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Thursday, December 31, 2009


 The Holy Roman Empire, Benedikt's dream.Let's hope he dies before he has a chance to fulfill it.

 Pope Pius XII a Saint?

Tevet 11, 5770, 28 December 09 11:51
by Prof. Robert S. Wistrich
( Exactly ten years ago, on a cold winter morning in New York City, the Catholic-Jewish Historical Commission, established to investigate Pope Pius XII’s response to the Holocaust, met for the first time to discuss its future work.
I was the only Israeli historian among the six scholars (3 Catholics and 3 Jews) designated by the Vatican and leading Jewish organizations to study this hotly contested issue. A little under two years later, the project was abandoned as a result of the Holy See’s unwillingness to release materials from its own archives that could help clarify issues that our team of scholars raised in our provisional report. Already at that time, in the last years of Pope John Paul’s pontificate, there were moves afoot to place Pius XII on the fast track to sainthood, but they were probably slowed down by Israeli and Jewish protests and a desire by Church authorities to prevent a serious rupture in Catholic-Jewish relations.
At issue was the silence of Pius XII during the Holocaust and his indirect complicity in the Nazi mass murder of Jews.
These allegations, which first emerged around 1964, had prompted the Vatican to publish eleven volumes of its own documents (edited by four trusted Jesuit scholars), most of them appearing in the 1970s. It was these documents in Italian, German, French, Latin, and English that we were originally asked to review. The million or so unpublished documents from the pontificate of Pius XII (1939–1958) according to the Vatican’s most recent estimate, will only be available in about four year’s time.
It is in this context that we need to see the recent decree on the “heroic virtues” of Pius XII, just signed by Pope Benedict XVI. Most Jews have interpreted this act as yet another signal that the Vatican is determined to beatify the controversial wartime pope — whom some even consider to have been anti-Semitic — regardless of what the historical evidence may indicate.
The sharp response of Jewish leaders to Benedict’s decree prompted the Vatican’s Press Office Director, Father Federico Lombardi, S.J., to release a conciliatory note distinguishing between the historical judgment of Pius XII’s actions (still an open question) and the saintly Christian life he apparently led. In particular, Father Lombardi was concerned to disclaim any notion that this decree was “a hostile act towards the Jewish people” or an obstacle to Catholic-Jewish dialogue.
In the light of the pope’s forthcoming visit to the Synagogue of Rome, this was a politically astute and welcome reassurance.Nevertheless, the decree on Pius XII still raises concern not only about the continuing drive to beatify the wartime pontiff but also about the present pope and the state of relations between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people.
Regarding Pius XII, I personally have never seen him either as “Hitler’s Pope” (the theory of British historian John Cornwell — a “lapsed” Catholic), or as the “Righteous Gentile” evoked by Rabbi David Dallin. My own provisional conclusion drawn from the study of thousands of documents is that the mass murder of Jews was fairly low on his list of priorities. Of course, much the same could be said of Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin, but they did not claim to be the “Vicar of Christ” or to represent the Christian conscience.
Pius XII strikes me as a polished diplomat far more worried about the Allied bombing of Rome than about the thousand Roman Jews who were being deported by the Germans to their deaths in Auschwitz, virtually under the windows of the Holy See. True, other Roman Jews were discreetly given sanctuary in ecclesiastical establishments in and around Rome after October 1943, but it remains unclear if this was the result of a direct papal instruction. In some instances we know that Pius XII did try to intervene against Nazi or racist anti-Semitic legislation, but in general this was almost always on behalf of baptized Jews since they were protected by the Church as Catholics.
Pius’s rare references to the mass murder of the Jews were invariably veiled and very abstract, as if he found it difficult to utter the word itself. Was it fear of further German reprisals? A latent anti-Semitism? Was it his visceral anti-Communism which also led him to hope for a Nazi victory in the East? Or perhaps the desire to spare German Catholics a conflict of conscience between their loyalty to Hitler, the fatherland, or their Church? Whatever the reasons, this was hardly heroic conduct.
So why has Benedict XVI chosen to take this step now? Why risk unnecessary damage to Catholic-Jewish relations? My own inclination is to think that the present pope regards Pius XII as a soulmate — both theologically and politically. He shares with the wartime pontiff an authoritarian centralist world-view and a deep distrust of liberalism, modernity, and the ravages of moral relativism. He was 31 years old when Pius XII died in 1958, and already then regarded him as a venerated role model.
Moreover, the German-born Joseph Ratzinger (today Benedict XVI) certainly knew that Pius XII (an artistocratic Roman) was also a passionate Germanophile, surrounded by German aides during and after the war, fluent in the German language, and a great admirer of the German Catholic Church. Not only that, but Ratzinger probably knows that Pius XII personally intervened after 1945 to commute the sentences of convicted German war criminals. This solicitude for Nazi criminals contrasts sharply with Pius XII ignoring all entreaties to make a public statement against anti-Semitism even after the full horrors of the death camps had been revealed in 1945.
In this context it is profoundly unsettling to think that the ultraconservative Benedict XVI and his entourage can identify so completely with Pius XII as a man of “heroic virtue.” The present pope, no doubt, deplores anti-Semitism, though his statements on the subject have been noticeably less robust than those of his predecessor, John Paul II. At Yad Vashem last summer he expressed no personal regret as a German for the unspeakable horrors of the Shoah, even though he had once been a member of the Hitler Youth. True, he had little choice in the matter. However, he was disturbingly vague about the truly monstrous German role in the Holocaust.
Earlier this year Benedict also showed remarkably poor judgment (to put it charitably) in reinstating an unrepentant Holocaust-denying British bishop into the mainstream Catholic Church, an action he only retracted after worldwide Jewish and Catholic protests.
These serious mistakes appear to follow a pattern and may even indicate a regression from the real progress in Catholic-Jewish relations under Benedict’s predecessor. One can only hope they are not irreversible since the stakes are high and no sane person can be interested in undermining the bridges across the abyss that have been so painstakingly constructed.


