The truth is, according to his own autobiography [Milestones: Memoirs
1927-1977] that Ratzinger was enrolled in the Hitler Youth in the early 1940s,
and did not resist the Nazi draft, choosing to join Hitler's army in 1943.
Church Names ex-Nazi as Pope
The Roman Church Defends its Immense Riches by Supporting Fascism Worldwide
The new Pope Benoit 16, the German Cardinal Ratzinger, is a former
The truth is, according to his own autobiography [Milestones: Memoirs 1927-1977]
that Ratzinger (along with his brother) was enrolled in the Hitler Youth in
the early 1940s, and did not resist the Nazi draft, choosing to join Hitler's
army in 1943 rather than claim status as a conscientious objector (as Jehovah's
Witnesses did in Ratzinger's home town). Ratzinger never made any attempt to
assist the Resistance to Fascism in Germany.
The previous Pope, John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla) has also been accused
of being a Nazi collaborator, even before he entered the church. Ratzinger explicitly
referred to the fact, saying John Paul II's funeral mass, that Wojtyla "worked
in a chemical factory during the war," as he recited a brief biography.
Wojtyla (John Paul II) worked in Nazi-occupied Poland for I.G. Farben's Solvay
Drugs. One of the factory's products was cyanide, or Zyklon B gas, which was
sold to Nazi death camps such as Auschwitz. Wojtyla, who had also been an actor,
is said to have entered the priesthood in November 1946 to escape possible arrest
and prosecution as a war criminal.
Church Silent During the Holocaust
World War II-era pope Pius XII, aka "Hitler's Pope," failed to once
condemn the historic crime of industrial genocide of Jews and others under Naziism.
The best witness of the Pope's silence is a statement by Nazi Germany's ambassador
to the Vatican, Baron von Weizsacker. Weizsacker stated that the pope (Pius
XII) had not "allowed himself to be carried away into making any demonstrative
statements against the deportation of the Jews... [and that] he has done all
he could, in this delicate question as in other matters, not to prejudice relationships
with the German government. Since further action on the Jewish problem is probably
not to be expected here in Rome, it may be assumed that this question, so troublesome
to German-Vatican relations, has been disposed of."
Catholic-Fascist Regime in Croatia
Following the Nazi invasion and dismemberment of Yugoslavia in April 1941,
the Independent State of Croatia was established as a clerical-fascist state
under the rule of the Croatian fascist party, the Ustashe. Some 700,000 Serbs,
Jews, Romas and other anti-fascists were killed in the Jasenovac death-camp
complex, while many more were killed in smaller camps or in local massacres.
While the Ustashe regime set about to racially exterminate all Serbs, Jews and
Romas living within its borders, it also carried out a systematic policy of
plundering the assets of these three nationalities. These looted assets, the
property of millions of people, were never recovered. The bulk of it was smuggled
out of Croatia at the end of the war to the Vatican, and from there to still
The Vatican responded to lawsuits seeking to reclaim looted assets
by declaring itself immune to prosecution by virtue of its statehood.
See the following article excerpt:
Vatican's Claim to Statehood used to Avoid Lawsuit
November 28, 2000
The Vatican's bank has asked a U.S. court to throw out a lawsuit charging it
with laundering gold and other assets stolen by a [Catholic] Nazi puppet regime,
arguing that the Vatican has immunity because it is an independent state.
In fact, the Church has consistently supported fascist regimes throughout
modern history, in central and South America, in the USA and elsewhere, just
as it has always supported the forces of reaction, in order to protect and increase
its vast riches.
"The Catholic church is the biggest financial power, wealth accumulator
and property owner in existence. She is a greater possessor of material riches
than any other single institution, corporation, bank, giant trust, government
or state of the whole globe. The pope, as the visible ruler of this immense
amassment of wealth, is consequently the richest man in the world. No one can
realistically assess how much he is worth in terms of billions of dollars."
St Peter's Basilica is the Vatican's most famous building, adjoined
by the papal palace with more than 1,000 rooms.
The historic edifice with fortress walls dating back to the 16th or 17th centuries
gained independent status in 1929 after the conclusion of Lateran Pacts with
Italy. On February 11, Pope Pius XI and Benito Mussolini created the Vatican
in its current dimensions and secured additional sovereignty rights and properties.
The Vatican's total assets are a well-kept secret but one which is the topic
of much speculation... They include [priceless] works of art and palaces and
properties which for the most part cannot be sold. Large parts of the Vatican's
assets are in securities and gold reserves.
