Friday, May 20, 2005

Benedict XVI Condemns Nazism and Atheist Communism

VATICAN CITY (VIS) - Yesterday evening, the Holy Father attended a showing of the film: "Karol un uomo diventato Papa" (Karol, A Man Who Became Pope) which was screened in the Paul VI Hall in the presence of several thousand people. Based on a script written by Italian journalist Gian Franco Svidercoschi, the film covers the life of John Paul II until his election as bishop of Rome.

In an address following the showing, the Pope pointed out how the first half of the film "highlighted what happened in Poland under Nazi occupation," and he referred to the "repression of the Polish people and the genocide of the Jews. These were atrocious crimes which demonstrate all the evil contained in Nazi ideology. Shaken by so much pain and so much violence, the young Karol decided to transform his own life, responding to the divine call to the priesthood."

Benedict XVI indicated that the film contained scenes that, "in their crudity, give rise to an instinctive feeling of horror in viewers, bringing them to reflect on the depths of iniquity that can be hidden in the human soul. At the same time, evoking such aberrations cannot but give rise in all right-thinking people to a commitment to do all they can to ensure that such acts of inhuman barbarity are never repeated again."

"May 8, 1945 marked the end of that immense tragedy that sowed destruction and death in Europe and the world at a level never known before. ... Every time a totalitarian ideology crushes man underfoot, all humanity is seriously threatened.

"Memories must not pale with the passing of time," said the Pope, "rather they should remain as a strict lesson for our own and future generations. We have the duty to remind ourselves and others, especially the young, what forms of unprecedented violence can be reached by scorn for human beings and violation of their rights."

How, Benedict asked, can we not see "a providential divine plan in the fact that on the Chair of Peter a Polish Pope was succeeded by a citizen of Germany, where the Nazi regime affirmed itself with particular virulence, before attacking its neighbors, in particular Poland? Both these Popes in their youth - though on different sides and in different situations - were forced to experience the barbarism of the Second World War and the senseless violence of man against man, of peoples against peoples."

The Pope stressed how "nothing can improve in the world, if evil is not overcome; and evil can be overcome only through forgiveness. May the shared and sincere condemnation of Nazism and of atheist Communism serve as a commitment for everyone in building reconciliation and peace on the basis of forgiveness."

Prior to the screening of the film, Pope Benedict had participated in a ceremony in which his brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, was decorated by Helmut Turk, Austrian ambassador to the Holy See, with the "Osterreichisches Ehrenkreuz fur Wissenschaft und Kunst, Erste Klasse" (Austrian First Class Cross of Honor for Science and Art). The medal was assigned to him on December 7, 2004 by Heinz Fischer, president of Austria, for his close cultural and priestly ties with the Republic of Austria.


Giancarlo said...


Maureen Martin said...

Thanks for this info. Do you have any info for a non-Catholic who keeps bringing up the Nazi Youth history?

robhowland said...

I will never forget about Pope John Paul II using the power of prayer to help end Communism in his native Poland. Pope John Paul II did many great things for the church. GOD BLESS POPE JOHN PAUL II!

The Common Anglican said...

I like how the Pope's brother received a medal. One has to wonder if him being the brother of the Pope had anything to do with it at all?

Binimply said...

"These were atrocious crimes which demonstrate all the evil contained in Nazi ideology."

This is like saying "Religions have fought terrible wars." Religions don't fight; people do. Ideologies are not evil; people who practice them are.

How many wars have been instigated, for example, by "Democracy". Greece has been called the Mother of Democracy. The Greek Demoracies were continually at war with one another. England has been called the Mother of Nations, and the Mother of Democracies. Yet England supported piracy, which is in fact one means which allowed her to become as great as she did. Democracies dismembered and raped Germany after WWI. And it was a democracy that launched the first nuclear war in history, and that was against a nation completely unable to protect its citizens from such an attack.

Has there ever been a democracy previous to the last half of the 20th century, which did not condone and support slavery, and allow religious persecution against some merely unpopular group?

No one need recite the horrors of communism.

Yet democracy generally grants freedoms that allow individuals to better themselves and their communities. Communism appeals to compassion for the down-trodden. National Socialism, such as envisioned by the Strasser brothers and many other "anti-Hitler Nazis" promoted selfless community service, national unity, pride in cultural and scientific achievements, family, faith, and fatherland.

National Socialism has been as misunderstood as communism. Whereas communists were good at propaganda, and that's why they are 'misunderstood,' National Socialists "lost the war", and since the victors, including communists, write the history, national socialism was doomed to misrepresentation and misunderstanding.

Solo said...

GAWD! This Pope ain't dead yet? I'm over these Popes that keep tight lipped about child molestation and women's oppression. If women can be granted all these liberties that defy his Bible (like the Ten Commandments for instance) then women can be priests too. Otherwise, he should take the proper stance. Women are property and should be treated accordingly. They don't deserve rights. They're tools. The Bible tells me so...

calethefag said...

i am here to share my my most utter disscust towards christianity as a religion and you new so-called god messenger. I am a homosexual, i am not a monster, you people are the monsters for putting so much global negative energy on us, what would you like us to do.. die? go live in the forest?coz we aint going anywhere sweetheart. your all going to have to deal with us intelligent faggots!

calethefag said...

Our mind is subconcious energy, trapped in this physical (3D) world. i have unlocked my brain i am my own devine leader; everyone is there own god. no matter what colour skin you have, what u beleive in, your sexual orientation, because when it comes down to it we all have minds, we all have voices, not just 1, many. we are put in this physical world to experience and learn and grow and mature so that we have the knowledge to keep our souls alive until we are put in this 3D world again. it is a gift to be born in this day and age because our outlook on life now is at its peak, its not going to be long until religion is thrown aside and wars arnt fought with soilders, but fought by us because your religions and population growth within the religions is becoming to much, u cant blame the gays they have been around since before jesus was supposedly created. so you can either create enemies or all work together in harmony and peace because you all have no idea what peace, freedom and universal love is