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Backpeddling Bishops

March 12, 2007

German cardinal sorry for ghetto
remarks

By Eli Ashkenazi

The head of the German Bishops Conference conceded that some statements made by members on a recent visit to Israel and the West Bank were “inappropriate.” Cardinal Karl Lehmann responded a few days ago to a letter sent to him by Avner Shalev, chairman of the Yad Vashem Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Authority, protesting a statement made a short time after the group visited Yad Vashem earlier this month, and then traveled to Ramallah. “In the morning we saw the Warsaw Ghetto and now it’s the Ramallah Ghetto,” one of the bishops said.

“In light of the painful reality of the separation fence,” Lehman wrote in his letter to Shalev, “some of the members of the delegation said harsh tings, some of which were not appropriate.” In his letter Lehmann reiterated the heavy responsibility the German people bear due to the Holocaust, and that even those who expressed themselves harshly recognized Israel’s right to defend itself. He said the bishop who made the statement had no intention to compare the past and the present and wrote, “It is impossible to compare current problems with the murder of the Jewish people.”

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/835442.html

Well it’s a relief to see the errors of those uppity German Bishops corrected. They did originally demonstrate a proper understanding of the holy doctrine of “‘Israel’s’ right to exist,” but their comparison of “Jewish” suffering to the suffering of the Palestinians was way beyond the pale! Good Heavens! “Jews” have the Neshama; ie. the “glorious soul” which is a “part of God above.” The Palestinians (and the rest of us non-“Jews,” for that matter) do not have the Neshama. Palestinians only have the Nephesh, or animal soul, which derives from the impure, demonic Kelifa (ie. shells). Therefore, any comparison of Palestinian suffering to that of the “Jews” is an outrageous sacrilege. And perhaps in this context we can understand why Benedict XVI, in his speech at Auschwitz last year stated that the Nazis, “tried to kill God.”

Wouldn’t it be interesting to know exactly how the correction of the German Bishops’ rhetoric came about so quickly. We can safely assume that it was deafening screeching from the ADL, WJC, AJC, EJC, Simon Weisenthal Center, Yad Vashem, and various other Judaic power organizations which initiated the change. But who in Rome made the decision, and how was it handed down? Was it rabbi Walter Cardinal Kasper, president of the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews who handled the matter? And what will the Bishops’ penance be? A pilgrimage to the Holy Site of Auschwitz on their hands and knees? I’ll be watching closely. Time will tell.

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Backpeddling Bishops

March 12, 2007

German cardinal sorry for ghetto
remarks

By Eli Ashkenazi

The head of the German Bishops Conference conceded that some statements made by members on a recent visit to Israel and the West Bank were “inappropriate.” Cardinal Karl Lehmann responded a few days ago to a letter sent to him by Avner Shalev, chairman of the Yad Vashem Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Authority, protesting a statement made a short time after the group visited Yad Vashem earlier this month, and then traveled to Ramallah. “In the morning we saw the Warsaw Ghetto and now it’s the Ramallah Ghetto,” one of the bishops said.

“In light of the painful reality of the separation fence,” Lehman wrote in his letter to Shalev, “some of the members of the delegation said harsh tings, some of which were not appropriate.” In his letter Lehmann reiterated the heavy responsibility the German people bear due to the Holocaust, and that even those who expressed themselves harshly recognized Israel’s right to defend itself. He said the bishop who made the statement had no intention to compare the past and the present and wrote, “It is impossible to compare current problems with the murder of the Jewish people.”

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/835442.html

Well it’s a relief to see the errors of those uppity German Bishops corrected. They did originally demonstrate a proper understanding of the holy doctrine of “‘Israel’s’ right to exist,” but their comparison of “Jewish” suffering to the suffering of the Palestinians was way beyond the pale! Good Heavens! “Jews” have the Neshama; ie. the “glorious soul” which is a “part of God above.” The Palestinians (and the rest of us non-“Jews,” for that matter) do not have the Neshama. Palestinians only have the Nephesh, or animal soul, which derives from the impure, demonic Kelifa (ie. shells). Therefore, any comparison of Palestinian suffering to that of the “Jews” is an outrageous sacrilege. And perhaps in this context we can understand why Benedict XVI, in his speech at Auschwitz last year stated that the Nazis, “tried to kill God.”

