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Catholic sect holds funeral rites for Nazi war criminal
Former SS officer Erich Priebke died October 11. His burial is a source of controversy in Rome.
October 15th, 2013
02:07 PM ET

Catholic sect holds funeral rites for Nazi war criminal

By Daniel Burke and Hada Messia, CNN

ROME (CNN) - The Italian branch of a Catholic sect with a history of anti-Semitism held funeral rites on Tuesday for a convicted Nazi war criminal, despite protests from Jewish groups and the local mayor.

Crowds packed the streets outside San Pio X Church in Albano, a small town south of Rome, chanting "Executioner!" and kicking the hearse carrying Erich Priebke's body as entered the church compound on Tuesday.

A funeral Mass was celebrated for Priebke but his casket was kept outside, according to a priest from the church who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

The absolution rite, which includes a prayer for clemency for the deceased, was also given outside the church, in the courtyard inside San Pio X's compound, the priest said.

Priebke's body is now being held in a military airport outside Rome.

The church funeral plans for Priebke sparked an outcry in the United States.

"Erich Priebke was a monster," said Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League.

"He does not deserve the dignity and respect of a proper church burial. His body should be cremated and his ashes scattered at sea, without further ceremony.”

Priebke, a former SS captain sentenced to life in prison for his role in an Italian massacre in 1944, died on Friday.

Priebke was convicted by Italian court in 1998 for helping organize the execution of 335 men and boys in retaliation for attacks on German troops. The former Nazi was unrepentant, denying the Holocaust in his final statement, according to the Associated Press.

After World War II, Priebke escaped to Argentina, where he lived for nearly 50 years. He had planned to be buried near his late wife there, according to his lawyer, Paolo Giachini. But Argentina's foreign minister said it would not accept the remains.

MORE: Nazi war criminal Priebke, dubbed the 'butcher,' dies at 100

Burying Priebke in Rome has proved nearly as difficult.

The Diocese of Rome said in a statement that Priebke's lawyer was asked to hold a "small, private" funeral in the Nazi war criminal's home rather than in a church.

"The prayer for the deceased was not denied," the diocese said in a statement, "but rather a different manner for the ceremony was decided." Pope Francis is the titular head of the Rome diocese but has little involvement in its daily affairs.

Priebke's lawyer rejected that proposition, according to the diocese.

Instead, the conservative Society of St. Pius X stepped in, agreeing on Tuesday to hold a funeral Mass in their church for the former Nazi. The society has no official status within the Catholic Church.

The Italian chapter acknowledged in a statement Tuesday that Priebke was "controversial" but said he had already been convicted by Italian courts and has the right to a Christian funeral.

"A Christian who has been baptized and who has received the sacraments of the Confession and the Eucharist, regardless of what have been his crimes and sins, as he dies reconciling with God and with the Church has the right to have a Holy Mass celebrated at his funeral," the group said in a statement.

The society also said that it "reaffirms our repudiation to any form of anti-semitism and racial hatred."

But the Society of St. Pius X, whose leaders were once excommunicated from the Catholic Church for ordaining bishops without Vatican approval, has a long history of controversial statements about Jews.

Its founder, the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, sharply disagreed with the Roman Catholic Church's softened stance toward other faiths, including Judaism, after the Second Vatican Council in 1962-65. It also objected to other modernizing reforms such as celebrating the Mass in local languages.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, the Society of St. Pius X is "mired in anti-Semitism."

“The Society of St. Pius X never fails fail to shock," Foxman, a Holocaust survivor, said Tuesday. "First, they denied the Holocaust, and now they’re denying the acts of a perpetrator.”

"Jews are described in SSPX documents as being cursed by God for the sin of deicide" (killing Jesus), the ADL says in an online report.

"Jews are accused of being in control of world financial and cultural institutions and of plotting to create a 'world empire' or obtain 'world dominion,'" the ADL report continues.

Under Pope Benedict XVI, the Catholic Church tried to reconcile with the ultra-conservative society, lifting the excommunication of several bishops and allowing for wider celebration of the Mass in Latin, a favored practice of SSPX.

One of those bishops, Richard Williamson, was later found to have denied elements of the Holocaust, including its death toll of 6 million Jews.

Williamson was convicted of Holocaust denial in a German court and expelled from the society in 2012.

MORE: Holocaust-denying bishop loses court battle

Former Pope Benedict XVI wrote in 2009 that the Society of St. Pius X "does not have canonical status in the Catholic church" because of doctrinal, not disciplinary reasons.

