Monday, April 12, 2010

Pope Benedict's Big Fat Nazi Movie Premiere

I can see Nazi Germany from my house!

     What does Pope Benedict do to relax amid the turmoil of sexual abuse crisis in which he's implicated, a sexual abuse crisis in which his personal preacher equated the suffering of Jews by Nazis during the holocaust to the media's exposing of the pope's ties to covering up sexual abuse?

     Pope Ben retreats to his summer residence, Castel Gandolfo, surrounds himself with his cardinals, and releases an official bulletin announcing his special screening of a new film about the controversial World War II Pope Pius XII.

     As the Roman Catholic Church continued to battle a sexual abuse crisis, Pope Benedict XVI spent Friday evening watching a movie. And not just any movie: a biopic about wartime Pope Pius XII, one of the most contentious figures to haunt his five-year-old papacy.
     In an official statement released by the Vatican on Saturday, Benedict praised the movie, “Under the Roman Sky,” as “useful and stimulating.” He said it could help younger generations understand a chapter of history they had not witnessed, adding that Pius “knew how to orient the church toward the horizon of the third millennium.”
     The film about Pius was produced by Italy’s RAI state broadcaster and has not yet been released. The audience included cardinals, Italian television executives and journalists, Italian news media reported.
     The Vatican marked the screening with an official bulletin. By contrast, remarks on Friday by the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, on the sexual abuse crisis, were read on Vatican Radio but not released in an official statement.
Image Credits:
Pope Ben's View from Benedetto XVI
Castel Gandolfo from Aftermath News

Nazi Bishops from  The Pope, the Vatican, and the Anti-Christ for Dummies

1 comment:

Mike said...

Dear Sir -- I just found your blog having been shocked to see the photo of Nazi-saluting bishops in James Carroll's documentary "Constantine's Sword" It is the one you re-posted in this entry also.

I have long been disturbed by the haunting hint of slaughter in the name of 'faith,' and also greatly admired the scholars who have applied the eye of history (and reason) to the Roman Catholic history. This for me extends back to the creation of the Bible as a political tool and the re-vision of Catholic creed in the politically expedient and convenient framework of the Gospel of John.

I sit here tonight with tears in my eyes rereading the words of Charlotte Delbo, in "mesure de nos jours' as well as 'aucun de nous ne reviendra.' Auschwitz survivor and her testimony.

Let us not forget these scars on our humanity.