Oct 3, 2022 The plight of Catholics in China has not been helped by Pope Francis’s secret pact with the Chinese Communist Party. LifeSiteNews journalist and commentator Kennedy Hall caught up with Vatican-China expert Steven Mosher, founder of the Population Research Institute, at the Catholic Identity Conference, which was held September 30 to October 2, 2022, in Pittsburgh, PA. Tune in as they discuss the fate of Cardinal Joseph Zen, how the Chinese Communist Party is creating dioceses without bishops, and a comparative overview of Chinese-Vatican relations.
Croatian Jewish representatives expressed outrage after the culture minister praised a film claiming the number of people killed by the country’s pro-Nazi WWII regime at the Jasenovac concentration camp was exaggerated.
Catholic Church, looking for a bulwark against communism, supported what became genocidal regime of Nazi satellite Croatia.
By JULIA GORIN
Published: FEBRUARY 22, 2010 22:47
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(photo credit: Courtesy of Unites States Holocaust Memorial Museu)
The controversy over the canonization of Pope Pius XII concerns whetherhe spoke out enough against the slaughter of Jews during World War II.But that question is a red herring when trying to grasp the big pictureof the Vatican’s role during the war.
I won’t dwell on this for long, but though I’d call to your attention this new article in The Atlantic about the behavior of the Catholic Church during World War II. It concentrates, though, on the story of how two Jewish children whose parents died in Auschwitz were forcibly baptized by the Church, which, under canon law, then refused to return the children to their Jewish relatives.
Two months into the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Russian Orthodox Church has not missed a single occasion to claim that the Vatican stands by its side in the situation in Ukraine. While Vatican diplomacy and Pope Francis try to choose their words and symbolism to navigate a war that they seem to interpret as outcome of a geopolitical conflict of interests between Russia and the United States, the Moscow Patriarchate has been unwavering in its resolve to present the Vatican as an ally and ignore evidence to the contrary.
New Zealand’s Catholic church has admitted that 14% of its diocesan clergy have been accused of abusing children and adults since 1950.
The church released the figures at the request of the royal commission on abuse in care, set up in 2018 by prime minister Jacinda Ardern, who said the country needed to confront “a dark chapter” in its history, and later expanded it to include churches and other faith-based institutions.
It’s hard out here for a pope. See, when it comes to religious history, the list of Catholic Church transgressions makes for pretty uncomfortable reading. Despite exalting virtue and kindness in its teaching, church leadership has spearheaded a long history of outright unforgivable Catholic actions.
You might remember some of these improprieties from school – the Inquisition, Joan of Arc, and the trial of Galileo should all ring a bell. But not everything here is medieval. Though Vatican violence goes way back, a number of disturbing episodes are from recent history. Some of this repugnant behavior comes from popes, some was church-endorsed, and some, most unsettlingly, was just straight-up regular church practice.