Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Pope , Nazis , Jews and Atheists

The Pope has recently said the Nazis were against Jews.

I remember the encyclical 1937 'Mit Brennender Sorge' with its veiled references to Jews as the people who crucified Jesus, and its praise of the Old Testament for recording how Jews strayed from God.

'But side by side with innumerable touches of greatness and nobleness, they also record the story of the chosen people, bearers of the Revelation and the Promise, repeatedly straying from God and turning to the world.'

'....he denies his faith in the true Christ, such as He appeared in the flesh, the Christ who took His human nature from a people that was to crucify Him.'

Why did the Vatican order anti-Semitic statements to be read out in all Catholic churches in 1937 Nazi Germany?


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