Israel shouldn't remove that caption!
Recently I read an report,that the catholic Pope Benedikt XVI will not visit Israel before Israel would remove in Yad Vashem (the Jerusalem holocaust-memorial) – the plate with the inscription related to Pope 'Pius XII'. - This is the Caption for the photo of Pope Pius XII at Yad Vasheme:
“ In 1933, when he was Secretary of the Vatican State, he was active in obtaining a Concordat with the German regime to preserve the Church's rights in Germany, even if this meant recognizing the Nazi racist regime. When he was elected Pope in 1939, he shelved a letter against racism and anti-Semitism that his predecessor had prepared. Even when reports about the murder of Jews reached the Vatican, the Pope did not protest either verbally or in writing. In December 1942, he abstained from signing the Allied declaration condemning the extermination of the Jews. When Jews were deported from Rome to Auschwitz, the Pope did not intervene. The Pope maintained his neutral position throughout the war, with the exception of appeals to the rulers of Hungary and Slovakia towards its end. His silence and the absence of guidelines obliged Churchmen throughout Europe to decide on their own how to react.”
like also already in April 2007 there was an article in “Jerusalem Post” by Etgar Lefkovits entitled, "Vatican to skip Yad Vashem ceremony."
The article stated that the Vatican ambassador to Israel, Archbishop Antonio Franco, would not attend the annual Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) state ceremony at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, because of a caption mounted there in 2005 about Pope Pius XII. Click HERE for the text of the caption.
"I will attend any ceremony on the victims of World War II," Archbishop Franco is quoted as saying, "but I do not feel at ease at Yad Vashem when the Pope is presented in this way." Stating that his decision not to attend the ceremony was a personal one, he added that museum officials had not responded to a request from his predecessor last year to reword the caption.”
What a strange shameful attitude. - Some people in the Catholic Church still believe, that the Pope is unfailable, probably the same kind of peoply who know deep in their hearts somehow, that the Jews were guilty for being the murderers of Jesus Christ.
- There were in fact a lot of Popes who behaved like criminals & were very deeply involved in the power struggle crimes of worldy governments. & deep antisemitism resentments & incitement were invoked since about 1000 years from some Popes (who still believe they represent God on this world) – In 1215 Pope Innocent III, the initatior of the Fourth Crusade was a merciless enemy of the Jews. He convoked the fourth Lateran Council, where he pushed through the anti-Semitic regulations, which formed the basis of the humilating living conditions & malicious slandering of the Jews that lasted right into our own century.
Yes most of the persecution of Jews in Christian were originally raised by Catholic Church still the got some kind of subconscious consciousness & deep superstitious belief, planted in the common conscience of christian western population.
The first Pope after the holocaust who really said words of regret was the Polish Pope Wojtyla, Pope “John Paul II” -
.. when in 2002 he conducted an historic week-long pilgrimage to the Holy Land, visiting several sites in Israel for the first time including the location in Bethlehem believed to be the birth place of Jesus. - In Jerusalem, the Pope visited Yad Vashem, Israel's main Holocaust memorial, to pay tribute to the six million Jews killed by the Nazis from 1938-45. During the Nazi era, the Pope had been a seminary student in his native country of Poland, which was also the location of the largest Nazi death camps including Auschwitz, Treblinka and Majdanek. Jewish friends and neighbors of the Pope had been killed by the Nazis.
This Pope didn't have a problem with that caption to Pope Pius the XIIth. - but the next Vatican gorvernment apparently fell back to it's old bigotry & hypocrathicy, the believe that the Catholic & of course the Pope is unfailable,. whatever they did in God's name - Will they ever learn?
I hope Israel will never remove that plate. - It's history & should not be forgotten.
Here the speech of Karol Wojtyla alias “John Paul II” in Yad Vashem:
"The words of the ancient Psalm, rise from our hearts: "I have become like a broken vessel. I hear the whispering of many -- terror on every side -- as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life. But I trust in you, O Lord: I say, 'you are my God."' (Psalms 31:13-15)
In this place of memories, the mind and heart and soul feel an extreme need for silence. Silence in which to remember. Silence in which to try to make some sense of the memories which come flooding back. Silence because there are no words strong enough to deplore the terrible tragedy of the Shoah.
My own personal memories are of all that happened when the Nazis occupied Poland during the war. I remember my Jewish friends and neighbors, some of whom perished, while others survived. I have come to Yad Vashem to pay homage to the millions of Jewish people who, stripped of everything, especially of human dignity, were murdered in the Holocaust. More than half a century has passed, but the memories remain.
Here, as at Auschwitz and many other places in Europe, we are overcome by the echo of the heart-rending laments of so many. Men, women and children, cry out to us from the depths of the horror that they knew. How can we fail to heed their cry? No one can forget or ignore what happened. No one can diminish its scale.
We wish to remember. But we wish to remember for a purpose, namely to ensure that never again will evil prevail, as it did for the millions of innocent victims of Nazism.
How could man have such utter contempt for man? Because he had reached the point of contempt for God. Only a godless ideology could plan and carry out the extermination of a whole people.
The honor given to the 'Just Gentiles' by the state of Israel at Yad Vashem for having acted heroically to save Jews, sometimes to the point of giving their own lives, is a recognition that not even in the darkest hour is every light extinguished. That is why the Psalms and the entire Bible, though well aware of the human capacity for evil, also proclaims that evil will not have the last word.
Out of the depths of pain and sorrow, the believer's heart cries out: "I trust in you, O Lord: 'I say, you are my God."' (Psalms 31:14)
Jews and Christians share an immense spiritual patrimony, flowing from God's self-revelation. Our religious teachings and our spiritual experience demand that we overcome evil with good. We remember, but not with any desire for vengeance or as an incentive to hatred. For us, to remember is to pray for peace and justice, and to commit ourselves to their cause. Only a world at peace, with justice for all, can avoid repeating the mistakes and terrible crimes of the past.
As bishop of Rome and successor of the Apostle Peter, I assure the Jewish people that the Catholic Church, motivated by the Gospel law of truth and love, and by no political considerations, is deeply saddened by the hatred, acts of persecution and displays of anti-Semitism directed against the Jews by Christians at any time and in any place.
The church rejects racism in any form as a denial of the image of the Creator inherent in every human being.
In this place of solemn remembrance, I fervently pray that our sorrow for the tragedy which the Jewish people suffered in the 20th century will lead to a new relationship between Christians and Jews. Let us build a new future in which there will be no more anti-Jewish feeling among Christians or anti-Christian feeling among Jews, but rather the mutual respect required of those who adore the one Creator and Lord, and look to Abraham as our common father in faith.
The world must heed the warning that comes to us from the victims of the Holocaust, and from the testimony of the survivors. Here at Yad Vashem the memory lives on, and burns itself onto our souls. It makes us cry out: "I hear the whispering of many -- terror on every side -- but I trust in you, O Lord: I say, 'You are my God."' (Psalms 31:13-15)"
Well anyway - Israel doesn't need a Pope around..
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