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Pope Emphasises His 'Solidarity With Jews' After Provoking Outrage
Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | January 29, 2009

Posted on 01/28/2009 7:54:14 PM PST by Steelfish

Pope emphasises his 'solidarity with Jews' after provoking outrage by readmitting bishop who denies Holocaust

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER 29th January 2009

Pope Benedict has expressed his 'full and unquestionable solidarity' with Jews, after outraging many by rehabilitating a bishop who denies the Holocaust.

Speaking at his Wednesday audience, the German-born pope tried to heal the rift with Jews by saying the attempt to exterminate them in the Holocaust should remain a warning to all humanity.

Recalling his visit to the Auschwitz death camp in 2006, Benedict condemned the 'pitiless killing of millions of Jews, innocent victims of blind racial and religious hatred'.

Pope Benedict XVI acknowledges the faithful during his weekly general audience at the Vatican, where he warned against any denials of the Holocaust British-born Richard Williamson, one of four traditionalist Catholic bishops whose excommunications were lifted on Saturday, has made statements denying the full extent of the Holocaust of European Jews, as accepted by mainstream historians.

Williamson told Swedish television in an interview broadcast a week ago: 'I believe there were no gas chambers' and that no more than 300,000 Jews perished in Nazi concentration camps, rather than 6 million. His interview, taped in November, caused uproar among Jewish leaders and progressive Catholics, many of whom said it threatened 50 years of Christian-Jewish dialogue.

The pope said: 'While I renew with affection the expression of my full and unquestionable solidarity with our (Jewish) brothers, I hope the memory of the Shoah will induce humanity to reflect on the unpredictable power of hate when it conquers the heart of man.' Shoah is the Hebrew word for the Holocaust.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: judeochristian; rabbis; vatican

1 posted on 01/28/2009 7:54:14 PM PST by Steelfish
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Jews need to get a clue. The Pope is the only one who spoke up about the Islam threat in Europe. I have Jewish friends who left Europe a few years ago and they said it is finished for the Jews there. The Jews fight the wrong battles and 78% of them voted for an Islamist.

Israelis 3 to 1 wanted Juan McCain to win.


2 posted on 01/28/2009 7:57:48 PM PST by Frantzie
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To: Frantzie
I'm afraid those who see anti-Semitism in this are simply grossly mistaken.

This has everything to do with a long-running rupture by a group of Catholics, who the Pope has begun to allow back into full communion, and absolutely nothing to do with the views of that one bishop.

If any Jews will not take the effort to sort out the one from the other, I just don't see any way to appease their mistaken, unfair attack.
3 posted on 01/28/2009 8:04:14 PM PST by jobim
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To: Frantzie

Agree. What were the Jews in Florida thinking in voting for B. Hussein O? Either their innate liberal tendencies overrun fidelity to the Jewish state or they were Obamots


4 posted on 01/28/2009 8:12:33 PM PST by Steelfish (Our Winning Video)
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To: Frantzie

i think the Jews have a clue. Pope Benedict is an old time self-denying Nazi sympathsizer He was in the Jugend but quit


5 posted on 01/28/2009 8:22:21 PM PST by MissDairyGoodnessVT (Scooters work good in Vermont snow)
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“Pope Benedict is an old time self-denying Nazi sympathsizer?”

You’re dumber than dirt.


6 posted on 01/28/2009 8:29:22 PM PST by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: kellynla

Ratzinger was in the “HR”- Hitler Jugend. I’m not smearing him i’m stating a fact.It’s a well known in more than many Roman Catholic circles.


7 posted on 01/28/2009 8:33:27 PM PST by MissDairyGoodnessVT (Scooters work good in Vermont snow)
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To: MissDairyGoodnessVT
“Ratzinger was in the “HR”- Hitler Jugend.”

as was practically every child in Germany at the time...

if your brains were dynamite, you couldn't blow your nose

and saying that “Pope Benedict is an old time self-denying Nazi sympathsizer?” is a smear;(btw, you might learn how to spell sympathizer. LOL)
... and if you are any kind of “catholic” as you claim on your homepage, newbie I suggest you find a priest tomorrow and make a good confession.

now quit bothering me with your inane posts, newbie

8 posted on 01/28/2009 8:50:17 PM PST by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: MissDairyGoodnessVT
Ratzinger was in the “HR”- Hitler Jugend. I’m not smearing him i’m stating a fact.It’s a well known in more than many Roman Catholic circles.

He, like his brother, and ALL young people in Germany at the time, had no choice in the matter. He left the group as soon as he had the chance. You can continue to spread the calumny that he's anti-Semitic, but don't expect people to believe you.

9 posted on 01/28/2009 10:01:55 PM PST by SuziQ
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