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Senator Sanders, Ask the Pope to Come Clean !

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Open Letter to Senator Sanders:  Help to Open Up  the Secret  Vatican Archives !

So Bernie Sanders, in the very midst of the crucial primary fight in New York, is taking time off to travel to the Vatican.   He hopes, he says, to see the Pope of Rome.  Whether the Vatican invited him on its own initiative or whether the Senator wrangled the invitation himself is a matter of conflicting reports.

Some weeks ago Sanders could not find the time to address AIPAC, as all the other candidates did.  Nor could he find the time, last year, to attend a joint session of Congress to listen to Netanyahu of Israel.  Well, every man must have his own priorities.

All this aside, here is a great opportunity now for this self-described “democratic socialist” to strike a blow for those democratic values that he professes, viz., in this case, transparency of the historical record.

Scholars are divided over whether the Nazi-era Catholic Church was complicit in the Holocaust.  Many professional scholars suspect a (greater or lesser) Catholic collaboration with the Nazis, while the clerical apologists (of course) deny any such complicity.  So far so good.  The question now, as is explained by the excellent article by Gerald Posner, is whether the Vatican will allow outside scholars to have access to the secret Vatican archives that deal with this period.  True, the Vatican has itself published a certain number of documents, but these were all selected and vetted by the Catholic hierarchy — hardly a confidence-inspiring procedure.

Given the authoritarian governance of the Vatican, Pope Francis can open all these archives by a single stroke of his papal pen.  Sanders has said repeatedly that the is a huge, a very huge fan of this Pope.  So here is my challenge to the Senator.  Make a simple request of your hero:  Holy father, for God’s sake, open up those archives !

SSPX’s Father Franz Schmidberger: Today’s Jews are Guilty of Deicide

Mit dem Kreuzestod Christi ist der Vorhang des Tempels zerrissen, der Alte Bund abgeschafft, wird die Kirche, die alle Völker, Kulturen, Rassen und sozialen Unterschiede umfasst, aus der durchbohrten Seite des Erlösers geboren. Damit sind aber die Juden unserer Tage nicht nur nicht unsere älteren Brüder im Glauben, wie der Papst bei seinem Synagogenbesuch in Rom 1986 behauptete; sie sind vielmehr des Gottesmordes mitschuldig, so lange sie sich nicht durch das Bekenntnis der Gottheit Christi und die Taufe von der Schuld ihrer Vorväter distanzieren. Im Gegensatz dazu behauptet das II. Vatikanum, man könne die Ereignisse des Leidens Christi weder allen damals lebenden Juden ohne Unterschied noch den heutigen Juden zur Last legen (§ 4).

With the death of Jesus on the cross, the old covenant is abolished. The Church now encompasses all peoples, cultures, races, social classes. With that, not only are the Jews of our days not “our elder brethren in faith,” as the Pope maintained in a visit to a Rome synagogue in 1986. They are, rather, guilty of the murder of God, insofar as they do not embrace the divinity of Christ and accept baptism, the only actions that would distance them from the guilt of their forebears. But Vatican II maintains, wrongfully, that the sufferings of Jesus cannot be attributed either to the Jews of His days nor to the Jews of our days (§ 4).

This is an excerpt from a letter sent by Fr. Franz Schmidberger to the Roman Catholic bishops of Germany in October 2008. Fr. Schmidberger is the German head of that very Society of St. Pius X (SSPX — see previous posting) whose members have now been re-admitted to full communion in the Roman Catholic church by Pope Benedict.