It doesn't look like the breach will close any time soon.

The Bishop Bernard Fellay, the society's Swiss-born leader, reportedly said on Saturday in Kansas City, "The situation of the church is a real disaster, and the present Pope is making it 10,000 times worse.”

- CNN Religion Editor

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soundoff (787 Responses)
  1. My Dog is a jealous Dog

    The good die young, but the b@stards stick around forever.

    I could care less what they do with the corpse, I'm just glad he's not using up any more resources.

    October 15, 2013 at 9:23 pm |
  2. CDB Spender

    Looks like now his only problem is finding a landfill that will inter him.

    October 15, 2013 at 9:11 pm |
  3. James

    Before you make a comment on this post. Please go out to your local bookstore and find a copy of the play Antigone by Sophocles and read it. It should be required reading before discussing any situation regarding the death of an infamous person or burial controversy.

    October 15, 2013 at 9:11 pm |
  4. brown

    "He does not deserve the dignity and respect of a proper church burial ..."

    You're talking about the Catholic church ... there is no dignity or respect for

    that wretched criminal organization!

    October 15, 2013 at 9:04 pm |
  5. Joe O

    Disgusting using that term conservative Catholic to describe extremist. It's not a Conservative Catholic society it's an extremist abberation

    October 15, 2013 at 9:00 pm |
  6. 1488

    Really?
    Jews want a say in what a Catholic's body is being done with?
    You already got him in prison for life, who cares about what happens to his body?
    Oy vey we can't give him religious freedom, only JEWS are allowed these freedoms, no Jew has done anything wrong ever!

    October 15, 2013 at 8:59 pm |
  7. GodFreeNow

    My question to the christians:
    Many of you out here are disputing whether or not Hitler was a christian. I understand the need to distance yourself. Here is my question.

    Are there christians out here that doubt that at the end of Hitler's life, if we asked for god's forgiveness and chose to believe in him through Jesus, that he would immediately be shuffled into heaven upon dying?

    October 15, 2013 at 8:59 pm |
    • Topher

      GodFreeNow

      "Many of you out here are disputing whether or not Hitler was a christian. I understand the need to distance yourself."

      Hitler made plenty of statements that shows He wasn't a Christian. And not just because they were snarky, but they were outright rejections of it. His actions alone show his true colors.

      "Are there christians out here that doubt that at the end of Hitler's life, if we asked for god's forgiveness and chose to believe in him through Jesus, that he would immediately be shuffled into heaven upon dying?"

      The Biblical standard is repentance and faith. So if he did that, yes, he'd be in Heaven. Of course there's no evidence one way or the other on whether he did that or not.

      October 15, 2013 at 9:03 pm |
      • GodFreeNow

        1) There are plenty of statements, (recorded as in audio, not by secretaries), of Hitler professing christianity. I've quoted 1 on the previous page. That's just reality. You are speaking for Hitler here. Can you cite your references please?

        2) This is why your god will never be satisfactory to anyone who knows themselves and values their own conscience. Forgiveness is one thing, but to welcome and accept as though nothing ever happened is callous and demeaning of those who have suffered. That's the god you bow before and plan on spending an unending existence with. Good luck with that. Just don't expect many people who have worked this out to want to join you.

        October 15, 2013 at 9:25 pm |
        • Topher

          GodFreeNow

          "1) There are plenty of statements, (recorded as in audio, not by secretaries), of Hitler professing christianity. I've quoted 1 on the previous page. That's just reality. You are speaking for Hitler here. Can you cite your references please?"

          Don't have them in front of me, but a quick Google search will find you plenty, I'm sure. But let me say this. Just because someone claims to be something, that doesn't make them it. I, for instance, claimed to be a Christian for 10 years. It wasn't true. I never once picked up the Bible or cared what it had to say. I just thought by calling myself that it was a free ticket out of Hell.

          "2) Forgiveness is one thing, but to welcome and accept as though nothing ever happened is callous and demeaning of those who have suffered."

          The one who really suffered is the one who was innocent and without sin — Jesus Christ. He lived a perfect life and took my punishment on the cross. Not because I deserved it but because He loved me. And here I was spending my first 30 years in rebellion to Him. And I don't mean sinning like we all sin in our everyday lives. I mean flat out enemy of God stuff here. So who am I to complain about Him forgiving someone else when He was so kind to forgive me?