Wouldn’t it be interesting to know exactly how the correction of the German Bishops’ rhetoric came about so quickly. We can safely assume that it was deafening screeching from the ADL, WJC, AJC, EJC, Simon Weisenthal Center, Yad Vashem, and various other Judaic power organizations which initiated the change. But who in Rome made the decision, and how was it handed down? Was it rabbi Walter Cardinal Kasper, president of the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews who handled the matter? And what will the Bishops’ penance be? A pilgrimage to the Holy Site of Auschwitz on their hands and knees? I’ll be watching closely. Time will tell.

Bishops Operate Zionist Safety Valve

March 7, 2007

EDITOR’S NOTE: Already “truth seekers” have seized upon this article as evidence that Rome represents some kind of opposition to Zionism. This is laughable. The German Bishops are only briefly opening the safety valve and releasing some of the pressure which has built up in Europe due to ever increasing awareness of, and anger with Zionist warmongering and brutality.

What criticism do the Bishops level here that wasn’t true decades before the Vatican acknowledged and opened relations with “Israel”? Compare this with the position of Pope St. Pius X who refused to acknowledge the Zionist movement before “Israel’s” atrocities even began. Pope St. Pius X’s rejection of Zionism was theological. He said that he could not state otherwise than to reject Zionism. This needs to be understood.

Note that in the midst of all the “harsh criticism” by the German Bishops one of the fundamental tenets of Zionist propaganda is upheld: “‘Israel’s’ right to exist.” But Pope St. Pius X stated that Catholics could never sanction the Zionist movement. Which is the true Catholic position?

These German Bishops are no opposition to Zionism and their criticisms won’t make a bit of difference. Catholics need to begin to understand that the notion that the anti-Biblical, warmongering, racial supremacist little state that calls itself “Israel” “has a right to exist” on someone else’s land is absolutely contrary to Catholicism.

Bishops equate Israel’s actions to Holocaust

Hours after historic visit to Jerusalem holocaust museum, group of German bishops tour Palestinian Authority, say Israel behaving like Nazis

Eldad Beck Published: 03.06.07, 10:24 / Israel News

BERLIN – “This morning we saw pictures of the Warsaw ghetto at Yad Vashem and this evening we are going to the Ramallah ghetto.” Several hours earlier on Sunday you probably would not have heard German Bishop Gregor Maria Franz Hanke choose such a divisive analogy.

But then on Sunday morning he was still in Israel and the rhetoric was considerably different than the one elected by the German Bishops’ Conference once they crossed over in to the Palestinian Authority on Sunday evening.
The visit of 27 members of the German Bishops’ Conference to Israel included a historic first-time visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem as well as guided tours of sites holy to Christianity and meetings with Christian congregations in Israel and in the Palestinian Authority.

During their time in Israel the bishops uniformly made moderate and balanced statements, but once in the PA they provided German reporters accompanying them with a plethora of harsh proclamations against Israel. Their criticism received widespread coverage in the German media on Monday.

While crossing one of the checkpoints into East Jerusalem the Archbishop of Cologne, Cardinal Joachim Meisner, told reporters: “This is something that is done to animals, not people.” Meisner, a resident of eastern Germany, said that the fence reminded him of the Berlin Wall and that in his lifetime he did not believe he would see such a thing again. As the Berlin Wall was brought down so will this wall be brought down, he said, adding that the fence served no purpose.

The delegation’s visit to Ramallah took place several hours after their visit to Yad Vashem and several of the bishops chose to equate the situation in the Palestinian Authority with the Holocaust.

