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New Pope is a Former Nazi

The truth is, according to his own autobiography [Milestones: Memoirs 1927-1977] that Ratzinger was enrolled in the Hitler Youth in the early 1940s, and did not resist the Nazi draft, choosing to join Hitler's army in 1943.
Church Names ex-Nazi as Pope

The Roman Church Defends its Immense Riches by Supporting Fascism Worldwide


The new Pope Benoit 16, the German Cardinal Ratzinger, is a former Nazi.

The truth is, according to his own autobiography [Milestones: Memoirs 1927-1977] that Ratzinger (along with his brother) was enrolled in the Hitler Youth in the early 1940s, and did not resist the Nazi draft, choosing to join Hitler's army in 1943 rather than claim status as a conscientious objector (as Jehovah's Witnesses did in Ratzinger's home town). Ratzinger never made any attempt to assist the Resistance to Fascism in Germany.
 http://p217.ezboard.com/ftheratzingerforumfrm21.showMessage?topicID=7.topi

The previous Pope, John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla) has also been accused of being a Nazi collaborator, even before he entered the church. Ratzinger explicitly referred to the fact, saying John Paul II's funeral mass, that Wojtyla "worked in a chemical factory during the war," as he recited a brief biography.
Wojtyla (John Paul II) worked in Nazi-occupied Poland for I.G. Farben's Solvay Drugs. One of the factory's products was cyanide, or Zyklon B gas, which was sold to Nazi death camps such as Auschwitz. Wojtyla, who had also been an actor, is said to have entered the priesthood in November 1946 to escape possible arrest and prosecution as a war criminal.
 http://www.rense.com/general59/almost.htm

Church Silent During the Holocaust

World War II-era pope Pius XII, aka "Hitler's Pope," failed to once condemn the historic crime of industrial genocide of Jews and others under Naziism. The best witness of the Pope's silence is a statement by Nazi Germany's ambassador to the Vatican, Baron von Weizsacker. Weizsacker stated that the pope (Pius XII) had not "allowed himself to be carried away into making any demonstrative statements against the deportation of the Jews... [and that] he has done all he could, in this delicate question as in other matters, not to prejudice relationships with the German government. Since further action on the Jewish problem is probably not to be expected here in Rome, it may be assumed that this question, so troublesome to German-Vatican relations, has been disposed of."
 http://www.chivalricorders.org/vatican/piusXII.htm

Catholic-Fascist Regime in Croatia
Following the Nazi invasion and dismemberment of Yugoslavia in April 1941, the Independent State of Croatia was established as a clerical-fascist state under the rule of the Croatian fascist party, the Ustashe. Some 700,000 Serbs, Jews, Romas and other anti-fascists were killed in the Jasenovac death-camp complex, while many more were killed in smaller camps or in local massacres. While the Ustashe regime set about to racially exterminate all Serbs, Jews and Romas living within its borders, it also carried out a systematic policy of plundering the assets of these three nationalities. These looted assets, the property of millions of people, were never recovered. The bulk of it was smuggled out of Croatia at the end of the war to the Vatican, and from there to still other destinations.
 http://www.vaticanbankclaims.com/press1.html

The Vatican responded to lawsuits seeking to reclaim looted assets by declaring itself immune to prosecution by virtue of its statehood.

See the following article excerpt:

Vatican's Claim to Statehood used to Avoid Lawsuit
November 28, 2000
Reuters

The Vatican's bank has asked a U.S. court to throw out a lawsuit charging it with laundering gold and other assets stolen by a [Catholic] Nazi puppet regime, arguing that the Vatican has immunity because it is an independent state.
 http://www.seechange.org/what's%20new/Vatican%20Bank%20Lawsuit.htm
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In fact, the Church has consistently supported fascist regimes throughout modern history, in central and South America, in the USA and elsewhere, just as it has always supported the forces of reaction, in order to protect and increase its vast riches.

"The Catholic church is the biggest financial power, wealth accumulator and property owner in existence. She is a greater possessor of material riches than any other single institution, corporation, bank, giant trust, government or state of the whole globe. The pope, as the visible ruler of this immense amassment of wealth, is consequently the richest man in the world. No one can realistically assess how much he is worth in terms of billions of dollars."
 http://www.chick.com/reading/books/153/153_10.asp

St Peter's Basilica is the Vatican's most famous building, adjoined by the papal palace with more than 1,000 rooms.

