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On That Papal "Third World" Comment … Or, Thank God For Henry VIII

Errm…

A senior Papal adviser has pulled out of the Pope’s UK visit after saying arriving at Heathrow airport was like landing in a “Third World” country.

Cardinal Walter Kasper reportedly told a German magazine the UK was marked by “a new and aggressive atheism”.

Richard Dawkins will be so bothered.

The Vatican said the 77-year-old cardinal had not intended “any kind of slight”, and was referring to the UK’s multicultural society.

Oh, so he was just talking about all the darkies at Heathrow? That’s all right then.

This, coming from a senior representative of an institution which, though 2000 years old, still seems to be stuck in the Middle Ages. A body that covers up for child molesters, lobbies against the cheapest and most effective means of stopping the spread of AIDS (i.e. condoms) – especially in, ironically, the Third World – and has also arguably added to the planet’s population problems through its anti-contraception views.

It was only last year that the Vatican grudgingly gave a positive nod to Charles Darwin, and let’s not get started on their bang-up-to-date views on the role of women.

Quite frankly, to have a senior Vatican figure accuse Britain of being like “a third world country” is like Captain Caveman declaring the Millennium Falcon to be ‘primitive’.

Incidentally, if anyone is offended by my remarks, then I apologise … blogging will be light tomorrow because of this terrible gout of mine….

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