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.

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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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  1. Kim

    I'm a little surprised that the Catholic Church would hold services for this "man". During the Holocaust, Catholics in general were not one of the Third Reich's more enthusiastic "supporters". On the contrary, many Catholics risked their lives and the lives of their families and fates of their churches to secretly hide Jewish families and children in their churches, homes, seminaries and orphanages. Some Bishops and Catholic leaders were even subjected to labor and death camps for speaking out against the Reich and its discrimination, abuse and murder of Jews and other "undesirables". I am a hardline Atheist, but I can't help but have a soft spot in my heart for European Catholics of that time who risked their own safety to protect those who they knew were being treated so unfairly. Why this Catholic church agreed to this, I don't know and I am disappointed to hear they have a history of Anti-Semitism. I think the brave Catholics who did so much work, who toiled in death camps and ultimately met their end at the hands of men like this one for standing up for the wrongs of the Reich would be rolling over in their graves if that was possible. It's an insult to their memory and to the larger-than-life memory of the Holocaust. This man denied life to human beings young and old, sent them to slaughter and beforehand they likely had to dig a large pit only to stand upon the cusp and be shot to death. Can you imagine being the last in line and hearing 334 gunshots before the gun came to you? Can you imagine seeing grandfathers, sons, fathers, brothers, children, their lives being ended like they are not human? He denied them a proper burial; he denied them their lives. Yet here his ugly legacy is being rewarded even in death.

    October 15, 2013 at 5:02 pm |
    • Kevin

      Good post Kim. The stereotyping of religious people/Catholics seen on this board is disgusting. Good Catholics, bad Catholics. Good non-religious people, bad non-religious people. It's really not that hard, except for the simple minds of some anti-religion nutters.

      October 15, 2013 at 5:08 pm |
      • Apple Bush

        If you are a mental midget and believe in gods and whatever who can blame you? You are unintelligent. Perhaps you were born that way. We can still be friends thought, right?

        October 15, 2013 at 5:14 pm |
        • Rett

          "We can be friends thought, right".....are you the pot I keep hearing about?

          October 15, 2013 at 7:12 pm |
        • Anonymous

          A Jihadist who believes infidels should be killed, a radical christian who claims God hates gays, and an atheist who thinks everyone who has a religious belief is mentally inferior, are all one in the same. Even if the Muslims are right, that Jihadist is still wrong. Even if the Christians are right, that radical is still wrong, even if the atheists are right, that atheist is still wrong. This applies to all beliefs. Radicalism, including yours, is wrong no matter who is right.

          October 15, 2013 at 10:31 pm |
    • Dan Guerriero

      The Catholic Church did very little to help. Maybe some of the people who helped were Catholic but this was not done as formal decision of the Roman Catholic Church. I love the Roman Catholic Church but I do believe they were behind the door during World War 11.

      October 15, 2013 at 5:45 pm |
      • Bill Marvel

        But Dan, according to Vatican II, the Church IS its people.

        October 16, 2013 at 3:29 am |
    • romany

      they are not rewarding his legacy they are burying a dead body according to his religious beliefs and the wishes of his family, he's dead, he went to jail, he answered for his crimes on earth with a jail sentence, and now accoridng to the churches beliefs he will answer to God, his body is just a body

      October 15, 2013 at 5:59 pm |
      • Kim

        Sure, he's kaput but it doesn't change the memory of what he did in life, the one and only true life we will live. That is his legacy. And by accepting his body, they are accepting his legacy and his life in my opinion. What he did in life should make him ineligible for any ceremonious gestures after his death. Giving him what he would have wanted but didn't grant in his life to 335 people is not acceptable my eyes, nor should it be acceptable in the eyes of a church that says they place so much emphasis on morals.

        October 15, 2013 at 6:12 pm |
    • Bill Marvel

      I sincerely doubt that he's being rewarded..

      October 16, 2013 at 3:12 am |
  2. and why

    anyone should have a problem with that?

    October 15, 2013 at 4:56 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      I don't. Non-story.

      October 15, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
      • Gol

        For a non-story..you sure seem to feel the need to comment a lot.

        October 15, 2013 at 5:26 pm |
        • Apple Bush

          I have to comment since it is a non-story. What do you have to say about the story. Why are you commenting on me?

