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Archives Show Church Excommunicated Nazis
Foundation Continues Restoring Reputation of Pius XII
NEW YORK, APRIL 16, 2010 (Zenit.org).- An interreligious group trying to discover the facts regarding Pope Pius XII and his efforts to help Jews during World War II has announced the discovery of documents showing how the Church excommunicated Catholics who joined the Nazis.
The New-York based Pave the Way Foundation said that its representative Michael Hesemann found a large series of documents from 1930 to 1933.
The documents indicate that any Catholic who joined the Nazi party, wore the uniform or flew the swastika flag would no longer be able to receive the sacraments.
This policy set three years before Hitler was elected chancellor made clear that the teachings of the Church were incompatible with Nazi ideology.
“The documents clearly show an ideological war between the Catholic Church and National Socialism already in the pre-war decade," Hesemann explained. "The German bishops and the Roman Curia considered the Nazi doctrine not only as incompatible with the Christian faith, but also as hostile to the Church and dangerous to human morals, even more than Communism."
Among the documents is a handwritten letter from a leading member of the Nazis, Hermann Goering, requesting a meeting with Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli (the future Pius XII), which was flatly refused.
There are also documents asking for a removal of the excommunication, which was also denied.
Read more: Zenit
Originally posted by time91
Pope Benny the rat was a member of the hitler youth. So, is the pope excommunicated now? I heard he had confessed to himself and then forgave all his sons, but just to be sure can you confirm this.
[edit on 17-4-2010 by time91]
Here's what I think. Catholics, as a general rule, do not self promote their good deeds, nor are we to participate in gossip (petty or otherwise). True your run of the mill cafeteria Catholics may not follow this (at least the gossip part) but the Vatican does, as they should. But here is the problem, when "practicing what they preach" this petty gossip runs a muck throughout various religious circles, and if you hear something enough one may just believe it.