Pope Benedict XVI — Former Hitler Youth
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Papal hopeful is a former Hitler Youth
London Times | April 18, 2005
THE wartime past of a leading German contender to succeed John Paul II may return to haunt him as cardinals begin voting in the Sistine Chapel tomorrow to choose a new leader for 1 billion Catholics.
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, whose strong defence of Catholic orthodoxy has earned him a variety of sobriquets — including “the enforcer”, “the panzer cardinal” and “God’s rottweiler” — is expected to poll around 40 votes in the first ballot as conservatives rally behind him.
Although far short of the requisite two-thirds majority of the 115 votes, this would almost certainly give Ratzinger, 78 yesterday, an early lead in the voting. Liberals have yet to settle on a rival candidate who could come close to his tally.
Unknown to many members of the church, however, Ratzinger’s past includes brief membership of the Hitler Youth movement and wartime service with a German army anti- aircraft unit.
Although there is no suggestion that he was involved in any atrocities, his service may be contrasted by opponents with the attitude of John Paul II, who took part in anti-Nazi theatre performances in his native Poland and in 1986 became the first pope to visit Rome’s synagogue.
“John Paul was hugely appreciated for what he did for and with the Jewish people,” said Lord Janner, head of the Holocaust Education Trust, who is due to attend ceremonies today to mark the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
“If they were to appoint someone who was on the other side in the war, he would start at a disadvantage, although it wouldn’t mean in the long run he wouldn’t be equally understanding of the concerns of the Jewish world.”
The son of a rural Bavarian police officer, Ratzinger was six when Hitler came to power in 1933. His father, also called Joseph, was an anti-Nazi whose attempts to rein in Hitler’s Brown Shirts forced the family to move home several times.
In 1937 Ratzinger’s father retired and the family moved to Traunstein, a staunchly Catholic town in Bavaria close to the Führer’s mountain retreat in Berchtesgaden. He joined the Hitler Youth aged 14, shortly after membership was made compulsory in 1941.
He quickly won a dispensation on account of his training at a seminary. “Ratzinger was only briefly a member of the Hitler Youth and not an enthusiastic one,” concluded John Allen, his biographer.
Two years later Ratzinger was enrolled in an anti-aircraft unit that protected a BMW factory making aircraft engines. The workforce included slaves from Dachau concentration camp.
Ratzinger has insisted he never took part in combat or fired a shot — adding that his gun was not even loaded — because of a badly infected finger. He was sent to Hungary, where he set up tank traps and saw Jews being herded to death camps. He deserted in April 1944 and spent a few weeks in a prisoner of war camp.
He has since said that although he was opposed to the Nazi regime, any open resistance would have been futile — comments echoed this weekend by his elder brother Georg, a retired priest ordained along with the cardinal in 1951.
“Resistance was truly impossible,” Georg Ratzinger said. “Before we were conscripted, one of our teachers said we should fight and become heroic Nazis and another told us not to worry as only one soldier in a thousand was killed. But neither of us ever used a rifle against the enemy.”
Some locals in Traunstein, like Elizabeth Lohner, 84, whose brother-in-law was sent to Dachau as a conscientious objector, dismiss such suggestions. “It was possible to resist, and those people set an example for others,” she said. “The Ratzingers were young and had made a different choice.”
Germany's Cardinal Ratzinger Elected Pope
Associated Press | April 19, 2005
By WILLIAM J. KOLE
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, the church's leading hard-liner, was elected the new pope Tuesday evening in the first conclave of the new millennium. He chose the name Pope Benedict XVI and called himself "a simple, humble worker."
Ratzinger, the first German pope since the 11th century, emerged onto the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, where he waved to a wildly cheering crowd of tens of thousands and gave his first blessing as pope. Other cardinals clad in their crimson robes came out on other balconies to watch him.
"Dear brothers and sisters, after the great Pope John Paul II, the cardinals have elected me a simple, humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord," he said after being introduced by Chilean Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estivez.
"The fact that the Lord can work and act even with insufficient means consoles me, and above all I entrust myself to your prayers," the new pope said. "I entrust myself to your prayers."
The crowd responded by chanting "Benedict! Benedict!"
If the new pope was paying tribute to the last pontiff of that name, it could be interpreted as a bid to soften his image as the Vatican's doctrinal hard-liner. Benedict XV, who reigned from 1914 to 1922, was a moderate following Pius X, who had implemented a sharp crackdown against doctrinal "modernism."
On Monday, Ratzinger, who was the powerful dean of the College of Cardinals, used his homily at the Mass dedicated to electing the next pope to warn the faithful about tendencies that he considered dangers to the faith: sects, ideologies like Marxism, liberalism, atheism, agnosticism and relativism the ideology that there are no absolute truths.
