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– Twenty-First Century Crusades?
9: The Catholic Church getting directly involved in the “Road to Peace” process.
Is the Vatican the Palestinian Arab
The Vatican is actively taking part in the Middle East conflict - on the
judenrein side. They've been there before.
During the past several weeks, the Vatican has worked hard to achieve
the dwarfing of Israel into the indefensible 1947 ceasefire lines.
Pope Benedict just met in Rome with the Palestinian Authority head,
Mahmoud Abbas, hailing the recent United Nations’ resolution on
Palestinian non-member statehood. “It is hoped that (the resolution)
will encourage the commitment of the international community to finding
a fair and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”, a
Vatican statement said.
Abbas also met with the Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone
accompanied by Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations
with States. The Vatican applauded the UN General Assembly’s vote as
“the juridical basis” for the Palestinian State.
Symbolically, the Palestinian Arab leader gave the Pope a mosaic of the
Sepulchre in Jerusalem, with a note: "Abu Mazen, president of the State
The day the United Nations voted to recognize the "Palestinian State",
the Vatican commented that "it is a propitious occasion to recall the
common position that the Holy See and the Palestinian Liberation
Organisation expressed in the Basic Agreement of 15 February 2000,
intended to support the recognition of a internationally guaranteed
special statute for the City of Jerusalem".
In the memorandum signed by Vatican officials and the PLO, an
organization of Holocaust deniers now officially dedicated to the mass
deportation of Israel’s Jews, the Catholic Church wants Israel
relinquishing sovereignty at the Western Wall and the Temple Mount.
The Vatican-PLO agreement's preamble on Jerusalem shows that the
Vatican's attitude on Israel's capital is still stuck in the
unforgivable rhetoric of the 1940s.
The Vatican's call for internationalizing the city, recently repeated by
Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, head of the Vatican’s Council for
Interreligious Dialogue, is as appalling as it is anachronistic.
Instead of cooperating with the Jewish state and recognizing that the
only way to guarantee religious freedom is by maintaining the unity of
Jerusalem under Israeli sovreignity, the Vatican embraces the cause of
ending Jewish sovereignity.
This is the meaning of the Vatican's support of the Palestinian Arab
diplomatic terrorism at the United Nations.
The memorandum between the Vatican and the Palestinian Arabs includes a
condemnation of “unilateral decisions and actions altering the specific
character and status of Jerusalem”. Yet the most blatant unilateral act
in recent years has been the illegal anti-Semitic project on the Temple
Mount conducted by the Wakf, the Islamic religious trust.
The Catholic Church, which has now discovered “rights” in Jerusalem, was
totally silent also from 1948-1967, when its representatives witnessed
the systematic pillaging of the Jewish synagogues. At that time, the
Vatican ambassador’s residence, at the foot of the Mount of Olives,
provided a close look at the razing of over 40,000 Jewish graves in
Judaism’s oldest cemetery.
“The Holy Land’s Churches unanimously support the Palestinian National
Authority’s accomplishment” Mgr. Maroun Lahham, the Latin Patriarchal
Vicar General in Jordan, just said in a statement to a Vatican news
Then it was the turn of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Fouad Twal,
who already welcomed enthusiastically the agreement reached between
Hamas and Fatah, despite both the PLO and Hamas covenants’ call for the
use of violence against the Jews: “For once the international community
and the leaders of the nations had the courage not to be influenced by
the pressures and to decide in conscience, without calculation. I am
grateful and happy for this freedom”. Patriarch Twal, named by Pope
Benedict XVI, was at the White House for a meeting with the US
administration — as well as for the purpose of supporting the
Palestinian bid at the UN.
Not to be outdone, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has
sent a letter to US Congress warning against cutting aid to the
Palestinians. Bishop Richard E. Pates, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee
on International Justice and Peace, sent the letter in response to
Congress considering a suggestion to cut aid after the U.N. vote.
Pates also urged Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to “reinforce
strongly the unequivocal opposition of the United States to the
recommendations of the Levy Commission Report in all contacts with the
government of Israel”.
A few days ago, William Shomali, Patriarchal Vicar of the Latin
Patriarchate of Jerusalem, not only condemned the Israeli decision to
build new houses between Jerusalem and Maaleh Adumim, he also explained
that Israel must render Jüdenrein the entire Judea and Samaria and
evacuate “that 22 percent of Territories that are occupied and not
Then 100 Christian leaders from Israel and the Palestinian areas
promoted a document saying that "the Israeli occupation of Palestinian
land is a sin against God and humanity". Among the signers one finds
Patriarch Emeritus Michael Sabbah, Monsignor Rafik Khoury (Latin
Patriarchate Seminary), Sami El-Yousef (Pontifical Mission for
Palestine) and Claudette Habash (General Secretary of Caritas, the most
important Vatican humanitarian arm in the world).
Archbishop Antonio Franco just left his office as Vatican nuncio, or
ambassador, in Israel. He will be remembered as the envoy who conducted
the Catholic Church's battle to clear the name of Pope Pius XII at Yad
Vashem. The campaign was hailed as a success by the Vatican after the
Israeli Holocaust museum agreed to replace a caption suggesting Pius XII
did not do enough to stop the genocide of six million Jews by Nazi
Germany during World War II.
If in the wartime period the Vatican had taken a moral stand against
Nazism, the outcome might have been different for the Jewish people.
That was 1943. By 2013, the Church should know better. Yet it seems that
as was the case in World War II, the Vatican is again pursuing a joint
cause with those who are pursuing the first state cleansed of the Jews
since Nazi Germany.
Pope Benedict's eagerness to recognize the Palestinian State before it
has even yet arisen (and it is doubtful that it ever will arise)
resembles the eagerness of another Pope, Pius XII, to recognize the Nazi
regime four months after it was established.