German Catholic bishops admit they were ‘complicit’ in Nazi crimes

NEW YORK POST

By Jorge Fitz-Gibbon / May 3, 2020 | 

Adolf Hitler with the Vatican ambassador in 1935
Adolf Hitler with the Vatican ambassador in 1935

Germany’s Catholic bishops have acknowledged that they were “complicit” in allowing the Nazis to rise to power and stood by while they launched World War II, according to new reports.

In a 23-page report made public this weekend, Germany’s Council of Catholic Bishops said it didn’t do enough to oppose the rise of Nazi power and even cooperated with Adolf Hitler’s regime during the Second World War, according to a report originally published in the UK’s Sunday Times.

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Newly Unsealed Vatican Archives Lay Out Evidence of Pope Pius XII’s Knowledge of the Holocaust

The Catholic Church’s actions during World War II have long been a matter of historical debate

By Theresa Machemer SMITHSONIANMAG.COM
MAY 5, 2020

Pope Pius XII
New research from the Vatican Archives sheds light on Pope Pius XII’s decisions during World War II. (Photo by Fred Ramage / Keystone / Getty Images)

Pope Pius XII led the Catholic Church during the tumult of World War II, but his silence on the fate of the millions of Jews killed during the Holocaust has clouded his legacy with controversy.

To critics, the pontiff’s refusal to publicly condemn the Nazis represents a shameful moral failing with devastating consequences. In his polarizing 1999 biography of Pius, British journalist John Cornwell argued that the religious leader placed the papacy’s supremacy above the plight of Europe’s Jews, winning a modicum of power—and protection from the rising threat of communism—by becoming “Hitler’s pope” and pawn. Supporters, however, say that Pius’ silence was calculated to prevent German retaliation and ensure the continued success of the Catholic Church’s behind-the-scenes efforts to aid victims of Nazi persecution.

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‘Women’s rights are being trampled’

Voices from a protest march in Warsaw over Poland’s near-total abortion ban

By Kuba Kaminski, Antonia Mortensen and Laura Smith-Spark, CNN

January 31, 2021

Editor’s note: The people photographed and interviewed by CNN did so on the condition that they are only identified by their first names to preserve their anonymity.Warsaw, Poland — The protesters who marched through the Polish capital’s icy streets on Friday night had a clear message for the government over its imposition this week of a near-total ban on abortions: We will stand up for women’s rights.It was the third day of protests since the ruling came into effect — and marked 100 days of protests since Poland’s constitutional tribunal court first handed down its controversial ruling, sparking weeks of mass demonstrations.Following those protests, the government had signaled it was open to dialogue. But on Wednesday it unexpectedly published the law enforcing the court’s ruling, which states that abortions may only be permitted in cases of rape, incest or when the woman’s life is in danger and bars the termination of pregnancies with fetal defects.

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The Roman Catholic Church, the Holocaust, and the demonization of the JewsResponse to “Benjamin and us: Christanity, its Jews, and history” by Jeanne Favret-Saada

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Abstract

Following eleven years’ work, in 1998 a high-level Vatican commission instituted by Pope John Paul II offered what has become the official position of the Roman Catholic Church denying any responsibility for fomenting the kind of demonization of the Jews that made the Holocaust possible. In a 2001 book, The popes against the Jews, I demonstrated that in fact the church played a major role in leading Catholics throughout Europe to view Jews as an existential threat. Yet defenders of the church position continue to deny the historical evidence and to launch ferocious ad hominem attacks against scholars who have researched the subject. The anti-Semitism promulgated by the church can be seen as part of the long battle it waged against modernity, with which the Jews were identified.

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Witchcraft, Religion, and the State Apparatus: The Witch Craze Revisite / (Mohamed EZROURA FLHS –Rabat)

“. . . millions of witches, sorcerers, possessed and obsessed were an enormous mass of severe neurotics [and ] psychotics. . . for many years the world looked like a veritable insane asylum. . . .” (Gregory Zilboorg). 

“. . . the witch-craze was neither a lynching party nor a mass suicide by hysterical women. Rather, it followed well-ordered, legalistic procedures. The witch-hunts were well-organized campaigns, initiated, financed and executed by Church and State. . . .” (Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English) 

I. Introduction: The Apparatus and the Witch 

In the study of cultural phenomena, cultural studies has often focused on the notion of the Cultural 

Apparatus (C.W. Mills), or the Ideological State Apparatus (L. Althusser), as a motor of cultural change, a regulator of cultural maintenance, and even a powerful eugenic mechanism that the State deploys to discipline individuals and to shape them psychologically into obedient, docile citizens who can toil their whole lives trying to be good souls and prepare to inhabit paradise after death!

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AN OPEN LETTER

An open letter with a question to international and domestic institutions whose fight and care for human rights are  the grounds for their existence and work:  

“Since when are morals, ethics and justice, on which the fight for inalienable human rights, especially childrenˈs,  is based, not important to you?”

Why have you turned a deaf ear to the Lawsuit and kept your mouths shut although  the three most recent Popes admitted to almost all the crimes committed by the  Roman Catholic Church?!

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David – nongovernmental human rights organization the name of millions of the oppressed, deceived, tortured, murdered, robbed SUES THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, HEADQUATERED IN THE VATICAN

The lawsuit is based on the admission by the three most recent popes of the crimes and evils against humans and peoples committed by the Roman Catholic Church throughout history up to the present moment.  

This letter will be sent to the international institutions which in the world represent a morally ethical equivalent of rightfulness, truth and justice to raise their voice and publicly condemn and sanction (prohibit) the religious institution which has done a lot of evil throughout history and still does. 

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Croatia hit by 6.4 magnitude earthquake, leaving at least 7 dead

By Jan Bantic, Arnaud Siad and Nada Bashir, CNN

Updated 0142 GMT (0942 HKT) December 30, 2020

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/12/29/europe/croatia-earthquake-6-3-magnitude-petrinja-intl/index.html

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Zagreb, Croatia (CNN)At least seven people were killed and dozens were injured after a powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck central Croatia on Tuesday, according to the US Geological Survey and Croatian officials.Emergency crews, assisted by the military, were still digging through the rubble in several towns as night fell and electricity remained out.The quake, which struck just after noon local time about 30 miles southeast of the capital Zagreb, could be felt across the Balkans. It is the largest quake to hit Croatia this year, according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre.A building destroyed in the earthquake in Petrinja.A building destroyed in the earthquake in Petrinja.Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said the death toll was expected to rise. And he appealed to private citizens not to go to the worst-hit town, Petrinja, which was near the epicenter.”At this moment, we don’t know exactly how many people have died. The latest information before the core cabinet meeting was seven people,” Plenkovic said. “We have some indication that this number may be higher, so we’ll wait and see for the police’s official report.”A girl in the town of Petrinja, a man found inside a collapsed church in the village of Žažina, and five men in the village of Majske Poljane, were among the dead, according to Croatia’s Interior Ministry and local media reports.”We are doing everything we can to help the citizens of Petrinja and surrounding areas in this dramatic and tragic situation,” Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic said in a tweet.”The destructive earthquake has taken human lives, destroyed homes, and we deeply sympathise with every person and every family that has been harmed.”

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Instead of feast day and New Year’s greetings

Let’s become aware of them and let’s come closer to them at least for a moment; them who are deprived of their rights, distrained upon, discriminated against, also the so-called different, victims of extremism, aggression, unscrupulousness, intolerance, the so-called coloured, poor, homeless, refugees, hungry, displaced and victims of falsified religious teachings, children and women victims of religious and other types of violence – exploited children and women who live in captivity – as slaves, ill people suffering pain in any degree of intensity!

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