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The Pope: Pius or Not?

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Visitor Comments: 61

(61) Anonymous, September 4, 2012 5:17 AM

I think one of the reasons that Hitler thought he could kill the jews was because the catholic church killed the jews before, during and after the inquisition. Read about conversos.

(60) Anonymous, September 12, 2010 4:19 PM

everyone knows that the pope of WWII was an evil man. He did not do anything of value to save Jews. He was a pro nazi and said so. just look at the present incumbent. he was a former nazi youth member and when he came to Israel he said less against the nazis than the present German leaders do. He made fun of the Jews by saying they were killed instead of murdered. his attitude in all that concerns Israel is so negative. He has never said anything positive about Israel. We must remember that the WWII pope was Italian. The Italian government did more to save Jews even though they were allies of the nazis. Even Mussolini did more to save Jews and when you consider that the nazis could have have him murdered but did not, then you know how much more the pope could have done. He was no saint; he was a devil. That is why when he died his temperature rose to such heights that he was considred as having been burnt to death.

(59) Michael, May 9, 2009 8:53 AM

Sainthood for Pius XII

Most of Hitler's troops were Catholics & Lutherans. If the Pope could do nothing to stop or even minimize the destruction of Europe's Jews, out of fear of the Nazis, then he is truly a useles, pathetic figure & deserves no recognition.

(58) Anonymous, January 13, 2009 9:29 AM

holocaust survivor

I was 17 when I were taken to Auschwitz on a cattle wagon with my mother and about 90 others in that wagon. The "train ride" took four days and nights, upon arrival we were taken to the gas chamber, but there were so many waiting to be gassed that they postponed our extermination and put us in barracks. This happened in May 1944, us Hungarian jews were still in Hungary before that. Pope Pius XII. could have sent a directive to the catholic priests in Hungary not to make sermons against the jews, this was the least he could have done, but he didn't If you were a jew you had better not be around when the churches let out the faithful after the Sunday sermons, because you could be beaten up by the crowd being so riled up against the jews after the sermons. This pope doesn't deserve sainthood, he was a vain man concerned mostly with himself, he saved some jewish children for his church, he converted them to catholicism, and gave instruction not to give them back to their parents if the parents survive the camps.

(57) Kevin, December 6, 2008 12:49 PM

Standing by while evil prevails

I always thought it was wrong for anyone to stand by silent while evil prevailed, and a gross theological error for the Catholic heirarchy to take the position that only those within its embrace is worthy of "love thy neighbor". What the Catholic church does is its own business, until that business speaks or acts in a way that adversely affects those they share the world with.

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