Monday, May 29, 2006

Genocide, Never Again

"Son of Germany"--the Pope visits concentration camps in Auschwitz and Birkenau. Rain and dark clouds part as he prays over the monument markers of those who were killed there to give way to the sun and a magnificent rainbow while Psalm 22 was being chanted, very moving.

Pope's opening remarks:

To speak in this place of horror, in this place where unprecedented mass crimes were committed against God and man, is almost impossible - and it is particularly difficult and troubling for a Christian, for a Pope from Germany. In a place like this, words fail; in the end, there can only be a dread silence - a silence which is itself a heartfelt cry to God: Why, Lord, did you remain silent? How could you tolerate all this? In silence, then, we bow our heads before the endless line of those who suffered and were put to death here; yet our silence becomes in turn a plea for forgiveness and reconciliation, a plea to the living God never to let this happen again.

2 comments:

  1. One must marvel at the providential timing of the True Rainbow Bridge that is represented in the person and mission of our present Holy Father.

    In what might well be called the ground zero for the "Culture of Death," a bleak, shrouded Auschwitz is suddenly bathed in light and ringed with a tell-tale reminder of God's everlasting convent with man.

    As the Vicar of Christ, fulfilling the Petrine office of the One Mediator between God and Man, Benedict's Ascension trip appears as the next logical step of an "Opus de Spiritus Sanctus" with the stated goal:

    "...the firm purpose that I made at the beginning of my pontificate, to consider a priority in my ministry the restoration of full visible unity among Christians."

    This pilgrimage to JPII's Poland might be viewed as the insertion of the "keystone" in a ponte de l'arc du triomphe for Our Lady of Victory, the Ark of the Covenant.

    Benedict, the German engineer, is about a work, a patient, well-planned massive construction project for a universal bridge that flows from the Light of Truth back to the Love of God, while upholding the faith and tradition of Holy Mother Church. His mission is to courageously span the Troubled Waters of our Times, the "dictatorship of relativism" and unite the Truth, wherever it is found through, with, and in, the Eucharistic Christ.

    We should all be so enlightened and so energetic in desiring to bridge this gap across the “valley of the shadow of death.”

    ...bet you won't see this on the Nightly News.

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  2. Sorry for posting a comment here, but I would really like to know (i.e. this is a genuine question) if the catholic church ever *officially* condemned nazism during or after the nazi era.

    I've heard asserted quite a few times that it never did, and did not know what to reply.

    Thanks for any clues on this topic.

    Dany

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