Thus spake Cardinal Walter Kasper – the Vatican's "leading expert on relations with the Church of England". He was apparently referring to the country's multicultural and multi-racial evolution. The statement comes as Pope Benedict XVI arrives in the UK. Kasper has now disappeared from the papal entourage for "health reasons."

He was however onto something about the increasingly hostile attitudes in Britain to the public expression of religious faith. But really. How clueless is this Pope's p.r.?

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