          October 15, 2013 at 9:34 pm |
        • GodFreeNow

          @Topher, what gives him the right to take responsibility for your actions? Because he was "perfect" and someone killed him, therefore... anything you do can be forgiven. It's quite a leap and sounds a lot more like not taking responsibility for your own actions. I don't blame you for this. This is the normal mode of humans. It's just now you have a deity that tells you what you want to hear.

          For the record, you'll find as many enemies of god here as you will find enemies of fairies. One must first assume that something is real to make it an enemy. God is not my enemy. Your god doesn't exist. Of this, I'm certain. I come from a christian family and I believed much the way you do. Many of my family members are still lost in the illusion of security that religion brings so I don't even have animosity to you. But it's as evident to me that you are lost in your dogma as they are. Once you are in a position of justifying the evils men do, you've lost.

          The god you worship is nothing more than the part of your psyche that has evolved to help you feel secure when you are scared and feeling out of control. When you find peace and joy that comes from within, you no longer need your security blanket. I truly hope you can find this one day.

          October 15, 2013 at 9:55 pm |
        • Topher

          GodFreeNow

          "what gives him the right to take responsibility for your actions?"

          He's God.

          "Because he was "perfect" and someone killed him, therefore... anything you do can be forgiven."

          Yes. Remember all those animal sacrifices in the OT? In the new covenant, Christ is that sacrifice. One, so we don't have to worry about it anymore, and two because the animals only covered the sins. Christ's took them away. Also note He's the only one in history who could have been our permanent sacrifice ... fully man (and thus one of us — a descendant of the First Adam) and fully God (who was perfect — spotless like the OT lambs — and could pay for those sins and also defeat death by rising three days later.)

          October 15, 2013 at 10:07 pm |
      • Apple Bush

        Nobody knows. His mom was a catholic and he was baptized, but he was not a Christian as an adult unless it suited his political needs.

        October 15, 2013 at 9:33 pm |
        • GodFreeNow

          I agree with you. But as an atheist, I know "being a christian" is as meaningless a statement as "being a leprechaunist." I just like to hear christians commit to the idea that people like Hitler can get into heaven pretty easily as long as they say the magic words.

          October 15, 2013 at 9:40 pm |
  8. nestor

    why the S.S.Soldier jews whom murderer and massacred the palestinians people where burial with all honors of the israeli jews state.?

    October 15, 2013 at 8:45 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Because Israel is a Jewish state?

      October 15, 2013 at 8:52 pm |
  9. Gavin Ford

    Hitler was a devout Catholic. The Nazi party is totally compatible.

    October 15, 2013 at 8:25 pm |
    • Gol

      As much as Obama is a devout Protestant.

      October 15, 2013 at 8:35 pm |
    • Barry

      That is completely false. Read a book or two.

      October 15, 2013 at 8:45 pm |
  10. Catie

    Perhaps we should join 'virtual' hands and sing a few rounds of Kumbaya.

    October 15, 2013 at 8:24 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      We can't cuz Topher is afraid to get a reach around.

      October 15, 2013 at 8:58 pm |
  11. teedofftaxpayer

    Don't see what they big deal is, the Catholic Church supported the Nazis during their reign of terror. Why would it surprise any one.

    October 15, 2013 at 8:22 pm |
    • Roger that

      That was my first thought.

      October 15, 2013 at 8:32 pm |
    • Gol

      Exactly how did the RCC support the Nazi when they were surrounded by the capitol of fascist Italy who was allies with Germany?

      October 15, 2013 at 8:36 pm |
      • HotAirAce

        They never excommunicated Hitler and I don't believe they took a stand against him, not even doing something like saying god was not with Hitler's armies.

        October 15, 2013 at 8:43 pm |
        • Gol

          A little extra info on the topic: http://www.stanthonymessenger.org/AskAFranciscan/Question.aspx?question=72

          October 15, 2013 at 8:49 pm |
        • Gol

          And most historians agree that Hitler and the church would not have a long term relationship had his plans worked out better. For the Nazi....the church was an evil to the state that they couldn't get rid of but wanted to.

          Pope Pius XII also spoke out against the invasion of Poland (Summi Pontificatus). Hardly the words for a person that would support the Nazi.
          In the end, the notion that the RCC supported Hitler is inaccurate and is nothing more than a hater talking point that isn't supported by history.

          October 15, 2013 at 9:04 pm |
        • HotAirAce

          Did the RCC ever issue a "cease and desist" order to its cult members?

          October 15, 2013 at 9:14 pm |
        • Gol

          "Did the RCC ever issue a "cease and desist" order to its cult members?"

