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Pope adviser calls UK a 'Third World country'

One of the Pope’s senior advisers airs his thoughts on Britain’s multicultural society…

A SENIOR ADVISER to the Pope has pulled out of the upcoming papal visit to Britain after reportedly calling the UK a “Third World country” that was marked with “a new and aggressive atheism”.

Cardinal Walter Kasper, 77, said “when you land at Heathrow you think at times you have landed in a Third World country”.

He also reportedly also told German magazine Focus that if a person wears a crucifix while flying with British Airways, they are “discriminated against”.

He was due to take part in ecumenical talks with representatives of the Church of England during an upcoming four-day visit, beginning on Thursday.
He has now withdrawn, citing health problems.

Clifford Langley, from Catholic newspaper The Tablet, told the BBC the cardinal was “obviously talking nonsense”, and added:

I don’t think he believes Britain is in the grip of secular atheism, and he shouldn’t have said so.

They are saying it is ill health [that has forced the cardinal to drop out of the visit], but I wonder if that is the fact. I wonder if he has been dropped because he is an embarrassment.

British Airways released a statement regarding the Cardinal’s reported comments saying: “It is completely untrue that we discriminate against Christians or members of any faith.”