"Having a clear faith, based on the creed of the church, is often labeled today as a fundamentalism," he said, speaking in Italian. "Whereas relativism, which is letting oneself be tossed and 'swept along by every wind of teaching,' looks like the only attitude acceptable to today's standards.
Ratzinger served John Paul II since 1981 as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. In that position, he has disciplined church dissidents and upheld church policy against attempts by liberals for reforms. He turned 78 on Saturday.
The new pope had gone into the conclave with the most buzz among two dozen leading candidates. He had impressed many faithful with his stirring homily at the funeral of John Paul II, who died April 2 at age 84.
Ratzinger is the first Germanic pope since monarchs imposed four men from that region in a row in the 11th century.
Hitler's "Christianity" was the Great Mother of Harlots, CATHOLICISM, NOT the Christianity taught in the King James Bible. The Bible teaches that we are all sinners deserving of hell (Romans 3:10,23; 6:23), but Jesus Christ died upon the cross to pay for our sins (Romans 5:8; John 3:16). We can be saved simply be trusting Jesus Christ as our Saviour, asking Him to forgive us of our sins and take us to heaven when we die (Romans 10:9-13, John 7:40; 10:1,9; 14:6).
On the contrary, the damnable Catholic religion teaches HERESY. According to Vatican II (Catholic doctrine), only through the Catholic religion can anyone be saved, and they MUST be baptized and partake of the seven sacraments of the Catholic church. These are LIES OF THE DEVIL. Jesus warned the heretics in His day of the same evil deceit...
"He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition." -Mark 7:6-9
- The Catholic religion is NOT a true church, but a house of DECEIT, full of manmade traditions and doctrines of devils (1st Timothy 4:1-3). Please do not be deceived friend, Jesus Christ has nothing to do with Catholicism! Catholicism is of the devil, straight from the pits of hell. There is NOTHING "Christian" about the Roman Catholic Church. The Word of God teaches something that you'll NEVER hear the Pope say (but it's in the Bible)...Ye Must Be Born Again!
Again, please keep in mind as you read the following that the "Christianity" of the Nazis was NOT the Christianity of the Bible. We hear George W. Bush at times claiming to be a "Christian," he certainly is NOT.
On April 20, 1939, Archbishop Orsenigo celebrated Hitler's birthday. The celebrations, initiated by Pacelli (Pope Pius XII) became a tradition. Each April 20, Cardinal Bertram of Berlin was to send "warmest congratulations to the Fuhrer in the name of the bishops and the dioceses in Germany" and added with "fervent prayers which the Catholics of Germany are sending to heaven on their altars."
(Source: Hitler's Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII, by John Cornwell)
|The Führer in Franken
Adolf Hitler (center) at the monument for the war dead in the small town of Franken. According to Ray Cowdery, Hitler rarely missed an opportunity to visit war memorials, even when a photographer was not present.
(Source: Hitler: The Hoffmann Photographs, Vol. 1, Ray Cowdery, Ed., 1990)
Hitler greets Müller the "Bishop of the Reich" and Abbot Schachleitner
Hitler Greets a Catholic Cardinal (Source: USHMM)
Catholic Bishops giving the Nazi salute in honor of Hitler
The two photos below show the Catholicism of Nazis. They were published by Nazis during Hitler's reign:
Mementoes of German solders before the Catholic cross and Hitler's Brown Army attending church service
The first photo comes from:
- Die Jugend Des Fuhrers Adolf Hitler: Bildbuch uber die grossdeutsche Jugend, 1942
- (The youth of the Fuhrers Adolf Hilter: Picture book for German youth)
The second comes from:
- Das Braune Heer: mit einem geleitwort von Adolf Hitler
- (The Brown Army: with a foreword by Adolf Hitler)
- (Source: Photoarchive of the Thrid Reich: http://stolz.by.ru/)
(Source: Photoarchive of the Thrid Reich: http://stolz.by.ru/)
One must not forget that Germany represented the most Catholic country in the world in the 1930s and 40s. Nazi Catholic soldiers died as Protestants and Catholics and their grave markers testified to their religion.
- Mass meeting of the German Christian Movement
- 13 Nov.1933
A radical wing of German Lutheranism and the main Protestant branch supporting Nazi ideology, the German Christian Movement reconciled Christian doctrine with German nationalism and antisemitism.
(Source: Museum of Tolerance)
Investiture of Reich Church Bishop, 1933
Women in traditional dresses joined Nazis at the investiture of Ludwig Müller as Reich Church Bishop. Müller praised the concept of "one mighty, all-embracing German people's church."
