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Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, said Jews were intellectually and morally inferior during a TV debate with atheist Richard Dawkins

Australia’s most senior-ranked Catholic official has risked an international backlash by claiming that Jews are ‘intellectually and morally inferior’.

Cardinal George Pell said ‘the little Jewish people’ were shepherds who lacked intellectual development during a debate with atheist Richard Dawkins.

He went on to say that Germans had suffered more than the Jews during the horrors of the holocaust in the Second World War.

The remarks came during a televised debate with Dawkins on Australian TV in which the pair became locked in a heated discussion on religion and evolution.

‘I’ve got a great admiration for the Jews but we don’t need to exaggerate their contribution in their early days,’ Cardinal Pell said during the debate on ABC television.

‘They weren’t intellectually the equal of [the Egyptians or Persians] – intellectually, morally… The poor – the little Jewish people, they were originally shepherds. They were stuck. They’re still stuck between these great powers.’

Cardinal Pell said Jews had been stuck between the Egyptians and Babylonians, and that this reflected their intellectual development. He said this included Jesus.

The religious leader went on to suggest that Jews had not suffered as much as the German people during and after the holocaust.

Asked why God permitted the Holocaust to occur, he said it was a ‘terrible mystery’ why the Germans had been subsequently ‘punished’.

He said: ‘He (God) helped probably through secondary causes for the Jews to escape and continue. It is interesting through these secondary causes probably no people in history have been punished the way the Germans were. It is a terrible mystery.’

The debate host said that the Jews had suffered more than the Germans, to which Cardinal Pell replied: ‘Yes, that might be right. Certainly the suffering in both, I mean the Jews, there was no reason why they should suffer.’

Cardinal Pell was declared the winner of the debate, a decision that appeared to have caused confusion among viewers.

His remarks were also criticised by the Executive Council of Australian Jewry which conveyed its ‘serious concern’ over the debate.

The Australian Jewish News also condemned Cardinal Pell and published a front page with a large picture of the cardinal under the headline ‘Clerical error’.

Editor Zeddy Lawrence said said the paper had been inundated with Jewish readers who were upset and offended.

‘It doesn’t seem he was thinking clearly, but many people also said he is a good friend to the community,’ Mr Lawrence told the Age.

Cardinal Pell later apologised as he sought to clarify his argument. He said that he did not intend to offend the Jewish community.

He said: ‘Historically or culturally unequal might have been more appropriate than intellectually.

‘My commitment to friendship with the Jewish community, and my esteem for the Jewish faith is a matter of public record, and the last thing I would want to do is give offence to either. This was certainly not my intention, and I am sorry that these points which I tried to make … did not come out as I would have preferred in the course of the discussion.’

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  • Jack Longchamp

    The man is right in most points but then one should not forget
    that “the Jews” as we understand the term no w (i.e., Steven Spielberg
    is “a Jew”, Albert Einstein was) are not the Hebrew shepherds of
    ancient times – they have interbred with European and other tribes
    and also learned a lot, they are certainly among the people who
    mind their children´s education most…
    and so it would be a fatal mistake to see them as inferior TODAY.

    The “Jews” of our day wear a coat of many colors, and there are
    many fine intellectuals among them, a word I am sure most readers
    of this forum will definitely HATE – now if you hate somebody,
    it means you do not just dislike him, you also fear him.
    Why ?

    Well one point is that they definitely have a great way of sticking
    together – I am always asking myself if there is ANY Hollywood actor
    of some standing who does not have some Jewish roots
    (with about half of them, you actually see it in their faces –
    and I am really not a racist at all but I dislike this sort of thing)
    never mind the producers. Any of you people here like movies ?

    Well, they got us all there for sure now, don´t they ?

    • Philippino Bob

      All Hollywood actors have sold their souls to Zionists.
      Like most intelligent people who can still read between the lines, I am sick and tired of their Zionist propaganda in most, if not all, Hollywood movies.

  • Bonsai Guy.

    Communists all.

  • George

    Only ninety something %.

  • Bonsai Guy

    The Queer Athiest get’s a lot of exposure at the BbC,well known for plaguarism and subversion.

  • Philippino Bob

    Somehow I suspect that the Cardinal Pall will be punished soon; accused of sexual misconduct and demoted to be an ordinary priest.
    The saying ‘Truth is Treason’ applies even to clergy.

  • rana

    Cardinal Pall is respectable being Head of Respectable Religious community. Truth is truth and we are living in age of deception But truth have to come over lie!

    • Jacko

      What Cardinal Pell was say was that during the time of Jesus many saw the Jews as inferior. Surrounded by the might AND TYRANNY of the Roman Empire etc… Which was certainly NOT the case. Not reality. And that Jesus was a and always will be a champion of the causes of such people.

      Selective Journalism is pathetic.

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