The Pope is a lying sack of shit

The Vatican has been considering canonizing Pope Piux XII, and this has created tensions within the Jewish community. You see, back in 1933, the Vatican signed an agreement (called the Reichskonkordat) that officially recognized the Nazi party, effectively legitimizing its anti-Semitic stance. It was the only religious institution to do so, and this fact still haunts the Catholic Church. It’s seen by many as a giant betrayal, and with Benedict now claiming the Vatican “helped Jews in a discreet way“, he’s effectively trying to rewrite history without so much as a shred of proof (the help was so discreet there isn’t a shred of evidence to back it up).

It’s a pretty popular tactic nowadays to just say shit and not have to back it up. Some in the Jewish community are asking the Vatican to make public their records on Pius XII, but of course they’ll do no such thing; why should they? Here is an institution which claims to be infallible, so as far as they are concerned, Popes are always doing the right thing.  Pius’ appeasement of the Nazis, and his failure to denounce the Holocaust is a sore wound that will probably never be healed.

I’m not suggesting the Catholic Church and the Jewish community shouldn’t keep working on improving their relations, but why is this coming at the cost of the truth? Benny can try to bullshit his flock into buying the idea they were “discreetly helping the Jews”, but the rest of us who aren’t blinded by faith goggles can see through the steaming pile of bullshit he’s peddling.

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    Scott

    The Papacy legitimized antisemitism back in the Middle Ages. At the Fourth Council of the Lateran, Pope Innocent III (oh the irony) passed several edicts against Jews. Consider: “Canon 68…We decree that such Jews and Saracens of both sexes in every Christian province and at all times shall be marked off in the eyes of the public from other peoples through the character of their dress.” I wonder where Hitler, et al. got the idea for the Star-of-David armbands?

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    Mark

    But, if not for religion, we would be void of morals! Right?

    WRONG!!!!

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    NIck

    Interesting. Some short work shows me that Pope Pius XII wasn’t even Pope in 1933. And this Church-State pact (Reichskonkordat) that gave Hitler the green light to do whatever (no, it really didn’t… and thanks for the wiki links. Reliability when it matters!)… Pope Pius XII wasn’t friggin’ Superman. Did he have the power to change Hitlers mind? In fact, I’d go so far as to say that he was probably a bit scared of the Nazi party. And that pact basically states that the government does what it does and let the church do what it does. I’m no historian, but I believe on the short list of people to get rid of for the Nazis were the Polish and soon after, most Catholics!

    The charge against Pope Pius XII is that he was ‘indifferent’ during ’39-’45… I wasn’t there so I have no idea what he did and didn’t do. There aren’t any ‘secret documents’ showing him playing golf when there were serious matters involving prison camps or something absurd like that.

    You guys can do better than this. Geesh…

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    Fraser

    pah, its their bullshit club, they can make anyone they like saints etc. it just serves to make them look more ridiculous. what were you expecting from the nazi pope?

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    Michael Eiberg

    The fact Hitler was never excommunicated form the church says it all really.

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    Tammy Fergus

    Saw your blog bookmarked on Digg.

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    Gabriel Wilensky

    The question we should be asking in reference to Pope Benedict’s background in the Hitlerjugend and the Wehrmacht is not whether he was coerced to join or not (I think it’s safe to say he was), but rather what type of information he absorbed while he was there. Given his strict Catholic upbringing, with its traditional anti-Judaism magnified many times over by the relentless antisemitic propaganda of the Nazis of the period, and the indoctrination and brainwashing that was at the core of the Hitler Youth, he must have internalized at least some of it.

    In any case, I think his intentions today are good and his attempts to make amends with the Jewish people genuine. However, unfortunately he keeps making gaffe after gaffe, which is totally counterproductive and has in a short time eroded the great progress in Jewish-Christian relations made by his predecessor, Pope John Paul II.

    Unquestionably the worst thing he did (so far) is to continue to push for the canonization of Pope Pius XII. This is too premature. Even if Pius was a saintly man, whose acts within the confines of the faith warrant his elevation to the sainthood, his acts as a head of the Church, and as a head of state, are debatable and contentious, at best. There are many books about his putative actions to save Jews, and at least as many if not more that describe the contrary. This needs to be settled conclusively. I understand why Pope Benedict feels he needs to whitewash the role of the Church during WWII, but I hope he realizes the power of the papacy and the Catholic Church is no longer what it used to be. He and the Church can and are now criticized publicly, and there is no longer an Inquisition to silence the critics. In the new world, the Church would be better served by openness, and that means confronting the past as unsavory as it might be. They need to open the Secret Archives and let researchers examine the record of Church actions during World War II. And if the record shows something embarrassing, including lack of action (which is also embarrassing), then they should face this background, take remedial measures, make the proper amends, and hope to move on strengthened by an acknowledgement of an unsavory past, and more importantly, by an open repudiation of it.

    Gabriel Wilensky
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    Six Million Crucifixions:
    How Christian Teachings About Jews Paved the Road to the Holocaust
    http://www.SixMillionCrucifixions.com
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    Meta Toxey

    Interesting…and I agree pretty much with everything. Keep up the excellent work…I will certainly be back before long

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