(Source: Museum of Tolerance)
|Hitler leaving Church
Hitler leaves the Marine Church in Wilhelmshaven.
(Source: The German Propaganda Archive )
|Hitler at Nazi party rally
||Church & State
|Ludwig Müller, a Nazi
sympathizer, was elected to the position of Reich Bishop in 1933 as Hitler
attempted to unite regional Protestant churches under Nazi control. Hitler
did not practice separation of Church & State.
Berlin, Germany, November 17, 1933.
Hitler's mother's grave
Klara Hitler was a pious Catholic mother who raised Hitler according to her beliefs.
Hitler felt grief-stricken over his mother's death. She was buried alongside her husband in Linz, Austria. German soldiers here pay their respects to the grave in 1938.
Note the Catholic cross on her monument.
(Source: The Importance of Adolf Hitler, by Eleanor H. Ayer, Lucent Books, 1996, p. 25)
|A Cardinal marches with the
Cardinal Michael Faulhaber marches between rows of SA men at a Nazi rally in Munich.
|Priests giving the Hitler
Priests giving the Hitler salute at a Catholic youth rally in the Berlin-Neukolln stadium in August 1933.
(Source: A Moral Reckoning: The Role of the Catholic Church in the Holocaust and Its Unfulfilled Duty of Repair by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen)
Christen (German Christians)
(Photo sources: unknown)
|Gott Mit Uns (God With Us)
EM German Army belt buckle (Stamped steel, 1937 pattern, made by "R S & S" for Richard Sieper & Sohne Ludenscheid). Photo from the German Militaria Catalog.
Also see "Guarding the Fuhrer: Sepp Dietrich, Johann Rattenhuber and the Protection of Adolf Hitler," Blaine Tayler, 1993, p. 165
|Mother's Cross (Mutterkreuz)
Hitler encouraged several programs for the growth of a strong German Nazi Volk. These programs involved the encouragement of the virtues of German motherhood for the purpose of increasing the size of their families and the abolition of abortions (except for the mentally ill). In 1938, Hitler instituted a new award to honor German Nazi motherhood, especially for large families. He awarded such mothers the cross of Honor of the German Mother (Ehrenkreuz der deutschen Mutter).
Although the German Iron cross usually appears symmetrical this particular cross, by lengthening the vertical member, emphasizes Christianity.
5 Mark, Potsdam Garrison Church
(Source: WW2 Online Catalog)
|Nazi Chaplin's Visor Hat
(Source: Auction web site)
|So spoke Jesus Christ
A front page of the Nazi publication, Der Stuermer.
The headline reads, "Declaration of the Higher Clergy/So spoke Jesus Christ: You hypocrites who do not see the beam in your own eyes. (See Matthew 7:3-5)
The cartoon depicts a group of
Hitler Youth marching forth to drive the forces of evil from the land. The
caption under the cartoon reads, "We youth step happily forward facing the
sun... With our faith we drive the devil from the land."
|When you see a cross
Page from the anti-Semitic German children's book, "Der Giftpilz" (The Poisonous Mushroom)
The text reads, "When you see a cross, then think of the horrible murder by the Jews on Golgotha..."
(see 1 Thessalonians 2:14-15,
"...the Jews: Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and
have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men"
The Following is from chapter 2 of the eye-opening book, "Smokescreens" by Jack T. Chick...
You may say, "Well, that was a long time ago. It's not like that anymore." But has the Vatican really changed? Let's look at her actions during World War II. Many of you have not read our Crusaders book, THE GODFATHERS, or the book, THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE JESUITS, and, therefore, you don't really know what happened behind the scenes during World War II. So let me give you a brief picture of the conditions.
The Jesuits had secretly prepared World War II, and Hitler's war machine was built and financed by the Vatican to conquer the world for Roman Catholicism, Hitler, Mussolini, and Franco were to be the defenders of the faith. They were set up to win and conquer the world, and set up a millennium for the pope. Behind the scenes, the Jesuits controlled the Gestapo. All this is fully documented in THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE JESUITS, published by Chick Publications.
Read what the press of the Spanish dictator, Franco, published on the 3rd of May, 1945, the day of Hitler's death. It said, "Adolf Hitler, son of the Catholic Church, died while defending Christianity." It goes on to say, "Over his mortal remains stands his victorious moral figure. With the palm of the martyr, God gives Hitler the laurels of Victory."
Hitler himself stated, "I learned much from the Order of the Jesuits. Until now, there has never been anything more grandiose, on the earth, than the hierarchical organization of the Catholic church. I transferred much of this organization into my own party."
