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Pope's Adviser Calls Britain 'Third World Country,' Drops Out of Trip to U.K.

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Benedict XVI's trip to Great Britain this week was already shaping up as a controversial showdown between a tradition-bound pope and a secularized British society, but inflammatory remarks by a German cardinal who was to have accompanied Benedict have upped the tensions even before the trip starts.

Cardinal Walter Kasper, a well-known and popular churchman who recently retired as head of the Vatican department in charge of relations with other churches, was quoted by a German magazine saying Britain is a "Third World country" marked by "a new and aggressive atheism."

The Vatican immediately announced that Kasper, 77, was suffering from gout and would not be accompanying the pope on the four-day trip, set to start Thursday.

Kasper told the magazine Focus that "when you land at Heathrow you think at times you have landed in a Third World country." The Vatican said the cardinal had not intended "any kind of slight" and said he was referring to the U.K.'s multicultural society, according to the BBC.

Kasper's critique of Britain's "aggressive atheism" was apparently not welcome, though it seems less arguable. Indeed, the cardinal's comment emerged as The Guardian, a national daily, printed a letter from more than 50 prominent Britons saying the first-ever official state visit by a pope should not take place because of Benedict's record on child abuse, birth control, rights for homosexuals and abortion.

Even among the country's minority Catholic community, the reception for Benedict has been cool.

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If the UK, France, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, etc. and the U.S.A. becomes third world countries it will be because of the islamic and in our case, the mexican illegals who are flooding into our countries attempting to enforce their ways and language and customs upon the rest of us. I believe it is that same church which sided with the muslims against the jews in wwll and who side with the illegals coming into this country now. What this cardinal says is just a sign of the third country mentality of the church. they favorite these people against the west. islam and catholic church represents the middle ages and all that is bad about mankind. let them practice their religions as they see fit, as long as they don't meddle into the affairs of the rest of us. of course, that is exactly what this cardinal was doing.

September 15 2010 at 7:20 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

This guy doesn't pay taxes and gets free medical all his life. What world does he live in??

September 15 2010 at 6:26 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Our more civilized nations ARE being over run by third worlders. This is what happens when P.C. runs amuck. Let everyone in, and the nation falls. Common sense. The more you have uneducated, ignorant masses over running countries, and spitting out millions of children, while the more educated practice birth control, the faster the decline. These countries WILL turn into sinking ships soon, I am afraid. One of the worse problems is the lack of asimulation. Foreignors today do NOT want to asimulate. They instead hold fast to their old country, while living in YOUR country, and try to force their way on everybody. Yes I am angry. My ancestor's came over to America and immediately began to try and be "American". They were proud of America. They did not have the sheer audicity to try and "change" this country, to suit them. They didn't keep their own language and refuse to assimulate. Now, we have people all over this country who do not even speak english. Sigh... I WILL be called a racist for this.

September 15 2010 at 4:42 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to janedear9's comment

right on! Also, have you ever flown into Miami airport? I thought I had landed in another country!

September 15 2010 at 6:23 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply

'Aggressive atheism' 'third world country'- I guess more atheists means less power for men like the cardinal and the pope while those bad brown people mucking up his idea of what pale Britain should look like.

September 15 2010 at 4:22 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

What he says is true, in a way, if you've landed at Heathrow lately. England has evolved into a sort of third world over the past 20 years. It's not the England I knew during my early visits. Britons have lost their identity and it's sad. I'm not saying it is due to "atheism", but alot has changed.

September 15 2010 at 1:19 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to truthforfreedom's comment

So what you're saying is that Heathrow looks like any other international airport in the world. Except in the 60's and 70's (20 to 30 years ago) when those very poor third world people couldn't travel by air.

September 15 2010 at 4:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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