          October 15, 2013 at 5:29 pm |
        • Gol


          October 15, 2013 at 8:40 pm |
  3. qazoo

    "ultra-conservative society"

    That fits neo-con and or tea-party in America, pick your choice..

    October 15, 2013 at 4:49 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      no it doesn't. You haven't seen conservative until you've met a member of the Society of Pius X.

      October 15, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
      • Bill Marvel

        The teapots are selectively conservative. The more-pious than Pius bunch are unrestrainedy conservative.

        October 16, 2013 at 3:17 am |
    • Apple Bush

      They will need some high-profile tea-partiers to carry the casket. Sarah, Michelle, etc.

      October 15, 2013 at 4:58 pm |
      • Hi Mr. Pot

        You sir, are a moron.

        October 15, 2013 at 11:26 pm |
  4. Apple Bush

    God is to people what people are to bugs.

    Consider how carelessly we wield our power; allowing a bug to live or to die.

    There are as many bugs living on YOU right now as there are people on Earth.

    Which is to say that there are 50 billion bugs to our 7 billion people. And that is just the bugs that live ON us. I don't know how many billions of bugs live in other environments. Trillions?

    They don't even know we are here unless we step on them.

    October 15, 2013 at 4:48 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      If you need help my analogy; I am saying IF there were a God, it seems likely to me he would have no awareness of us, just like we can't see, hear or have any contact with God.

      October 15, 2013 at 4:50 pm |
      • Mike

        Huh, what did you say?

        October 15, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
        • Apple Bush

          If you still need help understanding my analogy, I am saying there is no God.

          October 15, 2013 at 5:01 pm |
        • AE


          October 15, 2013 at 5:01 pm |
        • AE

          God is real.

          October 15, 2013 at 5:01 pm |
        • Apple Bush

          Which one AE? Seconded or God I real? What are you seconding?

          October 15, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
        • nope

          @Apple Bush

          October 15, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
        • Apple Bush

          Dammit I got "noped"

          October 15, 2013 at 5:05 pm |
        • AE

          I was seconding Mike, because you are not making much sense.

          God is real. Your opinion and analogy failed to disprove that. And I can make contact with God through prayer and meditation. Just like I did this morning.

          October 15, 2013 at 5:05 pm |
      • Kevin

        We still need more help with your analogy.

        October 15, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
        • Apple Bush

          If you don't need help my analogy, you are showing signs of intelligence.

          October 15, 2013 at 5:02 pm |
        • AE

          There are people with a higher intelligence than you that believe in God and disagree with your analogy.

          What do you make of that fact?

          October 15, 2013 at 5:06 pm |
        • nope.


          October 15, 2013 at 5:12 pm |
      • Rett

        Didn't Einstein have a similar view? That of course there was an intelligent designer since the universe was intelligent, but that the designer, whoever or whatever it was could not be known by man? Seems like I read that at some point.

        October 15, 2013 at 7:15 pm |
        • R.M. Goodswell

          Spinoza's God is nothing like a conventional deity.

          Neil deGrasse Tyson gave a speech he themed The Perimeter of Ignorance. In it he pointed to a few great and truly brilliant scientists in history- they only invoked god when their ability to solve problems ran out. A few people have been kind enough to post the video in a couple topics...go to youtube and give it a watch.

          October 16, 2013 at 3:44 am |
    • Apple Bush

      If my point is still not clear, consider the universe an earthworm or dust mite lives in compared to your universe. Same universe? I guess. Same world? Nope! All my sarcasm and your sarcasm aside, there are billions of worlds right here on Earth. Does God oversee each invisible aphid? Do we oversee each invisible blood-sucking insect? Was Jack the Ripper really the Nessy, the Loch Ness Monster?

      October 15, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
      • Apple Bush

        If you still need help with my last question, the answer is yes. The Loch Ness Monster was in fact Jack the Ripper. This has been proven using undiscovered evidence. Just like God.

        October 15, 2013 at 5:17 pm |
        • Greene

          Looks like you're the only person that needs convincing with you're question. The rest of us are pretty sure about the existence of God.

          October 15, 2013 at 5:23 pm |
      • Apple Bush

        We are greene? Not on this blog.

