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Sunday, January 15, 2006

Dirty hands

Yossi Melman, Haaretz, January 15:

"It is possible that within a short time a court in the United States will prohibit the publication of the account before us. In the meantime, Haaretz has obtained the testimony given last month by William Gowen, a former intelligence officer in the United States Army, at a federal court in San Francisco. The testimony contains historical and political explosives. It links Giovanni Battista Montini, who later became Pope Paul VI, to the theft of property of Jewish, Serb, Russian, Ukrainian and Roma victims during World War II in Yugoslavia.

"Many studies and stories have already been written about the thundering silence of Pope Pius XII, who reigned in the Vatican during World War II. Now the former intelligence officer's testimony has revealed that after the war, Montini, who during the war served as the Vatican's deputy secretary of state under the pope, helped hide and launder property that had been stolen from, among others, Jews and was involved in the sheltering and smuggling of Croatian war criminals, such as the leader of the Ustashe movement, Ante Pavelic."

3 Comments:

Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

Pope Pius XII, soon to be renamed Pope Evil Criminal Bastard I.

Monday, January 16, 2006 12:42:00 am  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

Or typical head of the largest catholic organization on earth. The Head of the Catholic church has often been directly linked with scandal.

Monday, January 16, 2006 1:57:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

That's an understatement Ibraham. Teh Catholic church is undoubtedly the most corrupt and criminal institution in modern history.

The Vatican has been connected to everythign from organised crime, to being responbsible for the worst human rights abuses, and all manner of dark activities.

If there was ever proof of money buying credibility, the Cathilic church would be it.

Monday, January 16, 2006 2:15:00 pm  

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