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Breaking: Pope Benedict XVI to Step Down

Benedict will be the first pope in over six centuries to voluntarily resign

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Pope Benedict XVI(AFP)

Citing advancing age and diminished energy, Pope Benedict XVI will reportedly become the first pope in six hundred years to voluntarily resign from the post.

The 85-year-old pontiff announced that he would step down at the end of the month after less than eight years as top dog in the Vatican.

Reuters quoted the Pope as saying he was “fully aware of the gravity” of his resignation.

The former Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger drew some criticism in the Jewish community for moving Pope Pius XII–known by some ’round these parts as the Holocaust Pope–closer to sainthood despite Pius’ widely perceived inaction during World War II and the Holocaust. In 2009, Benedict also controversially lifted the excommunication of four bishops, one of whom is a Holocaust denier.

Despite this, Israel’s Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger had warm words and strong praise for Benedict XVI.

“During his period (as pope) there were the best relations ever between the church and the chief rabbinate and we hope that this trend will continue,” a spokesman quoted Metzger as saying after the pope announced he would resign. “I think he deserves a lot of credit for advancing inter-religious links the world over between Judaism, Christianity and Islam.”

We’ll have more as the story develops.

Earlier: Uproar Over Holocaust Pope’s Road to Sainthood
Pope Benedict XVI Reportedly Resigning This Month [CBS]

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Fantastic early coverage. Adam should be posted in St. Peter’s to watch for the white smoke.

SherwoodRobin says:

Should we care. This Pope was in the Hitler youth, he was always careful to pick his words so as not to reveal the hidden role the Vatican played in assisting Hitler during WW2. Did he ever send the Israeli Government an honest open message stating “We are prepared to open our files to you and allow you to take copies. Copy whatever you want with our blessings. Above the gates of Auschwitz should be a cross – to remind people that it was an Hitlerite / Catholic Church joint-undertaking, and eveything that went on there and throughout Poland was known to the Vactican within days of it happening. Show me one Jewish family who was saved by a Pope, Cardinal or Bishop, they even killed the Jews of Rome without protest from them so what chance did a German or Polish Jew have?

SherwoodRobin says:

During WW2, If you escaped from a concentration camp and fled, which a few thousand prisoners managed to do, then the worst thing you could do is go to a Priest seeking help, advice, money or aid. This priest would offer you some coffee and whilst he was
pretending to make it, or have it made for you, he would quietly and without your knowledge phone the local Gestapo whose offices were usually housed in the nearest Police Station. When you left this Priests home or church, you would be arrested taken to a Gestapo Prison, questioned and held for a few days until they had time to take you to a nearby concentration camp, or return you to the camp you had escaped from. If
it was Auschwitz 1, you were taken into reception then taken almost immediately
outside to Barracks 11 about 250 yards away. Recaptured prisoners were stood up against the yard wall normally within 1 hour of arrival and shot. For some unknown reason the Gestapo Officer who had delivered you to the camp was ordered not to leave Auschwitz until he was assured you had been executed. The WW2 reception building still exists and today and it is now the side entrance to the main Auschwitz Museum reception area and cinema. The Gestapo knew Priests were asked for aid frequently and cultivated them to become informers. It’s possible some sort of private deal was done along the lines off ‘You help us. and we’ll help you. No Priests have ever come forward and wrote about ‘how they helped camp escapees evade capture. My own view is these Priests thought the prisoners were convicted criminals and should be returned to prison. Many of these prisoners who had avoided Priests, returned to the ghettos and were recaptured there.It needs to be said the Judenrat Jewish Ghetto Councils knew about the camps and what went on there, yet chose to conceal it.


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