Updated: Jul 28
Recently, a 101-year-old man was convicted in Germany of more than 3500 counts of accessory to murder. However, the instrumental role of the Vatican in Hitlers rise to power is well documented, yet to date, the Vatican has not be charged with accessory to murder.
Perhaps it’s the most globally recognized “Religious War” of the 20th century that was carried about by the Nazi Germany party in corporation with the Vatican Church.
As with the case of the 3 Rich, the Nazi party engaged in crimes against religious minorities including Jews, Gyps and Jehovah’ Witnesses, resulted in the estimated death of some 6 million were both instigated and supported by the Vatican during it’s beginnings. However, by extension, the Nazi party including the Vatican is responsible for some 31 million deaths through genocide, raids, forced labor, "euthanasia," starvation, medical experiments, bombing, & concentration + death camps and more.
As documented in the The Catholic Church And Nazi Germany By Guenter Lewy, the Nazi-Nationalist coloration came into power on March 5, 1933, winning 52% of the votes and on March 13th, the Priest Pius XI, Cardinal Faulhaber publicly praised Chancellor Adolf for the stand he had taken against communism.
Prior to this, the Holy See had been working to establish a Concordat between them and Germany that involved maintaining control over religious schooling, assets and the like. Negotiation had failed in the past due to the former German party being predominantly non-catholic. However, with the rise of Hitler, the Holy See saw a new opportunity for negotiations and were willing to implement new strategies to obtain them.
The Vatican's use of the Hitler regime had immediate policy advantage, when a law announced on Feb 27th recognized seven Catholic feast days as LEGAL holidays.
For that reason, although having placed limits on the Nazi Party under the old regime, the Vatican made a momentous reversal. And on March 24th, the Catholic church hastily removed restrictions placed on the Nazi Party in a letter written by Cardinal Bertram that addressed members of the Fulda Bishop's Conference."
The Vatican approved Bishop Bertram's stance on removing prohibitions formerly placed on the Nazi Party and welcoming them into the church.
Hitler saw this as a great diplomatic opportunity to establish a strong relationship with Rome and worked to establish a Concordat.
The Vatican now saw a unique opportunity to use the Nazi political power to carry out own religious agenda, and were willing to implement and support the extermination of the religious minority to achieve their religious ends. Leading many to see that what is noted in history as one of the greatest atrocities of the century was in fact instigated, supported and facilitated by one of the most powerful religious organizations of the world.
And, with the backing of the Vatican, there was now nothing to stand in Hitler's way to gain world domination by employing Vatican supported and inspired tactics to exterminate any religious opposition or entity standing in its way.
At the meeting of the Bavarian Council of Ministers on April 24th,1933, the Premier was able to report that Cardinal Faulhaber had issued an order to the clergy to support the new regime in which he (Faulhaber) had confidence.
A declaration of the Catholic teachers organization, published on April 1, encouraged its members to participate in building the new order and to be helper and friend to the nationalist movement.
When German ministers Papen and Goring of the Nazi party visited the Vatican on April 10, they were received with great honor.
"The bishops cannot fight where Rome concludes peace. " The Catholic Allgemeine Rundschau concluded
When Jehovah’s Witnesses were suppressed in Bavaria on April 13th, the Church, on assignment from Hitler's Ministry of Education, reported any members seen or thought to be still practicing the new forbidden faith.
As Hitler fulfilled his role as executor of religious minorities and began operations of the notorious concentration camps and gas chambers, members of the catholic faith were being persuaded to continue to suppress emotional sympathies.
On April 3, 1938, a Papen, who assumed the title Protector founded an Organization named Kreuz und Alder ( Cross & Eagle) to appeal to German Catholics to join in the creation of the 3rd Reich that personified the “God-Give” mission of the German nationals to deepen Christian-conservative thinking.
The Papen was clear on his purpose to use the Nazi Party for it’s own religiously corrupt means and made this eyebrow raising statement. “Success is not tied to the existence of political parties,” which according to him would not last.
For Hitler's 4th birthday party on April 20, 1935, Monsignor Kaas sent a telegraph of congratulations from Rome that was published in the press.
“For today's birthday, sincere good wishes and the assurance of unflinching co-operation in the great enterprise of creating a Germany internally united, enjoying social peace and externally free.
Kass, who wrote from Rome, was expressing the well wishes of the Holy See.
“The bishops, it goes without saying, rendered the state and the authority what according to God's command is their due. The Church has done this under earlier forms of government and she would do the same under the present one. She would urge the faithful to be obedient and respectful."The bishops gladly recognized that the new state promoted Christianity, raised the level of morality and fought the battle against Bolshevism and godlessness with vigor and success.
During a special meeting with Pope Pias XI, Hitler spoke on the long standing view of the church and their views of Jews as parasites, pointing to the fact that the Church had banished them to the Ghettos. He reaffirmed his stance against them and mentioned that he was only going to do what the Church had done for 1,500 years.
