

Avstanden mellom den katolske og anglikanske kirke er stor. Den anglikanske tillater kvinnelige prester, og i USA også ordinering av åpent homofile prester. De afrikanske kirkene har truet med brudd.

Kasper sier kvinnelig prester er utenkelige i den katolske kirke.

The Cardinal also said the Catholic Church would “never” allow the ordination of women. Asked if the Church might soften its position on women priests in 100 or 200 years, he said: “I’m not a prophet, but I don’t think so.”
The Anglican Communion has allowed women to be ordained and priests to be married, but the cardinal asked: “Does it seem to you that things have gone better for them?”
He had been due to take part in talks on ecumenicalism with senior Church of England figures this week, and predicted in the interview “a difficult dialogue”.
Cardinal Kasper added, however, that the Pope’s beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman in Birmingham “would not hinder” the building of closer relations with Anglicans.
He said Benedict was keen to find a “common strategy” with the Queen in defending Christian faith in Europe.

Det er dannet en The Protest the Pope coalition. Den mener besøket koster for mye: 100 millioner kroner og viser også til de seksuelle overgrepene og kirkens langvarige forsøk på å skjule dem. Erkebiskopen av Southwark, Peter Smith, frykter for pavens sikkerhet. Han er redde galninger eller fanatikere kan true paven.

Pope visit: Cardinal drops out after calling UK ‘Third World’
Cardinal Walter Kasper, a senior aide to the Pope, has pulled out of the Pontiff’s visit to Britain after saying the country resembled a “Third World country” where “aggressive new atheism” is rife.