Jawohl , Mein Kardenal!
Why have the liberal Catholic media made so little fuss about Cardinal Walter Kasper’s patronising and demeaning attitude towards the African bishops participating in the Synod on the family?
This is what he said, in the course of an interview with several journalists, including one from the American National Catholic Register:
The problem…is that there are different problems of different continents and different cultures. Africa is totally different from the West. Also Asian and Moslem countries, they’re very different, especially about gays. You can’t speak about this with Africans and people of Moslem 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….In Africa of course [their views are listened to], where it’s a taboo…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.
Now, in any other context such remarks would have provoked howls of “racism!” At best, the German Cardinal has been astonishingly insensitive. He later tried to deny that he had given such an interview, but fortunately the reporter from the National Catholic Register, Edward Pentin, had recorded his words. It’s not the first time Cardinal Kasper has put his foot in it like this. He once described landing at London’s Heathrow airport as similar to arriving in a third world country.
I am not particularly keen on the Rorate Coeli website, but their comment on this episode is but really quite apt:
Master Kasper likes only one kind of African:
muzzled, submissive, and silent,
and who knows his own place
It’s strange how our decadent western civilisation, like that of ancient Rome, is so favourable towards sodomy, whereas most present-day Africans, like the Germans and Celts of the early centuries A.D. find the very idea quite revolting. Earlier this year the Nigerian hierarchy gave a standing ovation to John Smeaton, founder of Voice of the Family, when he told them: “Bishops around the world should follow the Nigerian bishops’ lead and speak out for strong policies against the subversion of the truth and meaning of human sexuality.”