The historic edifice with fortress walls dating back to the 16th or 17th centuries gained independent status in 1929 after the conclusion of Lateran Pacts with Italy. On February 11, Pope Pius XI and Benito Mussolini created the Vatican in its current dimensions and secured additional sovereignty rights and properties.

The Vatican's total assets are a well-kept secret but one which is the topic of much speculation... They include [priceless] works of art and palaces and properties which for the most part cannot be sold. Large parts of the Vatican's assets are in securities and gold reserves.

 http://www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_1685114,00.html

19 April 2002
Worldly assets

• The Vatican Bank, Istituto per le Opere di Religione ... ["Institute for Religious Works"! does not reveal financial data and records are kept only for 10 years*.] Profits and dividends are paid directly to the Pope. It enjoys the status of a central bank and has a dealing room adorned with crucifixes and papal portraits where 20 traders work.

• The 20,000 parishes in America [alone] had revenues of $7.5bn (£5.18bn) )in 2000.

• In the 1980s the Vatican Bank was forced to pay $241m for its part in the collapse of Banco Ambrosiano. Roberto Calvi, "the Pope's banker" who dealt with the failed bank, was found hanging from a rope beneath Blackfriars Bridge [London].
 http://www.vaticanbankclaims.com/worldly.htm


See also THE VATICAN BILLIONS by Avro Manhattan.

"The Vatican has large investments with the Rothschilds of Britain, France and America, with the Hambros Bank, with the Credit Suisse in London and Zurich. In the United States it has large investments with the Morgan Bank, the Chase-Manhattan Bank, the First National Bank of New York, the Bankers Trust Company, and others. The Vatican has billions of shares in the most powerful international corporations such as Gulf Oil, Shell, General Motors, Bethlehem Steel, General Electric, International Business Machines, ... etc. ..

"In a statement published in connection with a bond prospectus, the Boston archdiocese listed its assets at $635 million ($635,891,004), which is 9.9 times its liabilities. This leaves a net worth of 571 million dollars ($571,704,953). It is not difficult to discover the truly astonishing wealth of the church, once we add the riches of the twenty-eight archdioceses and 122 dioceses of the U.S.A., some of which are even wealthier than that of Boston.

"Some idea of the real estate and other forms of wealth controlled by the Catholic church may be gathered by the remark of a member of the New York Catholic Conference, namely 'that his church probably ranks second only to the United States Government in total annual purchase.' Another statement, made by a nationally syndicated Catholic priest, perhaps is even more telling. 'The Catholic church,' he said, 'must be the biggest corporation in the United States. We have a branch office in every neighborhood. Our assets and real estate holdings must exceed those of Standard Oil, A.T.&T., and U.S. Steel combined. And our roster of dues-paying members must be second only to the tax rolls of the United States Government.'

"The Catholic church, once all her assets have been put together, is the most formidable stockbroker in the world. The Vatican, independently of each successive pope, has been increasingly orientated towards the U.S. The Wall Street Journal said that the Vatican's financial deals in the U.S. alone were so big that very often it sold or bought gold in lots of a million or more dollars at one time.

"The Vatican's treasure of solid gold has been estimated by the United Nations World Magazine to amount to several billion dollars. A large bulk of this is stored in gold ingots with the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank, while banks in England and Switzerland hold the rest. But this is just a small portion of the wealth of the Vatican, which in the U.S. alone, is greater than that of the five wealthiest giant corporations of the country. When to that is added all the real estate, property, stocks and shares abroad, then the staggering accumulation of the wealth of the Catholic church becomes so formidable as to defy assessment.


Vatican Bank Top 10 Money Laundering Destination

According to one global source, the Vatican is the main destination for over $55 billion in illegal Italian money laundering and the number 8 destination worldwide for laundered money, ranked well ahead of such offshore havens as the Bahamas, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein.

In a recent report by the London Telegraph and the Inside Fraud Bulletin, the Vatican was named as a top "cut out" country along with the offshore banking centers of Nauru, Macao, and Mauritius. A "cut out" country is one whose banking secrecy makes it is all but impossible to trace laundered funds back to their source.

*The Vatican Bank is desperately resisting a legal action for an accounting of stolen World War II assets in a San Francisco Federal court (Alperin v. Vatican Bank) filed by Serb and Jewish Holocaust survivors. Contrary to the above reports, a declaration filed under penalty of perjury by the Vatican Bank's attorney, Franzo Grande Stevens, states in part that the Vatican Bank's "fundamental purpose is to promote pious acts" and that its depositors "are essentially limited to Vatican state employees, members of the Holy See, religious orders, and persons who deposit money destined, at least in part, for works of piety." Stevens also declared to the court that the Pope controls the Vatican Bank and that bank records are not retained after ten years.
 http://www.vaticanbankclaims.com/vatpr.html

To sum up very simply, the Church is a business. The religious overtones are ancient marketing. You can see the imitation among the ruling elite today, where the Rockefellers or George Soros refer to themselves as "philanthropists," and W. Bush speaks of "human dignity" and a "A culture of life," etc.―even as they operate the Death Machine for their greater profit.