        October 15, 2013 at 5:30 pm |
      • Bill Marvel

        Apple - an analogy is not an argument, much less a proof.

        October 16, 2013 at 3:33 am |
    • Bill Marvel

      Apple - I don't know about you, but I'm feeling a little itchy just now.

      October 16, 2013 at 3:18 am |
  5. MattD

    I'm sure you, as a Christ-hater, were one of the ones insisting bin Laden receive an honorable dispatch in accordance with Islamic custom. I believe all people should receive honorable funerals, in accordance with reasonable customs and wants, even the most heinous criminals. That does not mean the person is to be honored, rather acknowledges that the person, who was once brought into the world in the great mystery of birth and was once wholly innocent, has lived his life for better or worse, in this case worse, and now faces the final question.

    October 15, 2013 at 4:48 pm |
    • Ace

      Well said.

      October 15, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
    • Bill Marvel

      Don't know who you're calling a Christ-hater here, MattD. It's a term I'd use with extreme caution. But my sense of Ben Laden's burial is that it was done out of respect for Islam, not for him. As a Catholic, that seems just and fitting to me.

      October 16, 2013 at 3:22 am |
  6. Dave

    If the guy is dead, kaput, gone, who cares what happens to his remains. Send them back to be buried next to his wife. What ever we do in this life is gone when we die. Only God can judge after that and the soul ends up where it ends up. Best thing to do about him is to forget him and move on. Once a person is forgotten they no longer exist.

    October 15, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
    • aldewacs2

      I'd prefer that the oceans not be polluted by his remains.

      October 16, 2013 at 9:21 am |
  7. Yup-erino

    Totally nuts. This guy butchered men , women and children, but granted the dignity of a religious rite signifying what?
    He's forgiven and he'll have a place mat at a table in heaven? Total confused, twisted, beliefs.

    October 15, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Yup, he deserves to spend eternity in hell. How about you?

      October 15, 2013 at 4:39 pm |
      • aldewacs2

        At a time like this I almost wish there was a 'hell' for filth like this to go to.
        But there isn't, and he outlived his victims by several decades. There's the shame. Whoever had a hand in shielding him from earthly justice, even (or especially) if the excuse was that he'll be judged in some 'afterlife', deserves derision.

        October 16, 2013 at 9:24 am |
      • shirley

        Spending an eternity in hell , what dose it prove. Dose it make you feel better. Dose it bring those people back. NO !!!! They are still dead and I'm indifferent to this man. Out of respect for yourself. Give him a proper burial. Then forget he ever was.

        October 17, 2013 at 6:30 pm |
    • Ace

      "Totally nuts. This guy butchered men, women and children, but granted the dignity of a religious rite signifying what?
      He's forgiven and he'll have a place mat at a table in heaven? Total confused, twisted, beliefs."

      You proclaim your disgust, your disbelief. Bark, bark. What did you do about it? Voiced your opinion. The dignity was given by those who chose to give. By them, he was forgiven. What proof have you that he will have a "place mat at a table in heaven"? What proof have you that by giving one as such forgiveness, gets them into heaven in the first place?

      October 15, 2013 at 5:14 pm |
    • Bill Marvel

      Yup - and not the beliefs of anyone commenting here, so far as I can tell.

      October 16, 2013 at 3:23 am |
  8. Marshall Moushigian

    Richard Williamson, a bishop who denied the tragedy that befell the Jews during WWII, has been lambasted for his remarks. Yet if one denies the Armenian Genocide, then, at least in America, they are a patriot – hypocrisy and double standards, and shame all around. Of course, as April 24, 2015 fast approaches and the Armenian community and its throngs of supporters prepare to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first genocide of the 20th century, and the model for those that followed, especially the events of WWII, we will hear a lot more of this issue, and we will discover many more Richard Williamses.

    October 15, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
  9. asdf

    Bet the Catholic Church is grateful this guy didn't die on the last pope's watch. That would have been a PR disaster.

    October 15, 2013 at 4:31 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Why? The Catholic church isn't burying him.

      October 15, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
    • aldewacs2

      It's unfortunate, and in a sense unfair, that Catholics in the present day have to answer for this animal's past deeds.
      If there's blame, it lies in the past: why was this sinister character shielded from earthly punishment, and who did the shielding? It's not clear to me that they were "all" Catholics.

