Originally Posted by regen
Yes, the Nazi killed some Catholics, but really they killed Jews, lots and lots of Jews, so for you to to ignore that fact shows either rabid anti-semitism or plain old ignorance. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and call you just ignorant.
And as far as Catholics are concerned, it wasn't until Vatican II in 1968 that anti-semitism was actually renounced as going against church doctrine. Up until then, hating Jews and killing Jews was just fine with the Catholic church. Maybe you'll recall an event called the Inquisition, a body which, BTW, still exists in ther Vatican and up untill today was headed by one Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. Throw in the Hitler youth thing and you might understand why Jews might not be thrilled he got named pope.
But on to important issues: what's the new pope's position on the stadium?
If I remember correctly something like 30 million people died in Europe during the second world war. So in addition to Jewish people, there were Russians, Polish, Austrians, British,Italians, Slavs, French, Armenians and Czechs and apologies to all I missed.Most of these people were killed by Hitlers armies yet all we ever hear about is the 6 million. During WW2 if I recall correctly the Third Reich was occupying the country in which the Vatican is located, and the Vatican was surrounded by Hitler's and Mussolini's armies. If the Pope was critical of Hitler there was a good chance that his army would have occupied the Vatican and or massacred Italian Catholic citizens in retribution for the pope's remarks. So to say the Jews were slaughtered while the pope stood by is an outrage, 4 to 5 times as many non-jews died ,should we also blame the pope for them?