For all its "Big Lie" hypocrisy, the Church's marketing is quite direct about one thing, which is its metaphor for the faithful as sheep.




Further reading:
JPII A Political Obituary
 http://www.wsws.org/articles/2005/apr2005/pope-a06.shtml

sad day for progressive catholics 19.Apr.2005 12:58

****

sigh. old men choose old man --- the best thing about him is that he is 78 years old and can't last too long.

(laughing) 19.Apr.2005 13:49

shaker

Well, I thought his name would lend itself well to a high-tech mouse trap...I guess that's why Popes assume an alias when they take office, just like any other gangster.

Not a surprise 19.Apr.2005 14:30

twospiritwarrior

Here's a better choice.

Then Vs Now 19.Apr.2005 16:19

Den Mark, Vancouver

The relevant question isn't whether ratzinger was a nazi as a boy, but whether he is a nazi now, ..... which, of course, he IS.

Of course, we could all pray for a miracle. Uh-huh.

A bit to sensational; 19.Apr.2005 17:51

Tom

Ratzinger can only be called a nazi by utilizing the greatest stretch of imagination. All of his 'activities' were subscribed compulsory. It was obligatory to join the Hitler Youth for someone who reached 14 by 1941. Again, anti-air gun crews were manned by part time scoolboys of his age as compulsory service. (The Reich suffered 1000 plane-raids in 44-45.) He was drafted to the regular German Army at the age of 18 and luckily the war ended just about when he finished his basic training. He was never a NSDAP member, he did not voluntered for the Waffen-SS or so forth, which would warant you to be scandalized. You condemn this adolescent for not refusing to serve his country in wartime and choosing the gallows instead. (Admitedly that option was available to exercise). I find this rather sanctimonious and frankly a bit to harsh.

Let's remember, millions died because of Nazis... 19.Apr.2005 20:51

Pravda or Consequences

I recommend studying Dietrich Bonhoeffer who died for his religion. Even at 14, we know the difference between right and wrong.

But if we can stomach GW, we can live with anything.

Plus 19.Apr.2005 21:55

Den Mark

Plus, since when is being an actual dues-paying member of the nazi party the issue here. Nazi is as nazi does, for crying out loud. We're gonna get into whether or not ratzinger is carrying a friggen membership card? The jerks in the red costumes could have chosen the Brazilian guy or the Honduran guy, but they did NOT! That is the point. They chose the rat who's been orchestrating this succession for years & years, a guy who's so far to the right that he's in another dimension altogether.

Orchestration of global fascism 19.Apr.2005 22:20

Imagineallthepeoplelivinglifeinpeace

I knew it would be Rat. They knew it would be Rat before the conclave. He had the prominent media role during the funeral. No surprise that they so quickly voted him in.

I am trans and this is very bad news for my LBGTI communities. Rat is very anti-queer and anti-equal marriage. He obviously learned hatred of homosexuals from the nazis. I am amazed at the brazeness of the church to elevate to the papacy someone who was a nazi youth and part of the nazi army. That is heavy baggage, any way you look at it. You would have thought the church would have avoided that controversy. But then, we're all supposed to look the other way these days as global fascism is orchestrated from the U.S. to the Middle East to the Vatican and many places in between.

If this man were a great spiritual leader in the tradition of the church's notion of sainthood, yes, he would have had the moral courage and fortitude in his teens to refuse to serve the nazis and aid their evil mass killing. That he did not do so indicates his internalization of fascism. After all, Joan of Arc - Saint Joan - was burned at the stake in her teens (age 16) for following the voices of god she heard leading her to struggle for her peasant people against oppressors, all while crossdressing as a man and calling herself Jean d'Arc (a masculine name), I might add.

This new pope will never be a saint. Could he be the devil in disguise?

The crummy catholic empire 20.Apr.2005 01:05

mr pool

Given the tenor of the times in 30's germany, I'd cut a kid some slack for joining up with the nazi youth, even considering bonhoffer. After awhile though, you should be able to start figuring things out. The catholic establishment is so warped from the ground up, anyone associated with it would for many, many people, be naturally suspect. If it weren't for the fact that the catholic church has so much influence over so many people's everyday lives, the world would just laugh its weird charades off, and tell it to take a hike. Pope Rat. I just can't get over that name.

