-ISRAEL’S MESSAGE TO POPE BENEDICT XVI: “Please, let it be.”

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Pope Benedict XVI arrives at Yad Vashem accompanied by Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate Mr. Avner Shalev (right) Photo by Yossi Ben David /Yad Vashem

Pope Benedict XVI arrives at Yad Vashem accompanied by Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate Mr. Avner Shalev (right) Photo by Yossi Ben David /Yad Vashem

MAY 17, 2009 –  Pope John XXIII (1881-1963), was one of the most beloved popes of all time. His relationship with the Jewish people earned him respect and gratitude. He once said: “Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.”

Reading mass media reports, it would seem the recent visit to Israel by Pope Benedict XVI was thwart in fears and very little in hopes and dreams. One moving event did occur, which the majority of the international media ignored.

Perhaps the best and only way for us to describe the event, is to show it to you. You cannot fail to be impressed.  <<<Click here>>>

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2 comments on “-ISRAEL’S MESSAGE TO POPE BENEDICT XVI: “Please, let it be.”

  1. Joseph Ratzinger had no “rationale” for his “involvement” with the Hitler Jugend. His family was anti-Nazi, not even party members, and kept him away from Hitler Jugend until it became compulsory by law, when the child Joseph was 14 years old. Before that, his parents (poor as they were) had to pay more for his tuition because he did NOT join the HJ. All in all he ultimately attended very few of these weekly HJ sessions. Anyway, he was absolutely useless in sports and “fighting” exercises, a fact that is well witnessed to by everyone who knew him as boy and young man. The man is a scholar type and always has been. You can read about the Nazi years in “Milestones”, a short auto-biography of Ratzinger.

    Neither he, nor his brother, ever fired one single shot in the war. They always wanted to become priests. The brother was a radio operator, while Joseph R. was one of those who guarded the Mercedes Benz factory from air raids(Munich.)A fellow Flak comrade of the 16 years old Ratzinger told the press that the boy-“soldier” wrote poems in Greek hexameter heckling Hitler and the Nazis to pass the time.

    But how is it that Jews do not know that Hitler Jugend attendance became compulsory by law and that parents who still kept their kids from attending could (and were) sent to concentration camps, and worse?

    Secondly, the long process in getting Pius XII beatified, or whatever, started decades ago already and the initiative did not come from Benedict at all. Popes do not nominate people to the sainthood. It starts from ground level and takes decades, sometimes centuries. And shouldn’t Jews ask themselves why Einstein, Golda Meir and other Jews lauded Pius XII after the war for what he did for Jews – he really was instrumental in saving thousands of Jewish lives, whether you want to know it or not. What a shame that a play written in 1962 by a East-German with connections to the KGB succeeded in creating the exact opposite impression of Pius XII. Some historians now call Pius XII the most unjustly maligned person in history.

    I think it is time to stop repeating what the sensation seeking media give us to digest and rather do our own homework on someone like the pope. This pope is not an extrovert, theatrical guy like the previous one. But most informed scholars know that it was Ratzinger who to a large extent formed John Paul’s theological thinking on the Jews. Instead of seeing Ratzinger as a friend, you continue drawing him as a cold, Hitler Jugend, Nazi-type. Just not true.

  2. Unlike the past Pope who showed great empathy toward the Jews, made great gestures in apologizing in the name of the Vatican for their negative role in the Holocaust and for not doing enough to rescue Jews and condemn Hitler and Nazism, this current pope is evasively contemplative. It’s time he explain his rationale for his involvement in the Hitler Youth Movement, and his problematic role in trying to beautify a different Pope whose actions in WWII were problematic at best. Since the reign of the current Pope there has been a relapse in the reconciliation between the Vatican and the Jewish people that was formulated in the time of his predecessor.

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