19 April 2002
• The Vatican Bank, Istituto per le Opere di Religione ... ["Institute
for Religious Works"! does not reveal financial data and records are kept
only for 10 years*.] Profits and dividends are paid directly to the Pope. It
enjoys the status of a central bank and has a dealing room adorned with crucifixes
and papal portraits where 20 traders work.
• The 20,000 parishes in America [alone] had revenues of $7.5bn (£5.18bn)
• In the 1980s the Vatican Bank was forced to pay $241m for its part
in the collapse of Banco Ambrosiano. Roberto Calvi, "the Pope's banker"
who dealt with the failed bank, was found hanging from a rope beneath Blackfriars
See also THE VATICAN BILLIONS by Avro Manhattan.
"The Vatican has large investments with the Rothschilds of Britain, France
and America, with the Hambros Bank, with the Credit Suisse in London and Zurich.
In the United States it has large investments with the Morgan Bank, the Chase-Manhattan
Bank, the First National Bank of New York, the Bankers Trust Company, and others.
The Vatican has billions of shares in the most powerful international corporations
such as Gulf Oil, Shell, General Motors, Bethlehem Steel, General Electric,
International Business Machines, ... etc. ..
"In a statement published in connection with a bond prospectus, the Boston
archdiocese listed its assets at $635 million ($635,891,004), which is 9.9 times
its liabilities. This leaves a net worth of 571 million dollars ($571,704,953).
It is not difficult to discover the truly astonishing wealth of the church,
once we add the riches of the twenty-eight archdioceses and 122 dioceses of
the U.S.A., some of which are even wealthier than that of Boston.
"Some idea of the real estate and other forms of wealth controlled by
the Catholic church may be gathered by the remark of a member of the New York
Catholic Conference, namely 'that his church probably ranks second only to the
United States Government in total annual purchase.' Another statement, made
by a nationally syndicated Catholic priest, perhaps is even more telling. 'The
Catholic church,' he said, 'must be the biggest corporation in the United States.
We have a branch office in every neighborhood. Our assets and real estate holdings
must exceed those of Standard Oil, A.T.&T., and U.S. Steel combined. And
our roster of dues-paying members must be second only to the tax rolls of the
United States Government.'
"The Catholic church, once all her assets have been put together, is the
most formidable stockbroker in the world. The Vatican, independently of each
successive pope, has been increasingly orientated towards the U.S. The Wall
Street Journal said that the Vatican's financial deals in the U.S. alone were
so big that very often it sold or bought gold in lots of a million or more dollars
at one time.
"The Vatican's treasure of solid gold has been estimated by the United
Nations World Magazine to amount to several billion dollars. A large bulk of
this is stored in gold ingots with the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank, while banks
in England and Switzerland hold the rest. But this is just a small portion of
the wealth of the Vatican, which in the U.S. alone, is greater than that of
the five wealthiest giant corporations of the country. When to that is added
all the real estate, property, stocks and shares abroad, then the staggering
accumulation of the wealth of the Catholic church becomes so formidable as to
Vatican Bank Top 10 Money Laundering Destination
According to one global source, the Vatican is the main destination for over
$55 billion in illegal Italian money laundering and the number 8 destination
worldwide for laundered money, ranked well ahead of such offshore havens as
the Bahamas, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein.
In a recent report by the London Telegraph and the Inside Fraud Bulletin, the
Vatican was named as a top "cut out" country along with the offshore
banking centers of Nauru, Macao, and Mauritius. A "cut out" country
is one whose banking secrecy makes it is all but impossible to trace laundered
funds back to their source.
*The Vatican Bank is desperately resisting a legal action for an accounting
of stolen World War II assets in a San Francisco Federal court (Alperin v. Vatican
Bank) filed by Serb and Jewish Holocaust survivors. Contrary to the above reports,
a declaration filed under penalty of perjury by the Vatican Bank's attorney,
Franzo Grande Stevens, states in part that the Vatican Bank's "fundamental
purpose is to promote pious acts" and that its depositors "are essentially
limited to Vatican state employees, members of the Holy See, religious orders,
and persons who deposit money destined, at least in part, for works of piety."
Stevens also declared to the court that the Pope controls the Vatican Bank and
that bank records are not retained after ten years.
To sum up very simply, the Church is a business. The religious overtones are
ancient marketing. You can see the imitation among the ruling elite today, where
the Rockefellers or George Soros refer to themselves as "philanthropists,"
and W. Bush speaks of "human dignity" and a "A culture of life,"
etc.―even as they operate the Death Machine for their greater profit.
For all its "Big Lie" hypocrisy, the Church's marketing is quite
direct about one thing, which is its metaphor for the faithful as sheep.
JPII A Political Obituary