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You're Right, Noah...

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Submitted by LDC (United States), Jul 6, 2006 at 17:00

..., I have made up my mind, but not without considerable study of the historical record, and, regardless of press and post-WWII Vatican pronouncements. Denial of Roman Catholic Church complicity, albeit by inaction more than action, in the rise and horror of the Third Reich is pure revisionist history, sir. It was, in fact, the acquience of the German political party dominated by the RCC that saw it step aside to enable the dominance of the Nazis. And, there are few who deny the Vatican's (and elements of the US's intelligence community) involvement in enabling Nazi personalities to escape arrent in post-war Germany. Given the choice between widespread resistence and passive complicity, the Roman Catholic Church chose to be passive, with only a few noteworthy exceptions. (You might also note what precentage of SS officers were professing Catholics.)

You state, that : "This much is clear: the contemporary Jewish press repeatedly have Pius XII favorable coverage from 1939 to 1958. " That may be true (I'll take your word for it), but I find it irrelevant to the historical record of life-and-death events. Pope Pius XII risked little to save the Jews. Instead he lived well, and he lived safe, while millions burned. That, sir, is an undeniable fact.

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