Thursday, October 16, 2014

Kasper makes fool of himself, highlights African grievances

It is one of the great mysteries regarding modern mass media that they are so easy to find when it appears as though the Church will take a new path down the road of glorifying whatever the popular vice of the day is, but will be inconspicuous when a liberal puts their foot right into their mouth and chews it.
The pantomime villain of the Synod, Cardinal Walter Kasper, has gone and done just that. Liberal loyalties all over Christendom no doubt divided at this stage with their innate attraction to political correctness duelling their loyalty to the cabal of gradualism. 
In suggesting that African Bishops, bringing the ideas of their laity and culture, were not welcome, Kasper betrayed an elitism that can only exist in a man completely detached from his faith and from reality. That was one thing. But his outright denial then seemed plausible. I mean, who would say they never said such things unless that was the case? Surely he would clarify rather than deny? Until the interviewer Edward Pentin released the recording in response to Zenit pulling the issues. 
The entire affair of the Synod has gone beyond farce at this stage.
A synopsis of Kasper-doesn'twantAfricans-butdidn'tsaythat-butactuallydid-Gate is below. 

The link to the recording can be found here...

It has been said that he added five special rapporteurs on Friday to help the general rapporteur, Cardinal Peter Erdo. Is that because he’s trying to push things through according to his wishes?
I do not see this going on in the Pope’s head. But I think the majority of these five people are open people who want to go on with this. The problem, as well, is that there are different problems of different continents and different cultures. Africa is totally different from the West. Also Asian and Muslim countries, they’re very different, especially about gays. You can’t speak about this with Africans and people of Muslim countries. It’s not possible. It’s a taboo. For us, we say we ought not to discriminate, we don’t want to discriminate in certain respects.
But are African participants listened to in this regard?
No, the majority of them [who hold these views won’t speak about them].
They’re not listened to?
In Africa of course [their views are listened to], where it’s a taboo.
What has changed for you, regarding the methodology of this synod? [question from French journalist]
I think in the end there must be a general line in the Church, general criteria, but then the questions of Africa we cannot solve. There must be space also for the local bishops’ conferences to solve their problems but I’d say with Africa it’s impossible [for us to solve]. But they should not tell us too much what we have to do.
- Edward Pentin's Interview with Cardinal Kasper published in Zenit

“I am appalled. I have never spoken this way about Africans and I never would.”
- Cardinal  Walter Kasper

Kardinal Kasper's unfortunate new logo

This Evening
His Eminence Cardinal Walter Kasper spoke to me and two other journalists, one British, the other French, around 7.15pm on Tuesday as he left the Synod hall.
I transcribed the recording of our conversation, and my iPhone on which I recorded the exchange was visible. I introduced myself as a journalist with the [National Catholic] Register, and the others also introduced themselves as journalists. I therefore figured the interview was on the record and His Eminence appeared happy to talk with us. In the end, I posted the full interview in ZENIT rather than the Register. ZENIT removed the article on Thursday in response to Cardinal Kasper’s denial.
His Eminence made no comment about not wanting his remarks published. It depends on the context, but normally in such a situation, comments are considered on the record unless otherwise requested.
The recording can be downloaded below. A couple of the questions came from the other two journalists and I included them as part of the interview. Some of the quality of the English has also been improved for publication.
- Clarification on Edward Pentin's Website  

Heartfelt retraction from the Cardinal

Perhaps we should have seen this coming, with Nigerian Archbishop highlighting racial tensions emanating from the condescending attitudes of liberal factions within the Synod, only a week ago.

We are confronted with some issues, and sometimes [they are] quite perplexing. We recently had a big conference on pro-life issues, and in that conference, we came out very clearly to ascertain the fact that life is sacred, marriage is scared, and the family has dignity.
We get international organizations, countries, and groups which like to entice us to deviate from our cultural practices, traditions, and even our religious beliefs. And this is because of their belief that their views should be our views. Their opinions and their concept of life should be ours.
We say, "No we have come of age." Most countries in Africa are independent for 50, 60, 100 years. We should be allowed to think for ourselves. We should be able to define: What is marriage? What makes the family? When does life begin? We should have answers to those questions.
We are wooed by economic things. We are told, "If you limit your population, we're going to give you so much." And we tell them, "Who tells you that our population is overgrown?" In the first place, children die -- infant mortality -- we die in inter-tribal wars, and diseases of all kinds. And yet, you come with money to say, "Decrease your population; we will give you economic help."
Now you come to tell us about reproductive rights, and you give us condoms and artificial contraceptives. Those are not the things we want. We want food, we want education, we want good roads, regular light, and so on. Good health care.
We have been offered the wrong things, and we are expected to accept simply because they think we are poor. And we are saying poverty is not about money. One can be poor in spirituality, poor in ideas, poor in education, and in many other ways.
So we are not poor in that sense. We may be poor materially but we are not poor in every sense. So we say no to what we think is wrong. And time has gone when we would just follow without question. Now, we question. We evaluate. We decide. We ask questions. This is what we do in Africa now.
- Archbishop Kaigama [8 October Address to Synod]

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