As a devout Catholic, Hitler affirmed that he was personally convinced of the great power and significance of Christianity and he would not permit the founding of another religion. A statement, that at that time, went unchallenged by the Holy See.
From such statements, it’s clear that Catholic Church in accordance to Vatican approval, were instrumental in orchestrating, facilitating and implementing the genocide and execution of Jews, Gyps, Jehovah’s Witnesses and other religious minorities who did not adhere to the supreme power and doctrine of the Catholic faith.
ArchBishop Gober, in response to an inquiry at the Vatican, had also been told that a concordance between the Reich and the Holy See had been discussed in the talks with Papen and Goring.
So, how did the Vatican escape retribution along with Hitler and the regime with its fall in 1945? Perhaps in part due to the fact that Hitler and the Catholic Bishops only met publicly on a few occasions .
With the death of Pius XI in 1939, Hitler sought to influence the vote of the next Pope who would be more favorable to his policies.
After taking control, Pope Puis XII, remained politically neutral, and chose not to use their influence to ruffle the feathers of Germany, in the interest of the Church in Germany.
In his first encyclical, Summi Pontificatus ("On the Unity of Human Society"), released in October 1939, Pius urged Church members internationally, including Germany to remember a quote from Jesus, "render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's." Meaning, Church members were expected to obey the laws of the land even if it meant carrying out the execution of the religious minority, which would soon commerce in the months following his new appointment.
It’s important to note that the Bible nor Jesus ever encouraged disciples to obey Government leaders at all cost. For in that same quote, Jesus continued, “but render God’s things to God.” Meaning, that in the event that a government asks members to disobey God's commandments, the disciple was expected to give priority to obedience to God, which for Jesus' disciples, involved loving their enemies, not killing them.
The Vatican at that time never directly condemned Hitler, his policies or practices, even when Hitler began the use of gas chambers starting at the end 1939.
As Hitler made his way through Europe, seeking to expand his political influence and religious ideologies, many governments sought the support of the Vatican, to help sue for peace. A tactic that failed.
Of course, by this time, war had nearly engulfed the world, as the Vatican passed Intel between countries, to help them escape from a problem they themselves helped facilitate and instigate at the start of Hitler's regime.
On September 26, 1943, Nazi officials demanded of Jewish leaders in Rome 50 kilograms of gold within 36 hours. Otherwise, they would send two hundred Roman Jews to the concentration camps.
The Vatican, with the eyes of the world watching, was still unwilling to offer the money to Jews without a cost, instead, offered an open-ended loan in the amount needed to pay the Germans.
After the money was paid, all Jews, regardless of sex, age, or health, were rounded up and sent to concentration camps. The number deported came to 1,015. Of these, only 16 would survive the war.
The estimate of Jews killed during the Holocaust is between 5.8 M -11 M. However, some experts say that the number may be significantly higher.
In other countries occupied by the Germans, Jews underwent conversion of faith, becoming Catholics, to avoid persecution.
While some claim the Catholic Church was directly responsible for saving hundreds of thousands of lives during Hitlers anti-Jewish campaigns, others note that the Catholic Church who supported and solidified Hitlers rise to power is responsible for not only the lives lost of the millions persecuted including Jews, but that they are by extension responsible for the 75 million lives lost during WWII. Although the international Convention on Civil and Political Rights was not in place then, the fact that the Vatican is responsible for some 75 millions lives must be powerfully considered when meting out justice on behalf of the world.
Despite many Jewish leaders praising Pope Pius XII for his help in “aiding” the Jews during the Holocaust, the reality is that the Vatican played a major role in the establishment of the Third Rich, never publicly condemned their religious intolerance and persecution during Hitlers reign, and only began helping Jews once the problem extended outside the walls of Germany and began impacting Church interest in other countries.
Perhaps Pope Pius XII and his motives are better understood in the light of what took place when tons of explosives were dropped on Rome in 1943 during WWII, by United States Bombers.
As soon as the all-clear had sounded, instead of initially using that moment to provide spiritual comfort and instill courage and hope in the ears of the people, he reportedly went to the Vatican Bank to withdraw cash reserves before driving into the city.
There is no statute of limitations for war crimes. If a 101-year-old man can be convicted in Germany in relation to his role during the Nazi era, it is clear that now is the time to hold the Vatican responsible for their global war crimes that resulted in the death of some 31 million.
Therefore, Court Magazine is calling on the United States’s President Joe Biden and U.K. Prime Minister, to officially charge the Vatican with war crimes including genocide, raids, forced labor, "euthanasia," starvation, medical experiments, bombing, & concentration + death camps. In addition, we demand that the United Nations and the European Union cut all ties with the Vatican and enforce legal sanctions and seizures of Vatican assets to utilize as restitution payment to the people and governments severely impacted by Hitlers military campaigns. It must be seriously noted that if world leaders give the Vatican a pass on their instrumental role in one of the most horrendous atrocities ever to hit mankind, they are setting a very dangerous global precedent that will come with catastrophic consequences.