Cardinal George Pell has sought to clarify remarks he made about Jews on TV, calling them intellectually lesser than the Egyptians, including Jesus Christ, said a report in The Age.
Cardinal Pell released a statement saying he was sorry the points did not come out as he preferred, and said he was trying to ''make a point about the unique place of the Jewish people in human history as the first to receive the revelation of the one true God while I was being regularly interrupted and distracted by the chairman'' (Tony Jones).
During the ABC's Q&A TV debate with Richard Dawkins on Monday night, Cardinal Pell appeared to suggest that ''no people in history were [as severely] punished as the Germans were'', apparently ignoring the Holocaust, for which the Germans were punished.
He said his reference to the Germans was intended to illustrate ''the mysterious way great crimes'' are punished.
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Cardinal apologises for describing Jews as intellectually inferior (The Age)
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