Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Hitler Youth Pope

I agreed with Bill Maher when he said that we need to stop referring to people as being "like a Nazi." Conservatives aren't like Nazis, liberals are not like Nazis, "neo-Nazis even aren't like Nazis," he insisted. He is correct. Though some American economic policy might lean towards the fascistic, it is never like the Nazis.

No matter what American apologists say about Nazi Germany (remember that we supported them for far too many years), non-Jews fled German domination, too, when they saw the Nazi plan in action. Some Germans were appalled by their government and left. Those who fled were deemed unpatriotic. Some families stayed. They subscribed to the policies put forth by the Nazi leadership.

The current Pope's family remained in Germany as faithful members of the Nazi Party when the families of Jews and other Germans fled. They sent their son, the current Pope Benedict XVI to be a member of Nazi Youth.

They didn't have to do it. They could have fled the regime. They stayed, and they raised their son as Nazi.

Are you familiar with the book "Hitler's Pope"? It discusses the Vatican's complicity with the Nazi regime in execution of the Nazi Concordant of 1933.

As a Catholic, I know that the Vatican signed a treaty with the Nazis and I am embarrassed by it.

After WWII, the Vatican made a fantastic shift in policy and the programs of John XXIII and Paul VI were remarkable attempts at socialization that any church has ever seen. Sadly, with the enthroning of John Paul II, thirty years of progress was undone and the Catholic Church has reverted from its catholic ideology back to a fundamentalism that is reminiscent of the pre-WWII church.

Our current Pope, with his Nazi connections, does not think twice about expressing racist and hegemonist views. And like a good Nazi (or any right-winger), when confronted with his sin, he blames the victim:

"At this time I wish also to add that I am deeply sorry for the reactions in some countries to a few passages of my address at the University of Regensburg, which were considered offensive to the sensibility of Muslims," the pope said Sunday.

Note that he is not sorry for his anti-Muslim remarks, he is sorry that people were offended! He retains his position with impunity! His opinions about those different from him, those who were slaughtered in our crusades, remain unapologetically racist and hegemonist.

This man is an embarrassment to Christianity.

Pope sorry for reaction to his remarks

Hitler's Pope
John Cornwell

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