      October 16, 2013 at 9:27 am |
  10. Robyn

    Clearly, the Society of St. Pius X wishes to clothe itself in the garb of vicious, genocidal animals.
    Who are we to argue with what they are? You are known by the company you keep, and if your
    friends are vile, mass-murderers of children; then obviously, they have chosen to be the same brand of filth.
    Hopefully, they can soon join Priebke in his forgotten barrow.

    October 15, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
    • ORChuck

      I seem to recall that Jesus kept company with some "undesirable" people too.

      October 15, 2013 at 4:34 pm |
  11. APO_AE_09173

    The Church should host the funeral-it is God's judgement he faces. All the Church ceremony does is give comfort to his family–people who ARE NOT Nazi war criminals.

    We have no idea how God views this man or his relationship with his Savior. His bad acts do not justify bigotry and hate from others. Try practicing the forgiveness we all HOPE will be showered upon us when we meet our maker.

    October 15, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
    • AE

      Well put. Thanks for sharing.

      October 15, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
    • James

      "Priebke's lawyer was told to hold a "small, private" funeral in the Nazi war criminal's home rather than in a church."

      –Looks like the church's request was violated, instead an elaborate funeral for this man once tied to one of the horrific genocide , took place.

      Yes God is the ultimate judge but where is the compassion and respect for all those people who have been deeply hurt by this horrific genocide?

      There would be no outcry if this was a quiet funeral, the outcry is over the public funeral.

      October 15, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
    • Bill Marvel

      Thank you, APO. A loving response.

      October 16, 2013 at 3:36 am |
  12. Dizzyd

    A fancy funeral and absolution by the pope means nothing to God if you didn't repent of your misdeeds in this life. But if he did truly regret them and tried to make up for them then yeah, I could see it. After all, that's what salvation is really all about – a second chance.

    October 15, 2013 at 4:23 pm |
    • KeninTexas

      Well said.

      October 15, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
    • Answer

      All your silly practices mean nothing to death.

      October 15, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
    • ORChuck

      Mr. Dizzyd correctly observes, "A fancy funeral and absolution by the pope means nothing to God if you didn't repent of your misdeeds in this life."

      On the other hand, all of your misdeeds in this life, no matter the magnitude of them, mean nothing to God if you do repent of them.

      People here are confusing earthy, temporal judgement with God's eternal judgement.

      October 15, 2013 at 4:33 pm |
  13. Religious Guy

    We all know & accept he was a bad guy. We all know and accept what he did was wrong. But that does not mean we have the right to deny him religion. Though I am not happy with what he did, I have no opposition to him being given a Christian burial. He was a Christian and is being Christian burial. Thats it. Why loose sleep over that.

    October 15, 2013 at 4:22 pm |
    • snowboarder

      he's dead. you can't deny a dead man religion.

      October 15, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
      • Turok Buzzkiler

        Dead people no longer exist. There is nothing left of the person who died and no way for them to exist without a body.
        Once shut off for good, the body is just fertilizer, nothing more. The robot program that ran within the central nervous system is shut off completely, never to have any relevance again.
        It is the people still alive who are making a big deal out of nothing. Worshiping dead bodies is something for supersitious idiots to waste their time and money on. There is no magic anything. There is no afterlife, just an ending.
        Ceremonies do absolutely nothing by way of magic. They are just pompously delusional attempts to give emotional therapy to any survivors or whoever is saddled with the burden of disposing of the body(ies).
        People who squabble over dead bodies are not rational. They tend to think they can do magical things by having ceremonies.
        What a waste of time. Mourning is a completely and utterly selfish state of mind. Once you realize this you'll shut up.

        October 15, 2013 at 5:05 pm |
        • Bill Marvel

          Whole lot of assumptions there, Buzz.

          October 16, 2013 at 3:38 am |
    • ORChuck

      Very well-said, Mr. Guy.

      October 15, 2013 at 4:37 pm |
    • Glenn

      Gotta love Christian "morality".

      October 15, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
  14. Arun

    Whis is this a shock. Wasn't it the Catholic church that helped the Nazi's escape prosecution after WW II!!

    October 15, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
    • Valentina

      You didn't read the article, did you? Why is this not a shock?

