Journalist releases recording of controversial Kasper interview

(UCAN) A Catholic journalist has published the audio recording of an interview with Cardinal Walter Kasper in which the German cardinal made controversial remarks about the contribution of African bishops at the family synod.

Edward Pentin published the recording along with a full transcript and explanatory statement on his personal website last week.

The interview was conducted on October 16 and was published on the Catholic news website Zenit the following day. It was subsequently removed from Zenit’s website after Cardinal Kasper denied giving the interview to Zenit in a statement to German media.

In the interview, the cardinal said that the issue of homosexuality was difficult to discuss with those from African and Asian countries.

He said: “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.” [more]

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