Close but no Cigar

The Roman Catholic Church has a wondrous facility for double mindedness. While speaking of mercy and charity to the world's leaders, she can at the same time be a willing participant in some of the greatest horrors ever visited by men upon other men. I have addressed a few of the more egregious examples of the Vatican's duplicity in other postings. These articles, as is my custom, are well documented and can be verified by those willing to make the effort.

In the August 30, 2000 issue of our local newspaper, I saw a small article on a back page that called to mind Rome's shameless involvement in European events during the first half of the last century. For reasons perhaps only understood by Vatican officialdom, the Holy See not only maintained good relations with Germany's National Socialist Party (Nazi) but actually supported it with money, manpower and preaching. I examined a small segment of this support in a lengthy article that is available on my Catholic Stuf web site.

One of the key players in the love affair between the Vatican and Nazism was Eugenio Pacelli, long-time Papal Nuncio to Germany, Vatican Secretary of State and later Pope Pius XII –also known as the Peace Pope.

When seeking ways to paint a prettier portrait of Pius XII than history allows, Catholic apologists resurrect a letter he wrote in 1934, in a fit of pique, in which he railed against Hitler. Whatever motivated the letter, both before and after writing it, Pacelli/Pius XII was a stalwart ally of National Socialism in Germany, Spain, Italy, the Balkans, Austria, etc. Did he turn a blind eye to the horrors perpetrated during the terrible 30's and 40's? I should think so. In fact, in public statements made in 1944 and 1946 "he implicitly exonerated Germany from any notion of collective guilt."(Fr. Richard P. McBrien, Lives of the Popes, HarperSanFrancisco (1997), p. 364).

In recent years, we have seen a flurry of pseudo-apologies issuing forth from the Vatican, apparently in a poorly-disguised attempt to facilitate Rome's insidious program to conquer the world through ecumenicalism. Has the RCC really apologized? Read the words of these so-called apologies. The Roman Catholic Church has apologized for nothing. Another example of Catholic intransigence in matters relating to Church wrongdoing was in that issue of my local newspaper,

BERLIN. -- Germany's Catholic Church said Tuesday it would pay $4.6 million in compensation for using Nazi-provided forced labor during World War II but snubbed a national compensation fund, saying the church had no part in "collective guilt."--Catholics pledge to pay compensation, San Antonio Express-News, (August 30, 2000) p. 9A [My emphasis]

It is only fair to point out that churches aligned with the Vatican were not the only ones who cooperated, to some degree or other, with the Nazis. Sadly, only the heretical sect known as the Jehovah's Witnesses has clean hands in that matter. The article continued:

Pressure on the Catholic Church has grown since German firms and the government established a $4.6 billion fund earlier this year and called on all organizations that might have used slave or forced labor, including the churches, to contribute.

While Protestant church leaders agreed last month to pay $4.6 million into the national fund, the Catholic Church decided not to join that initiative and will instead channel payments to surviving victims via a charity.--Ibid.

I recall, from my days as a Catholic, that in order to be forgiven my confessed sins, in addition to the prescribed penance, I was required to make a "perfect Act of Contrition." That this is still so today may be seen from the Catechism:

1451. Among the penitent's acts contrition occupies first place. Contrition is 'sorrow of the soul and detestation for the sin committed, together with the resolution not to sin again.' [Council of Trent (1551): DS 1676.]

1452. "When it arises from a love by which God is loved above all else, contrition is called 'perfect' (contrition of charity). Such contrition remits venial sins; it also obtains forgiveness of mortal sins if it includes the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible.[Cf. Council of Trent (1551): DS 1677.]--Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd Ed., © 1994/97 United States Catholic Conference, Inc., p. 364 [Mt emphasis]

Judging by the German Catholic Church's denial of having part in "collective guilt," one may then assume that the German Catholic Church cannot forgive itself, since she is unwilling to acknowledge her sinful acts, the sins against man in which she had an active or supportive role. Not that she could forgive herself of any sins in any case. Only God can forgive sin, and He has provided the means to receive that forgiveness by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. Read your Bible. Look for the true Christ in its pages.

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