New Pope Intervened in U.S. Elections in Bush's Favor 20.Apr.2005 07:18

Imagineallthepeoplelivinglifeinpeace

Check out this article from TruthOut,
"New Pope Intervened in U.S. Elections in Bush's Favor"

 http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/042005Z.shtml

Pope Rat intervened against Kerry and swayed American Catholic votes (usually Democratic) to Bush in this last election. One more reason, besides being anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-equal marriage, anti-abortion, anti-sexuality, anti-racial diversity in the high levels of the church, anti-end of life decisions, anti-Communist, and anti-Peace movement, that he is dangerous to the world, going forward.

One more dinosaur groaning before the trouble times end and the world turns towards new light.

Hometown Hero 20.Apr.2005 08:31

Eurosquirrel

And be sure to check out RatsoRizzo's hometown of Marktl am Inn, quite a charming hamlet just a leisurely bike ride from Braunau am Inn which is of course the hometown of ... yes, Adolf Hitler (Happy Birthday mein Führer - April 20th).

ratzinger deserted before the war ended 20.Apr.2005 14:59

eyes closed tight

Joseph Alois Ratzinger was born in Marktl am Inn, in Bavaria, the second son and youngest child of Joseph Ratzinger Senior and his wife, Maria, who was employed as a barmaid. The elder Ratzinger was a police officer who served in both the Bavarian State Police (Landespolizei) and the national Order Police (Ordnungspolizei). He retired in 1937, and settled in the town of Traunstein. The Sunday Times of London described him as "an anti-Nazi whose attempts to rein in Hitler?s brown shirts forced the family to move several times." [1] The Pope has two elder siblings: Georg Ratzinger, who also became a priest as well as famous musician, and Maria Ratzinger.

When Ratzinger turned 14 in 1941, he joined the Hitler Youth. National Catholic Reporter correspondent and biographer John Allen writes that Ratzinger was an unenthusiastic member who refused to attend meetings. Ratzinger has mentioned that a Nazi mathematics professor arranged reduced tuition payments for him at seminary. While this normally required documentation of attendance at Hitler Youth activities, according to Ratzinger, his professor arranged that the young seminary student did not need to attend those gatherings to receive a scholarship.

In 1943, when he was 16, Ratzinger was drafted into the German Army. He and many of his classmates were drafted into the Flak or anti-aircraft corps. They were posted first to Ludwigsfeld, north of Munich, as part of a detachment responsible for guarding a BMW aircraft engine plant that used slave labour from Dachau. Next they were sent to Unterföhring, northwest of Munich, and briefly to Innsbruck. From Innsbruck their unit went to Gilching to protect the jet fighter base and to attack Allied bombers as they massed to begin their runs towards Munich. At Gilching, Ratzinger served in telephone communications.

On September 10, 1944 his class was released from the Flak Corps. Returning home, Ratzinger had already received a new draft notice for the Reichsarbeitdienst. He was posted to the Hungarian border area of Austria which had been annexed by Germany in the Anschluss of 1938. Here he was trained in the "cult of the spade" and upon the surrender of Hungary to Russia was put to work setting up anti-tank defences in preparation for the expected Red Army offensive. On November 20, 1944, his unit was released from service.

Ratzinger again returned home. After three weeks passed, he was drafted into the army at Munich and assigned to the infantry barracks in the center of Traunstein, the city near which his family lived. After basic infantry training, his unit was sent to various posts around the city. They were never sent to the front.

In late April or early May, days or weeks before the German surrender, Ratzinger deserted. He left the city of Traunstein and returned to his village on the outskirts. Desertion was widespread during the last weeks of the war, even though in principle punishable by death; executions, frequently extrajudicial, continued to the end.

He was briefly interned in an open air prisoner of war camp near Ulm and was released on June 19, 1945.

Most information about Ratzinger's wartime activities is based on his own memoirs and accounts from his brother, Georg.

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Benedict_XVI

Would you have the balls?? 20.Apr.2005 16:58

revolutionxche

The new Pope was certainly a member of the Hitler Youth and the German Army during Nazi reign. This does nothing to tell the world of his personal convictions on Nazism or Fascism. Membership into both the Hitler Youth and the German Army was cumpulsory during Hitler's reign, meaning he was drafted. Would you have the balls to defy Hitler???