Thursday, April 10, 2008

IS THIS POPE A FASCIST?? And Is The Catholic Church An Anti Semetic, Fascist Organization???

Troughout its history, the Holy
Roman Empire has been dominated
mainly by Germany and
the Vatican. Its most popular political
leader was Charlemagne, who was
crowned emperor in a.d. 800. Today,
some European leaders believe it will
take another Charlemagne for the European
Union to finally take off as a world
power.Europe is moving very fast toward crowning this new
Charlemagne—yet this trend is not getting the headlines it
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Knesset address on
March 18 was, I believe, the most significant speech made
by any German leader since World War ii. In speaking
about the German atrocities committed against the Jews
during the war, she made a statement that some people
have been waiting to hear for over 60 years. In an apology
to her Israeli audience, Merkel said, “The mass murder
of 6 million Jews, carried out in the name of Germany,
has brought indescribable suffering to the Jewish people,
Europe and the entire world.” She said Germans were
“filled with shame” over the Nazi Holocaust.
While in Israel, Merkel also visited Yad Vashem—Israel’s
Holocaust museum. As it happens, I visited the same
museum a month earlier. It was a stirring, emotionally
draining experience.
The day after the German chancellor’s speech in the
Knesset, Manfred Gerstenfeld wrote a column for the
Jerusalem Post titled, “What Angela Merkel couldn’t say
out loud.” He wrote, “Few in Israel realize that a majority of
Germans probably disagree with several key statements she
made here about her country’s past—including the mention
of shame and guilt.”
He brings up a good point. It’s one thing for Merkel to
apologize on behalf of the German people for their sins
during World War ii, but are the German people truly
Either way, I believe it was courageous for Angela Merkel
to even make such a statement—even more so if it doesn’t
accurately reflect German sentiment. In that case, the apology
may end up hurting her political career. But isn’t that a
hallmark of great leadership—leading your people the right
way regardless of the political consequences?
The Vatican’s Stance
Angela Merkel’s speech was full of statements we might
expect from a religious leader. Why, then, has the German
Pope Benedict refused to issue a similar apology? If you
have been following the pope’s speeches and interviews,
you will know that his best-known comments are those that
have criticized other groups—especially religions.
The pope recently quoted a Byzantine emperor who
said that anything new Mohammed had contributed was
evil and inhumane. He said the Islamic movement had
converted people to its faith by the sword. Both comments
triggered an outcry of protest from the world of Islam.
The pope has also been openly critical of Protestants,
wondering how they could even have the title of “church”
attributed to them.
He has removed restrictions on the use of the Latin
Mass, which includes a call for the Jews to be converted to
Catholicism. Recently, he revised the “Good Friday Prayer
for the Jews” to read: “Let us also pray for the Jews: That
our God and Lord may illuminate their hearts, that they
acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the Savior of all men.”
These alterations have angered many Jews.
Notice what Jason Burke wrote in the Observer last
year: “The pope also sparked bewilderment when he
made no mention of anti-Semitism, or the fact that the
Nazis killed millions of people because they were Jewish,
in a speech last year at Auschwitz. He also failed to
acknowledge that there might be some degree of collective
responsibility of the German people” (July 8, 2007).
It’s astounding to me that a German pope—speaking at
Auschwitz, of all places—could not come up with somethingsimilar to the comments made by Angela Merkel. I believe
because, like many Germans,
Pope Benedict xvi disagrees with many of the key statements
Merkel made—including the mention of shame and guilt.
Gerstenfeld continued in his Jerusalem Post column, “In
contemporary Germany there are significant expressions
of anti-Semitism and racism. … At the same time, there are
efforts in Germany to rewrite the past. Books by historian
Jrg Friedrich, who compares the Allied actions to his
nation’s atrocities during the war, are bestsellers.”
That message—that the Allies were just as guilty as Germany
was—is popular
among Germans! Gerstenfeld
“They promise Holocaust
equivalents by
using Nazi semantics
to describe the Allied
bombings of Germany
during World War ii.”
Rewriting history
in order to glorify, or
at least excuse, Nazi
atrocities is obscene
Margaret Thatcher,
the former prime minister
of Britain, once
said that the problem
with Europe today
is that it has been
anchored to Germany,
instead of the other
way around. Germany
is calling the shots—
and that could be a
real problem when
you consider that it
started two world
wars that killed some 50 million people.
How concerned should we be about what’s going on in
Europe? As I said, I think Angela Merkel’s address in the
Knesset was a moment of greatness for herThe Pope’s Standoff With Islam
Another recent development in the Vatican highlights the
escalating tension between Catholicism and Islam. At his
Easter vigil service on March 22, Pope Benedict baptized
Magdi Allam—a former Muslim. Allam is a deputy editor
of one of Italy’s most powerful newspapers, and he’s also a
bestselling author.
Stratfor wrote this about the much-publicized baptism:
“Allam is an Egyptian-born convert from Islam to Christianity,
and is a prominent outspoken critic of radical
Islamism” (March 24). The timing of the baptism was especially
significant, as Stratfor went on to point out: “Only
days before, on March 19, an Internet posting of an audio
message purporting to be from al Qaeda leader Osama bin
Laden accused the pope specifically of fomenting a ‘new
Crusade’ against Islam.” Stratfor continued,
“In attempting to galvanize and energize 1 billion Catholics,
Benedict might also further alienate 1 billion Muslims.”
A superpower is rising in Europe. It will soon impact this
world and shed blood as no church-state combine ever has.
Stratfor wrote, “[I]t could very well move the Vatican
onto center stage in radical Islamism’s conflict with the
West. And that can have profound geopolitical implications.”

A German pope—speaking at Auschwitz, of all
places—could not come up with something
similar to the comments made by Angela Merkel the current German leader!!!