“Cages in the image of ghettos,” said the Bishop of Augsburg of the territories. Augsburg was once under the spiritual leadership of Pope Benedict XVI, who was Archbishop of the Munich-Freising Archdiocese and his brother Monsignor Georg Ratzinger still resides there.

“Israel has, of course, the right to exist, but this right cannot be realized in such a brutal manner,” said Bishop Hanke, who later stated that he intends to amend this year’s Easter message to German churches so as to include the delegation’s political impressions from their visit to the territories and a demand to change the situation.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3373013,00.html

Bishops Operate Zionist Safety Valve

March 7, 2007

EDITOR’S NOTE: Already “truth seekers” have seized upon this article as evidence that Rome represents some kind of opposition to Zionism. This is laughable. The German Bishops are only briefly opening the safety valve and releasing some of the pressure which has built up in Europe due to ever increasing awareness of, and anger with Zionist warmongering and brutality.

What criticism do the Bishops level here that wasn’t true decades before the Vatican acknowledged and opened relations with “Israel”? Compare this with the position of Pope St. Pius X who refused to acknowledge the Zionist movement before “Israel’s” atrocities even began. Pope St. Pius X’s rejection of Zionism was theological. He said that he could not state otherwise than to reject Zionism. This needs to be understood.

Note that in the midst of all the “harsh criticism” by the German Bishops one of the fundamental tenets of Zionist propaganda is upheld: “‘Israel’s’ right to exist.” But Pope St. Pius X stated that Catholics could never sanction the Zionist movement. Which is the true Catholic position?

These German Bishops are no opposition to Zionism and their criticisms won’t make a bit of difference. Catholics need to begin to understand that the notion that the anti-Biblical, warmongering, racial supremacist little state that calls itself “Israel” “has a right to exist” on someone else’s land is absolutely contrary to Catholicism.

Bishops equate Israel’s actions to Holocaust

Hours after historic visit to Jerusalem holocaust museum, group of German bishops tour Palestinian Authority, say Israel behaving like Nazis

Eldad Beck Published: 03.06.07, 10:24 / Israel News

BERLIN – “This morning we saw pictures of the Warsaw ghetto at Yad Vashem and this evening we are going to the Ramallah ghetto.” Several hours earlier on Sunday you probably would not have heard German Bishop Gregor Maria Franz Hanke choose such a divisive analogy.

But then on Sunday morning he was still in Israel and the rhetoric was considerably different than the one elected by the German Bishops’ Conference once they crossed over in to the Palestinian Authority on Sunday evening.
The visit of 27 members of the German Bishops’ Conference to Israel included a historic first-time visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem as well as guided tours of sites holy to Christianity and meetings with Christian congregations in Israel and in the Palestinian Authority.

During their time in Israel the bishops uniformly made moderate and balanced statements, but once in the PA they provided German reporters accompanying them with a plethora of harsh proclamations against Israel. Their criticism received widespread coverage in the German media on Monday.

While crossing one of the checkpoints into East Jerusalem the Archbishop of Cologne, Cardinal Joachim Meisner, told reporters: “This is something that is done to animals, not people.” Meisner, a resident of eastern Germany, said that the fence reminded him of the Berlin Wall and that in his lifetime he did not believe he would see such a thing again. As the Berlin Wall was brought down so will this wall be brought down, he said, adding that the fence served no purpose.

The delegation’s visit to Ramallah took place several hours after their visit to Yad Vashem and several of the bishops chose to equate the situation in the Palestinian Authority with the Holocaust.

“Cages in the image of ghettos,” said the Bishop of Augsburg of the territories. Augsburg was once under the spiritual leadership of Pope Benedict XVI, who was Archbishop of the Munich-Freising Archdiocese and his brother Monsignor Georg Ratzinger still resides there.

“Israel has, of course, the right to exist, but this right cannot be realized in such a brutal manner,” said Bishop Hanke, who later stated that he intends to amend this year’s Easter message to German churches so as to include the delegation’s political impressions from their visit to the territories and a demand to change the situation.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3373013,00.html