          As part of it's own neutrality policy, it wouldn't have issued nothing of the kind to the members of the RCC.

          Did the RCC ever issued a statement supporting HItler and the Nazi?

          October 15, 2013 at 9:20 pm |
        • HotAirAce

          What neutrality policy? Why would the RCC have a neutrality policy about the sins it's cult members were committing?

          October 15, 2013 at 9:24 pm |
        • Gol

          "What neutrality policy? Why would the RCC have a neutrality policy about the sins it's cult members were committing?"

          You are not very up to date on politics of the Vatican are you?
          Not neutrality of sins but political neutrality.

          You really do need to learn the definition of "cult" because the RCC is niether small or extreme.

          October 16, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
        • HotAirAce

          I suggest equating sin or moral neutrality with political neutrality is evil. And cult fits the RCC and all religions perfectly.

          October 16, 2013 at 8:48 pm |
  12. Ronnie Harper

    Sometimes I wonder whether I am living in the 21st century, or the 1st century. . .

    October 15, 2013 at 8:15 pm |
    • Gol

      With your display of intelligence...I would wager you're somewhere in the 13th century Europe.

      October 15, 2013 at 8:37 pm |
  13. cal ripson

    It is not up to Abe Foxman to dictate the terms of Catholic idealogy. Every baptized Catholic does have the right to a Church burial unless he has before death been excommunicated.

    October 15, 2013 at 8:14 pm |
  14. I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

    Why does this matter?

    What difference does it make if this war criminal has a funeral or not?

    I understand that the Holocaust was awful. That it happened should never be forgotten, but it ended almost 70 years ago. Far better to ignore this man that make a big deal about him. It is time to move on.

    The bigger issue here is the apparent anti-semitism of this Society of St. Pius X. It sounds like they need to be further marginalized by the Catholic church.

    October 15, 2013 at 8:08 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Ooops – not "that" but "than"

      October 15, 2013 at 8:10 pm |
    • KHS

      Yes, the guy is an evil monster, but in the view of the Christian church he is just a great sinner, and Jesus accepts all sinners. Therefore, there is no reason why he should not be buried with Christian rites (no big celebration, of course). Then God can decide about his eternal punishment.. (This is the opinion of a non-believer!)

      October 15, 2013 at 8:23 pm |
    • Thomas

      Why should he receive a dignified burial when the victims of the Holocaust were dumped naked into large pits by bulldozers and covered over....only to be later dug up again and burned in mass pyres when the evidence of what the Nazis had done needed to be destroyed? Some crimes are unforgivable, no matter what the scriptures might say. If God wants to forgive this monster, that is His prerogative. The rest of us, however, should treat him like the rabid animal that he was and treat him with no respect whatsoever.

      October 15, 2013 at 9:36 pm |
  15. One one

    The hocus pocus aspect of this is meaningless because it's all man created fantasy. But it does tell us something about where the alliances are.

    October 15, 2013 at 8:05 pm |
  16. lewtwo

    well no great surprise ... it is the catholic church after all

    October 15, 2013 at 8:04 pm |
  17. Apple Bush

    My mother hurled the bowl at his head. It connected and blood and spaghetti painted the wall like modern art. He was still; he was unconscious.

    “I have to go to work,” she said and was gone as she wiped a tear, hoping I didn’t see. The sun was setting.

    He came to in a few minutes, muttered something about killing someone and then staggered out the front door. The screen slamming with a jolting thud.

    I called my best friend and asked him to come over as if nothing had just happened. He was on his way. I began cleaning up the mess.

    For every child that lives in a violent home, where is you God now?

    October 15, 2013 at 7:55 pm |
    • Topher

      He's right there, dude. Waiting for you to turn to Him.

      October 15, 2013 at 7:59 pm |
      • Apple Bush

        Where is he T? Where?

        October 15, 2013 at 8:01 pm |
        • Topher

          Right there. Waiting for you. It doesn't matter what you've done or what has been done to you. If you repent (turn from your sins) and trust Him, He's ready to wipe your sins away. He loves you despite how much you shake your fist at Him.

          October 15, 2013 at 8:09 pm |
        • Madtown

          What const.itutes "shaking your fist at him"?

          October 15, 2013 at 8:20 pm |
        • Topher

          Madtown

          "... unlike the load of crap contained in The Babble and believed by mentally ill delusionals such as yourself."

          That's shaking a fist.

