Monday, February 25, 2013

"You don't have the figure to be Pope"- Cardinal to female reporter

A team of satirical from ZDF's "Heute (Today) Show" has angered the head of the Catholic Church in Germany. The catalyst was a meeting of the "Heute-show" comedienne Carolin Kebekus with Cologne Cardinal Joachim Meisner last week, as reported by the news magazine "Der Spiegel" in its latest issue.

At a press conference of the German bishops in Trier Kebekus had asked the dignitaries on camera for advancement of women in the church - and says she has a job application in his hand: She wants to be Pope. Meisner's answer: "Because you do not have the figure to be Pope."

Cathcon note- Figur can also mean character or physique- the triple meaning makes the comment a magnet for satire

At the conference, a spokesman for the German Bishops' Conference tried ​​to ensure that the scene will not broadcast, it was stated on TV. He placed himself between the camera and Cardinal. After the incident, the Catholic Church complained to the top management of the station about the "Heute-show". In the broadcast last Friday moderated by Oliver Welke, the report was shown as planned.

Cardinal Meisner should not be too surprised to be a figure of fun if he holds Carnival Masses inside his Cathedral.
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