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    Pope wanted to keep Jewish children in the fold
    By John Hooper
    And the current pope wants to cannonise this human piece of crap?

    Damn bastards!



    December 30, 2004

    Pope Pius delivers a blessing in this photo taken in 1945.
    Photo: AP

    The Vatican secretly instructed the Catholic Church in France not to return Jewish children to their families after the Second World War, according to a recently discovered Vatican letter.

    The children were entrusted to the church to save them from German death camps. But if the parents survived and came forward to reclaim their children, they were only to be returned "provided (they) have not received baptism", the Vatican ordered.

    The instructions, in a letter dated October 20, 1946, were sent by the Vatican department responsible for church discipline to the future Pope John XXIII, Angelo Roncalli, who at that time was papal envoy in Paris. The letter was published yesterday by the Italian daily Corriere della Sera.

    The letter ends with the words: "Please note that this decision has been approved by the Holy Father." This may well have been a warning to the then Monsignor Roncalli who, in his previous job as papal ambassador in Istanbul, was suspected by some in the Vatican of an excessively pro-Jewish outlook.

    The letter deals a new and crushing blow to the reputation of the wartime pope, Pius XII.

    Research for a film released two years ago by the documentary filmmaker Aviva Slesin concluded that fewer than 10 per cent of the 1.5 million Jewish children living in Europe in 1939 survived the conflict. In a desperate attempt to save their children, many parents made arrangements with Christian couples or left them in orphanages.

    The Vatican's letter indicates Pope Pius wanted to obstruct and minimise the return of those children who had been put in the church's care.

    "Children who have been baptised may not be entrusted to institutions that are not in a position to guarantee them a Christian upbringing," it said. The position with regard to unbaptised Jewish children was more complicated.

    Vatican officials ruled that those who had lost their parents ought not to be entrusted to "persons who have no rights over them". Only where the parents had re-emerged to claim their children was it permissible for them to be handed back and even then only if they had not been baptised.

    The revelation represents a fresh setback for the cause of Pius XII's canonisation. The present Pope is known to have wanted to beatify his predecessor as a first step towards declaring him a saint. But this was halted by articles, books and films questioning Pius XII's failure to speak out publicly against Nazism and, in particular, the Holocaust.

    - Guardian

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