Eric writes the following.

[Note: I do not necessarily agree with what he is saying, but I thought it important enough that I am willing to post it. This is NOT, however, my view, I have to stress. I think if Hashem wants to save Am Yisrael, He can do so without the help of a foreign religion, whether they consider themselves spiritual Jews or not. Actually, there is no such thing as a spiritual Jew: either you are a Jew, or you are not. They might identify with the Jewish People, and they DO love the Bible, for which we admire them and we thank them , but it does NOT make them Jews. My suggestion to them would be to join the Noahide group, which is growing worldwide, and to become the kind of gentiles that God demands and wants.

On the other hand, there are so many descendants of the Lost Ten Tribes, who knows, maybe those are the souls of our long lost brothers, who were exiled because of IDOLATRY. If so, it shows that they still haven't given up that trait, and therefore they are not ready to rejoin the People of Israel as full members. First they have to give up their 'other' G-d, only then will they be able to be a full part of our nation.

But I have no doubt that their heart is in the right place. We love you, Christian brothers who love Israel; just waiting for your full and complete Teshuvah.DS]

Dear Daisy,

What you need is a 21st Century Maccabean revolt.  These men do exist.  All they need to know is the Jews of Israel are totally behind them---meaning they will be given food and lodging wherever they may be.  They will have to fight the CFR-controlled government of Israel working for Benedict XVI and his "King of Jerusalem," King Juan Carlos.  They will also have to fight foreign occupation troops---maybe Americans.

But as the Lord delivered Israel from oppressive Greek rule against overwhelming "odds," He can do it again.  Repeal your law that forbids the preaching of the Gospel of Christ of the Reformation Bible and see just what happens while you expel the Jesuits from Israel.  Neither the physical seed of Abraham (racial Jews) nor the spiritual seed of Abraham (spiritual Jews in Messiah---Romans 2:29) can be persecuted by a government if that nation seeks to be blessed and prosper in its national development. 

Both "seeds" in North America are about to be mass-exterminated.  And this will end our period of national greatness enjoyed during the 20th century.  Our American government never persecuted the racial Jews nor the spiritual Jews in its over 200-year history, but this is about to "change." 

Genesis 12:1-3 is in full force and effect: its blessing and curse can never be voided by any individual or any nation.  The poverty of the USSR is entirely due to its persecution of both "seeds" of Abraham.  And without the Jesuit-ruled American Empire giving food and technology to the Order's Soviet colony, the poverty and undevelopment of Russia would have been much worse.

When your second Maccabean revolt begins, I will back it.  True partriots in the IDF will mutiny (a few of them that I know) and join in the righteous revolt against tyranny---Jesuit papal tyranny---enforced by Freemasonic Court Jews Peres and Ben Net who bless the Arab terrorism and curse the Jews.

Lord Bless,

Brother Eric

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