      October 15, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
    • MattD

      I was a few random priests that helped some random Nazis escape after WWIi. It was the Church leadership that saved between 800,000 and 1,000,000 Jews. What if the other major religions had saved comparable numbers of Jews? And what if the Jews had actually fought rather than lay down?

      October 15, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
      • Bill Marvel

        sYou had me until that last aentence, MattD. It was not only ungracious but untrue. It does a grave wrong to the millions of Jews who lost their lives and a grave disservice to those - of all religions - who sheltered them and tried to save them.

        October 16, 2013 at 3:42 am |
    • Kevin

      Yes, elements of the RCC have a sordid history with hiding some ex-nasis. This shouldn't be an indictment of religion. Didn't secular groups help them escape too? Then we have to say, ugh, secularism.

      October 15, 2013 at 5:02 pm |
  15. paul

    he will answer to a higher authority . now worries.

    October 15, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
    • Answer

      The maggots will equally share his rotting corpse.

      October 15, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
    • aldewacs2

      He should have been 'nailed' while he was young enough to feel the pain of earthly punishment, meted out by rational people. Those who shielded him from punishment are equally to blame.

      October 16, 2013 at 9:31 am |
  16. musings

    It is normal doctrine is it not to bury a practicing Catholic with a Mass? I object to the way the Italians imprisoned someone who committed wartime atrocities. This doesn't have to be a controversy about burying Nazis. It is to me much more about how Italy deals with the wanton killing of its own citizens during wartime, in reprisal for a partisan bomb attack they had nothing to do with. All the people this man killed in the catacomb were political prisoners – a third of them Jews. None were involved in the killing of German troops near the Trevi fountain. I suppose Italians are susceptible to charm and good looks, which this ex-soldier undoubtedly possessed. They let him wander around Rome when he was under house arrest after being extradited. What kind of a funeral he gets is less important than that he was never actually punished for his war crime.

    October 15, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
    • Dan Guerriero

      The Catholic Church has a right to bury who ever they wish. No one is condoning these acts. But if you really believe the ultimate judgment is God's then that is enough. As far as the Italians and Germans, an Italian friend of mine told me that the Blue eyed blonds who grew up in italy are German and Austrian. They did want to fight with the Italians so they considered them inferior. Remember the largest ethic group that fought in World War 11 for America was Italian. As far as the present Catholic Church I was told by Irving Loewen when I was a kid the Church during world war 2 never hurt the Jews. But they also never helped. When you consider the lack of help they, the Vatican, gave molested children I clearly believe nothing was really done to help the Jews by the Church. There may have been some help but the Church in regard to the Jews did nothing to make a difference. In fact they publicly kept their mouth shut. Years later I can see after telling Irving I wanted to be a priest why he told me I would ruin my life and only a twelve year old would believe that story. I never became a priest and the Vatican never helped the Jews. Any dislike by the Jews for the Vatican is easy to see.

      October 15, 2013 at 5:32 pm |
  17. Shaggy

    It's a dead body. Who cares what ritual a cult wants to involve it in? So the cult thinks they can say magic words and give a dead sack of meat eternal life someplace no one has ever seen. Let them. The rest of us can go on living in a non cult ruled, non magic practicing, non Nazi loving life.

    October 15, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
  18. liz

    including hitler.... lol hence why religion is a%$ backwarsds at times.

    October 15, 2013 at 4:10 pm |
  19. QS

    "Deicide" – the act of killing a god

    The contradictions inherent in religion just never seem to stop coming, do they?

    October 15, 2013 at 4:09 pm |
    • EdwardTr

      Thanks, did not notice the irony until you pointed it out.

      October 15, 2013 at 4:58 pm |

      I guess that depends on whether a god is considered mortal....
      Also, the Resurrection is a central tenet of Catholicism. So if SSPX is angered that "the Jews committed deicide" does that not mean that the Passion should not have occurred thus preventing the chance of the Resurrection and therefore preventing the revelation of the true divine nature of Jesus? Without Pilot, Jesus would have been another mortal shouting on a street corner that the end is nigh.

      October 15, 2013 at 5:09 pm |
  20. Cambridge Ray

    Speaking of the Far Right:


    October 15, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
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