          October 15, 2013 at 9:04 pm |
        • Apple Bush

          So Topher means that telling the truth is "shaking a fist". Got it.

          October 15, 2013 at 9:36 pm |
        • Madtown

          That's shaking a fist.
          ---
          That comment is directed at you. And, just to be clear, this isn't my quote, though I'm not saying you think you're quoting me, just want to be clear that I didn't say that.

          October 15, 2013 at 9:44 pm |
        • HotAirAce

          How about a kick in the nuts? Fuck You God!"

          October 15, 2013 at 9:48 pm |
      • tammy

        what if i don't want to turn around, Tophie. can u get him to, you know, reach around and help with my irritation?

        October 15, 2013 at 8:09 pm |
        • Apple Bush

          T, where are we at on the reach around? You didn't go to work did you?

          October 15, 2013 at 8:16 pm |
        • Topher

          That's disgusting and inappropriate.

          October 15, 2013 at 8:30 pm |
        • Apple Bush

          I thought it was funny.

          October 15, 2013 at 8:33 pm |
      • Apple Bush

        But Topher, I haven't sinned so it is not an issue. I don't need God.

        October 15, 2013 at 8:34 pm |
        • Topher

          So you're perfect? C'mon, dude.

          October 15, 2013 at 8:36 pm |
        • HotAirAce

          Topher, your cult's rules only apply to your cult's members. Sin is a religious notion and does not apply to non-believers, non-cult members. I am not a believer and not a cult member therefore I am not a sinner.

          October 15, 2013 at 8:40 pm |
        • Topher

          HotAirAce

          "Topher, your cult's rules only apply to your cult's members. Sin is a religious notion and does not apply to non-believers, non-cult members. I am not a believer and not a cult member therefore I am not a sinner."

          Sorry, but you're wrong. It applies to everyone. It doesn't matter if you don't believe in it. If I don't believe in gravity and jump off a building, I'm still gonna go splat.

          October 15, 2013 at 8:44 pm |
        • HotAirAce

          Everyone! Such arrogance. And when are you going to reply to the unanswered questions you are running away from in "Malaysian court . . ."

          October 15, 2013 at 8:50 pm |
        • HotAirAce

          And, Topher, the reason you must go splat is that gravity is a fact, unlike the load of crap contained in The Babble and believed by mentally ill delusionals such as yourself.

          October 15, 2013 at 8:52 pm |
        • Apple Bush

          I have nothing to add to what Ace said. Of course I am not perfect. I don't even know what that means. Heck, maybe I am!

          October 15, 2013 at 9:02 pm |
        • Topher

          Wouldn't you agree that breaking a moral law requires punishment?

          October 15, 2013 at 9:05 pm |
        • HotAirAce

          What's a moral law? If it's something found in The Babble, then my answer is "Fuck No!"

          October 15, 2013 at 9:09 pm |
        • Tom, Tom, the Other One

          Topher, to the best of your knowledge, and don't be flippant, what is punishment?

          October 15, 2013 at 9:16 pm |
        • Topher

          The penalty that satisfies justice.

          October 15, 2013 at 9:21 pm |
        • Tom, Tom, the Other One

          You know that justice is satisfied when ____.

          October 15, 2013 at 9:27 pm |
        • Topher

          Tom, Tom, the Other One

          "You know that justice is satisfied when ____."

          the guilty are punished for their crimes.

          October 15, 2013 at 9:37 pm |
        • Apple Bush

          Topher know his sadistic sick masochistic god loves burning people for all eternity.

          October 15, 2013 at 9:39 pm |
        • Topher

          God doesn't love burning anyone. But He is just and will send people there. Though He did, however, demonstrate His love by taking the punishment we deserve and providing a payment for our sins.

          October 15, 2013 at 9:41 pm |
        • Madtown

          He did, however, demonstrate His love by taking the punishment we deserve and providing a payment for our sins.
          ----
          If he took the punishment for our sins, why would he send anyone to hell, as you said he did above? Our sins are paid for, we don't need to be sent to hell.

          October 15, 2013 at 9:56 pm |
        • Tom, Tom, the Other One

          Looks like you're back to punishment, Topher. What is punishment?

          October 15, 2013 at 9:56 pm |
        • Topher

          Madtown

          "If he took the punishment for our sins, why would he send anyone to hell, as you said he did above? Our sins are paid for, we don't need to be sent to hell."

