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Chica1's Avatar Jump to comment 17 by Chica1

A Brilliant speech, especially this part

"It probably is too harsh to expect the 15-year-old Ratzinger to have seen through the Nazis. As a devout Catholic, he would have had dinned into him, along with the Catechism, the obnoxious idea that all Jews are to be held responsible for killing Jesus – the ‘Christ-killer’ libel – not repudiated until the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). The German Roman Catholic psyche of the time was still shot through with the anti-Semitism of centuries."

especially as, according to the BBC

the Catholic Church has moved to play down the controversy, saying the Pope knew "rather well what the Nazi ideology is about".

I would suggest that he has a deep deep misunderstanding of what the Nazi ideology was about, if he thinks it has anything to do with non-belief in religion, especially as he has gone on to say

"For me as one who lived and suffered through the dark days of the Nazi regime in Germany, it is deeply moving to be here with you on this occasion, and to recall how many of your fellow citizens sacrificed their lives, courageously resisting the forces of that evil ideology."

Pope Benedict, that ideology is the ideology you, yourself are now pushing. The idea that it is acceptable to discriminate against people based on religion and sexuality. You were recruited as a child of 14 to the Hitler Youth - the church recruits children at a few months old by threatening their parents with hell and does not allow them to leave (ie you cannot be unbaptised or be removed from the baptism register)

And the best he can do about the child abuse issue is to say that

he was gravely concerned by "the immense suffering" caused by the abuse, especially by Church ministers. He also acknowledged "the shame and humiliation" caused by "these sins". "Above all, I express my deep sorrow to the innocent victims of these unspeakable crimes, along with my hope that the power of Christ's grace, his sacrifice of reconciliation, will bring deep healing and peace to their lives," He said he hoped this "chastisement will contribute to the healing of the victims, the purification of the Church and the renewal of her age-old commitment to the education and care of young people". "I express my gratitude for the efforts being made to address this problem responsibly, and I ask all of you to show your concern for the victims and solidarity with your priests."

So many things are wrong with that statement. The victims don't want your pity, they want the perpetrators punished in the same way anyone else would be, child abuse should not be called a "sin" it is a "crime" it is not something you can apologise for, like damaging a posession. The victims want your assurance that these criminals will not be enabled to abuse other children. The only way for this problem to be addressed responsibly is for you to help the authorities to investigate and prosecute those responsible, otherwise you are simply prolonging their suffering. The victims do not need your preaching, your empty promises of "christs grace" or to know that you intend to continue brainwashing other young children.

Sun, 19 Sep 2010 13:03:48 UTC | #521203