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Where Is The Moral Condemnation?

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UPDATE: Pope walks out of interfaith meeting after anti-Israel tirade by sheikh. Thanks to the BCast.

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In this day and age of blatant and ignored anti-religion bias, not even a papal visit to a Holocaust Memorial can be admired without complaint. In the Jerusalem Post, Pope Benedict XVI’s historic tour on May 11th to famous Yad Vashem memorial was publically denounced because the German Pope did not apologize personally to the Jewish people. Pope Benedict did not mention the Nazis or the Holocaust as he prayed somberly:

“I have come to stand in silence before the monument erected to honor the millions of Jews killed in the horrific tragedy of the Shoah.”

“They lost their lives, but they will never lose their names. These are indelibly etched in the hearts of their loved ones, their surviving fellow prisoners, and all those determined never to allow such an atrocity to disgrace mankind again…”

“I reaffirm – like my predecessors – that the church is committed to praying and working tirelessly to ensure that hatred will never reign in the hearts of men again.”

The pope’s thoughtful speech was not enough for some Jewish leaders who hoped they would hear an outright apology for the horrors committed and the lack of Allied countries to stop the atrocities in time.

“We’re talking about the pope, who is also a representative of the Holy See, which has a lot to ask forgiveness from our people for,” Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said during an interview on Israel Radio on Tuesday. “And he is also a German, whose country and people have asked forgiveness. But he himself comes and speaks to us like a historian, as an observer, as a man who expresses his opinion about things that should never happen, and he was – what can you do? – a part of them.”

Pope Benedict XVI was a ‘part of them’ as in Nazis? Is that what Rivlin was implying? He was a boy, a young man during the Holocaust. He had no part in the efforts of the genocide evils. It is not the first time that Catholic popes have been condemned. In 2000, Pope John Paul II encountered the same criticism for his speech that brought Jews and Christians to tears when he laid a wreath at Yad Vashem. But it was not enough.

With the hue and cry over the need for the Catholic Church to prostrate themselves before the world in atonement, there was no admission from Rivlin that under Pope Pius XII Catholic Church and European Catholics secured safety for over 92,000 Jews. There was no reference to the thousands of Catholics, including clergy, while not targeted for their faith, but because they spoke out against the Germans were also murdered.

The Catholic Church has pursued strong interfaith relations with Judaism since the 1960’s when it rejected anti-Semitism in all its forms. Jewish leaders need to recognize that the Church has apologized and come to the table for true dialogue. The real moral condemnation belongs towards the terrorist dictatorships, liberals, and the White House administration that supports dialogue with true anti-Semites.

More:

Anti-Semitism in Obama’s Administration.
Obama’s Signal To Israel: Submit
Barack Obama Proves His Anti-Semitism

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Written by smalltalkwitht

May 12, 2009 at 9:58 pm

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