          Well, it's an offer made to you, but He's not going to force you to accept it. That wouldn't be loving. For instance, if you're in court and your sentence is a huge fine you can't pay or jail and someone offers to pay the fine for you, you could reject it and take the prison time. Or you can receive the offer and walk free. It's your choice.

          Well, I'm going to go hang out with my wife. I'm outta here for the night. Have a good one, dude!

          October 15, 2013 at 10:23 pm |
    • anonymous

      One day when my father was knocking me around the kitchen we both noticed that I had a knife in my hand. We were both surprised. We stayed clear of each other from then on. Earthly parents are a gift from God, I hear.

      October 15, 2013 at 8:04 pm |
      • Apple Bush

        I had a similar situation with a bully in high school.

        October 15, 2013 at 8:08 pm |
      • liz48

        Think of who influenced your parents....and open up to knowing why evil happens and what the Will of God is in the situation and how much man has to do with it, being made in the Image of God and able to override His Will!

        October 15, 2013 at 8:29 pm |
    • Target

      This one is not the sharpest crayon in the box. He/she called me a Christian... uh... no. Not true.

      October 15, 2013 at 8:15 pm |
      • Apple Bush

        Who are you addressing and what are you talking about?

        October 15, 2013 at 8:21 pm |
        • Target

          I'm addressing you. In your poetry thread (which was deleted) you said I was just another Christian drive by poster. But I'm not Christian and not sure what I said that would make you think that.

          October 15, 2013 at 8:24 pm |
      • Apple Bush

        Oh, my bad. Thought you were one of those one-liner drive by Christians. You don't have to like me or my posts ,it's ok.

        October 15, 2013 at 9:06 pm |
  18. Rationalist

    If there is one thing Yahweh loves more than a good bloodbath, it's burnt offerings. Once you accept the Bible as your moral guide, no amount of slaughter and carnage is off limits. It's all good if done in "His" name. And if you haven't read the Bible AND don't have at least a passing familiarity with recorded human history, please don't bother with a reply.

    October 15, 2013 at 7:42 pm |
  19. Harry

    "Die Fahne hoch, die Reihen fest geschlossen. S. A. marschiert mit ruhig festem Schritt. Kam'raden die Rotfront und Reaktion erschossen. Marschier'n im Geist in unsern Reihen mit."

    October 15, 2013 at 7:42 pm |
    • abc

      No one wants to hear the Nazi party anthem.

      October 15, 2013 at 8:00 pm |
  20. wow, just wow....

    i am german, my family or part of it probably was nazi at some point and i don't really care, but that's just me and i don't know much about my past family but this is just stupid and the guy should have a proper funeral if he wanted to while he was alive or if his family wants to give him one it's not just a right from a country to allow a funeral it is an honor to the dead.

    October 15, 2013 at 7:35 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      "honor the dead" – something you can't do since they are dead. Dead means gone, nil. Whatever you might do is for the living. Perhaps an apology by the family and people he originated from is in order.

      October 15, 2013 at 7:40 pm |
    • Ray

      But jews have said that Germans are inherently evil, so that pretty much settles it.

      October 15, 2013 at 7:42 pm |
      • Tom, Tom, the Other One

        Christians say everyone is inherently evil. Does that mean Jews are as accountable before the Christian God as the Nazis who killed them, and perhaps even more so?

        October 15, 2013 at 7:45 pm |
        • Topher

          Yes.

          October 15, 2013 at 7:49 pm |
        • Ray

          To claim that is anti-semitic.

          Protestants worship jews to one extent or another.

          The Catholic Church, with a few exceptions, has rejected supersessionism. Meaning jews get a free pass to heaven, or at least a free "Stay out of Hell" card.

          October 15, 2013 at 7:52 pm |
        • Doris

          "Meaning jews get a . . . . "

          Of course. Did you really think the new screenplay would have passed without that?

          October 15, 2013 at 7:56 pm |
        • Topher

          The Jews will be judged for their crimes just as anyone else would.

          October 15, 2013 at 7:56 pm |
      • Tom, Tom, the Other one

        Come now, Daniel. My response was provocative, but not at all vulgar or untrue.

        October 15, 2013 at 7:52 pm |
    • Loggan44

      I don't see a problem with a church funeral for him. Dont we do the same for convicted murders and such? The man did evil, yes. But now its between him and his maker and his family should be able to give him a church funeral. The Christian belief is forgiveness and I would think no one of Christian faith would have an issue wit burying him. I think Argentina should allow him to be buried next to his wife as well.

      October 15, 2013 at 7:44 pm |
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