Walter Schellenberg, former chief of Nazi counter-espionage made this statement: "The S.S. organization had been constituted by Himmler according to the principles of the Jesuit Order. Their regulations and the Spiritual Exercises prescribed by Ignatius of Loyola were the model Himmler tried to copy exactly. Himmler's title as supreme chief of the S.S. was to be the equivalent of the Jesuits' 'General' and the whole structure was a close imitation of the Catholic Church's hierarchical order."
Franz von Papen, another powerful Nazi, who was instrumental in setting up the concordat between Germany and the Vatican had this to say: "The Third Reich is the first world power which not only acknowledges but also puts into practice the high principles of the papacy." If you are not aware of what a concordat is, a concordat is an agreement between the Vatican and a government. As far as the Vatican is concerned, that government that signed the concordat has now become a part of the government of God, and the Vatican fully intends to stabilize that government, give it divine protection, and give it international protection.
Like Italy, Germany signed a concordat with the Vatican in Rome, 1933.
The Godfathers, by Chick Publications, pg. 20
Signing the concordat is Cardinal Pacelli (later to become Pope Pius XII). By 1933 he was the Vatican Secretary of State. Second from left is Franz von Papen, a sinister Nazi and devout Roman Catholic who was Hitler's ace diplomat and the Vatican's agent in helping to bring Hitler to power. Standing at the far right can be seen the little-known Vatican prelate, Montini, later to become Pope Paul VI.
"The Nazi Persecution of the Churches" by J.S. Conway, Pgs. 25, 26 & 162.
Hitler with Reich Bishop Muller and Abbot Schachleiter, surrounded by party bosses; September 1934.
ADOLPH HITLER SAID:
"I am personally convinced of the great power and deep significance of Christianity, and I won't allow any other religion to be promoted. That is why I have turned away from Ludendorff and that is why I reject that book by Rosenberg. It was written by a Protestant. It is not a Party book. It was not written by him as a Party man. The Protestants can be left to argue with him ... As a Catholic I never feel comfortable in the Evangelical Church or its structures. That is why I will have great difficulty if I try to regulate affairs of the Protestant churches. The evangelical people or the Protestants will in any case reject me. But you can be sure: I will protect the rights and freedoms of the churches and not let them be touched, so that you need have no fears about the future of the Church."
Hitler was also ready to discuss with the Bishop his views on the Jewish question: "As for the Jews, I am just carrying on with the same policy which the Catholic church has adopted for fifteen hundred years, when it has regarded the Jews as dangerous and pushed them into ghettos etc., because it knew what the Jews were like. I don't put race above religion, but I do see the danger in the representatives of this race for Church and State, and perhaps I am doing Christianity a great service."
"The Nazi Persecution of the Churches" by J.S. Conway, Pgs. 25, 26 & 162.
The three big defenders of the Roman Catholic faith were Hitler, Mussolini, and Franco. All three had concordats with the Vatican. When the Nazi war machine swept through the Balkans on the way to attack Russia, Yugoslavia had become a Nazi occupied country.
Bison Picture Library & Our Sunday Visitor, March 29, 1981
The pope despised the Russian Orthodox members. They were called Serbians and they were marked for death in Yugoslavia. They were given one choice: to convert to Catholicism, or die.
Why were they killed? Why did the pope have such a vendetta against the Russian Orthodox? As we said in our Crusaders book, THE GODFATHERS, the communist party was created by the Vatican to destroy one of her greatest enemies, the Russian Orthodox church. The communists had double-crossed the pope and refused to destroy the Russian Orthodox church members and at last, Pope Pius XII had created a machine to do what the communists had failed to do - butcher every Orthodox church member and their clergy. Let's see how this was accomplished.
Stane Kukavica, a Franciscan monk, also seen in the uniform of the Ustashi.
The Catholic priests changed their robes for the uniforms of the dreaded Ustachi killer squads, and led the most barbaric, brutal raids upon those people and practiced satanic torture never before known in this century. We are not talking 800 years ago. We are talking 1940. I was in high school then.
Continue Chapter 3
The Fighting Nun is really The Fighting Nut! Margherita Marchione has been a nun her entire life. She became known as the "fighting nun" for her aggressiveness. She has written forty books defending Catholicism. One of her recent books was written in defense of wicked Pope Pious XII. There is no way that anyone can tell enough lies and twist enough truth to defend the Catholic Church or Pope Pious XII. The Vatican was heavily involved with carrying out the holocaust. The photos don't lie. The statements by Hitler and Vatican Officials don't lie. History cannot be erased. The Catholic Church is hiding the truth.
New Pope had brief stint in the Hitler Youth Movement
Catholicism is of the Devil!