His is a name that might be familiar, especially if you are paying attention to the Synod of Bishops in progress, or follow Vatican politics.
Anyway, the Cardinal was interviewed by Zenit:
ZENIT: 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? Cardinal Kasper: 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. Youcan’tspeakaboutthiswithAfricansandpeopleofMuslimcountries. It’snotpossible. It’sa taboo. Forus, wesayweoughtnottodiscriminate, wedon’twanttodiscriminateincertainrespects. ZENIT: But are African participants listened to in this regard? Cardinal Kasper: No, themajorityofthem [who hold these views won’t speak about them]. ZENIT: They’re not listened to? Cardinal Kasper: InAfricaofcourse [their views are listened to], where it’s a taboo. ZENIT: What has changed for you, regarding the methodology of this synod? Cardinal Kasper: 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]. Buttheyshouldnottellustoomuchwhatwehavetodo.
The interview ends with the Cardinal saying “We live in a globalized world and you cannot govern everything from the Curia. There must be a common faith, a common discipline but a different application.” [Just not so “globalized” that it includes African and Asia.]. Read the rest here.
Feds tell Web firms to turn over user account passwords – “Secret demands mark escalation in Internet surveillance by the federal government through gaining access to user passwords, which are typically stored in encrypted form.” [NSA PRISM program now obsolete. Now it’s just low-level computer nerds, cheetos, and a master password list. Or maybe that’s what it always was. Either way, I feel much safer.]
Planned Parenthood Will Run Federal Data Hub With Private Patient Info – “‘Planned Parenthood is among the long list of…organizations that are expected to receive taxpayer-funded navigator grants. The navigator grants would further enable Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in America, to continue its misuse of taxpayer dollars to [supplement] their big abortion business,’ said Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), who says she wants to eliminate the navigator program — for which $54 million in funds will be made available — even without a Planned Parenthood link because it’s ‘ripe for fraud and abuse’, violations of privacy and identity theft.” [Great. So Roe v. Wade manufactured a so-called “right to privacy” which supersedes the rights of millions of unborn babies to live, but now Planned Parenthood is a de facto arm of government and gets to violate anyone’s actual privacy rights by having access to their personal medical records.]
Government Caught Paying Protesters After Trayvon Martin Shooting To Create Racial Division – “Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained documents in response to local, state, and federal records requests revealing that a little-known unit of the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Community Relations Service (CRS), was deployed to Sanford, FL, following the Trayvon Martin shooting to help organize and manage rallies and protests against George Zimmerman.” [Government takes another page from Planned Parenthood’s playbook — paid protesters — in order to fan the flames of racial tension.]
Catholic Relief Services distributes abortifacients in Madagascar: on-the-ground investigation – “The Population Research Institute issued the first of a series of reports this afternoon after they sent an investigator to Madagascar for a month to interview officials and witness the Catholic agency’s work first-hand. According to PRI’s report, the Catholic agency employs over 250 community health workers in the country who distribute contraceptives ‘under the name of Catholic Relief Services.'” [Please, please, please, someone PLEASE disprove this story.]
The record of western imperialism and Africa is not markedly positive. Europe and America have, over the centuries, done little that was truly helpful there. But rather than developing a sensitivity to this issue, it seems that our leaders continue to think it appropriate to lecture the people of Africa about what they should do, which doesn’t exactly engender affection for the West when our President arrives on his 747, with his retinue of aides, journalists, handlers and secret service personnel (in other words, an untold amount of carbon emissions and squandered ecologic resources) all to deliver speeches where he asserts that if young African people are permitted cars, air conditioning, and big houses (i.e., the stuff that Pres. Obama has), the “planet will boil over”.
There’s a reason why people like Pope Francis: he is authentic. He expects himself to live in the same way he coaches others to live. In that sense, he is a great leader.
I’m not interested in having a debate on the fairness of a particular African country’s criminal system. I’m merely pointing out that when it comes to preaching, it is America that has the log in its eye and is not in a position to lecture about what constitutes a well-formed society. The way we live and consume here is finally taking its toll on the overall health of our society, not to mention our economy and ecology. Which is why I am grateful to Cardinal John Njue for telling the President the truth: that we have already ruined our society and we should not become teachers to tell Africa where to go. Huzzah for Card. Njue!