As I rise from the torpid, lethargy my blogging has been in of late, the Pope has said something so stupid… so utterly foolish that I must rise up and speak. I am slightly annoyed that I must explain Christianity to the pope… but there ya go.
“In a place like this, words fail; in the end, there can be only a dread silence, a silence which itself is a heartfelt cry to God: Why, Lord, did you remain silent? How could you tolerate all this?” Really I think Your holiness you forget that god granted us minds, gave us free will, and if you accept the Christian story came down to earth to teach us the better way. Mayhaps asking “Why have we ignored the word of the lord, why did we stray from him.” then we would be asking a much better question.
One of the greatest follies of men regarding the World War II is in making the Nazi’s out to be some form of preternatural force, that millions of people were seduced and entranced by Adolph Hitler. That truth allows those people who ignored or even aided and abetted the Nazi’s to in some cases save their own lives, but in far more because in some dark corner of their heart they BELIVED the death of the Jews would be better for us all the light of justice, and the reflection that is needed for true atonement. Indeed by saying Hitler was outside the Christian folds of Europe the church has allowed sin to breed in the hearts of men, and condemned thousands if not millions to hell.
Benedict did not refer to collective guilt of the German people but instead focused on the Nazi regime. He said he was “a son of that people over which a ring of criminals rose to power by false promises of future greatness.”
And here the pope perpetuates the sin, and perpetuates the folly. The tragedy is not a tragedy of just the German people, but a tragedy of the world. The US let boats of Jews be turned away. French, poles, Austrians and others served as willing executioners to Adolph Hitler’s regime. The swiss hid ill gotten gains in their banks while the blood was spilling. To only speak of it as a German problem, or as a Jewish problem only serves to perpetuate the tragedy onto another generation. This is a human problem, it was the failure of morals and ethics and character of millions. It shows what happens when people turn a blind eye to tragedy and suffering of others.
This is why Christ taught compassion, and taught love of your fellow man. And I shouldn’t be the one to tell the pope that he failed to walk in the shoes of the fisherman and has failed as a spiritual guide for a billion souls.