Pope asks why God was silent at Auschwitz

From Yahoo! News:

Rain fell sporadically over Auschwitz until the main ceremony, when the skies cleared and a rainbow appeared.

Benedict said it was almost impossible, particularly for a German Pope, to speak at such a horrible place.

“The place where we are standing is a place of memory and at the same time, it is the place of the Shoah,” he said.

“In a place like this, words fail. In the end, there can only be a dread silence, a silence which is a heartfelt cry to God — Why, Lord, did you remain silent? How could you tolerate all this?”

“Where was God in those days? Why was he silent? How could he permit this endless slaughter, this triumph of evil?”

Hmmmm, yes, I wonder……….


  1. OK, this comes from limited knowledge of the new(er) Pope, but…
    K, the guy was Nazi Youth. To his credit, we are to believe that he had no choice and he didn’t believe in it, but was forced.
    Now, doesn’t the Vatican scour the globe for Popes? Aren’t they supposed to be more human than a human?
    Now, in the spirit of the sanctified, shouldn’t this man, even in his youth, have been of the annointed power to say no? To say I’d rather go to a gas chamber than be a Nazi?
    Which begs the question: if he’s Pope worthy, what is it worth to be a Pope? Or, further, what is it to worship reformed Nazi youth?

  2. I think that the question might have been:

    “Why was the Catholic Church silent during Auschwitz”.

    It would have been more appropriate for the Pontiff to apologize on behalf of the Catholic Church for turning a blind eye.

  3. He should of explained how all that Nazis gold got in the camps turned up in the Popes coffers.And why after 50 years of rooting it out,a few Jews have been able to trace the gold and successfuly got the Pope to give it back.As for joining up in the I love the fuehrer club ,guess his god wanted it that way,like the camps?At the same time God chose men like Karl Barth to preach against Hitler
    We need more K.Barths/Mother Teresa’s and their type even if we don’t agree on religion.

  4. I agree with last post. It is very very obtrusive to me, that pope asks questions like this.
    Pope Pius collaborated with nazis and that is a fact… visiting Auschwitz with this sort of “questions” is a pure blasphemy.

    In my country church sent resistant fellows to concentration camps and now all the sudden they pretend they were the good guys. But we shall never forget!

  5. it is really out of context:

    you should also includes this part of the news:
    “Benedict, one of the Church’s leading theologians, said humans could not “peer into God’s mysterious plan” to understand such evil, but only “cry out humbly yet insistently to God — ‘rouse yourself! Do not forget mankind, your creature!”

    and reuters should includes the full talk of Benedict, and his responses of those questions (wich are in the holy bible):

    ‘Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

    Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit,

    teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” ‘

    see: Matthew 28,20

    pd:apologies for my bad written english

  6. o ha ha. maybe no one heard him. maybe he should, o i dont know, SPEAK THE F UP! im so tired of christians giving god credit for every good thing that happens, and then when something bad happens, they say soothing, meaningless shit like “we can’t understand god’s plan” and “god doesnt make bad things happen, he just lets them”(what the hell is the difference?).to me, god is like a precocious infant, pulling the cat’s tail and torturing the poor thing(the cat is all of us, see) and is in dire need of a spanking for bad behavior. instead, we worship such a being? i’d laugh at this, really, but it’s just too sad. sad that we are wasting our lives consumed with what’s (not) coming after it instead of trying to make the planet and its inhabitants better and happy the short time we’re here.

  7. I love to read the books that Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote, and one of my favorites is, “The Cost of Discipleship.” God was not silent during the WWII. There were people speaking up. The church, in its undying complacency and self-interest, didn’t listen.

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