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Cardinals Kasper, Müller deny making controversial remarks [updated]

October 16, 2014

Two prominent cardinals have denied making statements that were widely attributed to them about the workings of the Synod of Bishops. But in one case, a journalist has posted a recording of the remarks in question.

Cardinal Walter Kasper told that he had never dismissed the contributions of African bishops. The Zenit news service had quoted the German cardinal as saying that Africans were hampered by a "taboo" about discussion of homosexuality, and "they should not tell us too much what we have to do." But Cardinal Kasper denied making that comment, and in fact said that he had not spoken with any reporter from Zenit. The news agency has removed the interview from its web site.

However, reporter Edward Pentin has revealed that he spoke with Cardinal Kasper, and recorded the conversation. Pentin said that he had identified himself to the cardinal as a reporter for the National Catholic Register, but eventually posted the interview with Zenit. Pentin has posted both a transcript and a recording of the interview, confirming that Cardinal Kasper made the provocative remarks.

Cardinal Gerhard Müller also said that he had been misquoted. The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith denied saying that an interim report on the Synod's work was "shameful." Although he has been critical of some aspects of the report, Cardinal Müller said that he does not "speak in that style."


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  • Posted by: feedback - Oct. 17, 2014 8:23 PM ET USA

    The audio file of the interview can be downloaded here

  • Posted by: ElizabethD - Oct. 17, 2014 12:07 AM ET USA

    I am almost starting to find this hilarious. But not quite.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 16, 2014 9:28 PM ET USA

    Someone should have warned Kasper the Friendly Cardinal that although Paramount had difficulty recording his ethereal voice, when Harveytoons purchased the rights to the less than substantive character, their sound personnel were equipped with more advanced technology. As they might say in Berlin, gotcha-gessundteit.

  • Posted by: bruno - Oct. 16, 2014 7:52 PM ET USA

    While I can't access the link to the interview, I read the transcript. It seems that the words of the interviewee are consistent throughout and represent an erudite mind. Tragically, it is possible that Kasper has fallen to a common temptation among some lonely elders to crave and seek attention to such an extent that they lose their moorings. We need to pray for him!

  • Posted by: LAR - Oct. 16, 2014 3:21 PM ET USA

    Wow I think the journalist has him recorded. Check it out at his personal website where he stands by his story.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Oct. 16, 2014 2:06 PM ET USA

    Cardinals never lie... JP