That something is terribly wrong with the ethics of the Vatican is yet again coming to global attention with the latest wave of revelations of priestly pedophilia and higher-level cover ups that some contend goes all the way to the Pope. But this sort of episodic spike in concern represents a chronic practical failure to appreciate the greater scale of the problem that is allowing the church to get away with claiming that despite the occasional human flaw is a moral beacon to the world. The grave failings of the Roman Church are not isolated to a few items or times. It is a many faceted, systemic set of issues that go back to the male dominated autocracy as a state power, first by the Roman emperor Constantine, and more recently by the fascistic dictator Mussolini. A classic example of the repeated moral incompetence of the church is how it made the critical contribution to making Hitler the dictator of Germany, and instead of rebuking the cleric who made a leading contribution to the uber mistake, wants to reward him with the highest honor the church can bestow.
The Vatican continues its program to elevate Pious XII whose reign began in 1939 to sainthood. Catholic apologists for Eugenio Pacelli claim that "there is overwhelming evidence which proves beyond doubt that he labored without pause for peace, that he sought to assist in every way possible the victims of war, especially Jews, hundreds of thousands of whom were spared in every way possible the victims of war, especially Jews, hundreds of thousands of whom where spared through his efforts, and that he constantly warned the world of the horrors of Nazism" (http://www.piusxiipope.info). This over the top, hyperbolic claim of deity level perfection beyond any human level shows that those who say are far detached from objective reality. They are instead far down the path of base propaganda carefully crafted to avoid revealing the many reasons sainthood for this incredibly flawed man is such a bad proposition that it constitutes a big lie. The truth is that overwhelming evidence shows that in 1933 Pacelli could have without great difficulty have taken common-sense steps that would have prevented the Holocaust from happening, and that the amoral knave instead made critical contributions to giving Hitler the power he would use to slaughter millions. Pacelli's later actions were a mixed moral bag that did not come close the cleaning up the disaster he helped bring upon the world. You could have done a better job than he did. Seriously.
I know why the sainthood project is ill advised because some years ago I got fed up with there not being a well presented explanation of what Hitler and EuroChristianity was really up to back then opinion ranges from Adolf being a devoted Catholic who happily schemed with Pious XII to wipe out millions of Jews, to the Nazis being atheists who hated the Christian churches for valiantly opposing their evil schemes. I published the inevitably historically and morally complex results in a two part article (http://www.secularism.org/index.php?section=library&page=paul_23_4; http://www.secularism.org/index.php?section=library&page=paul_24_1). It is not at all hard to come up with and present the openly available information that damns Pacelli. Those who want to confer honors upon him should be ashamed of themselves. That includes Pope Benedict.
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