According to the Age Online newsite, Australia's Catholic Cardinal, George Pell, has been forced to issue an apology and clarification for comments about Jewish "inferiority" which he made on the ABC's Q&A program on Monday night.  The program, which featured Pell in a debate against militant atheist advocate Richard Dawkins, resulted in concerns being raised by the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, after Pell had described the ancient Israelite people as "intellectually inferior" to other civilisations of the time, including the Egyptians and Babylonians.

According to the Age Online, at one point in the program, Pell was asked whether this "inferiority" included Jesus, to which he replied: "Exactly".

The article cites Pell's clarification as claiming that that the Cardinal tried 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'' (presenter Tony Jones).

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