The pope’s visit to the Holy Land
THE Vatican insists that the visit of the pope to the Holy Land is not political.
Apart from the fact that the Vatican is a political entity and that the papacy
is essentially a political power, it is clear that many Israelis and Palestinians
perceive the visit as political, and are manoeuvring to gain political advantage
from it. While the papal nuncio claims that the visit is a "personal pilgrimage" and
should be seen on a moral, not a political level, the pope would be acting
out of character if he did not have the objective of enhancing the papacy and
strengthening its influence. The pope’s aim, said the nuncio, "is to act in
the moral sphere to create a new consciousness which could solve a political
problem". That does not square with the report that the pope has become "the
instant hero of the Palestinian people after he plunged into the political
cauldron of the Middle East with what amounted to a stinging indictment of
Certainly, the Vatican is looking at ways in which to whitewash its past
complicity in the Holocaust. But we are sure that the hope of the Israeli Chief
Rabbi will not be realised: that the pope’s visit will end the debate on the
papacy’s public silence during the Holocaust – a cause of continuing bitterness
in Israel. The Rabbi fondly hopes that "the pope’s request for forgiveness
will be stronger than ever."
The Vatican will not cease to interfere the affairs of other states until
the day comes, as it surely will, when the papal antichrist will be destroyed
by the power of Christ, the King of nations.
Rome’s "apology" for the past
THE farce of the pope publicly confessing the sins of the papacy and praying
for forgiveness took place in Rome on Sabbath, 12th March. We say farce, because
of course, the basis on which the papacy expects forgiveness is not the atoning
sacrifice of Jesus Christ but its own act of so-called confession, and its
claim that this act is one of "courage and humility".
As for confessing the papacy’s complicity in the Holocaust, the term Holocaust
conspicuous by its absence. The pope’s prayer of general statements was a far
cry from the Scripture requirement that we be specific in confessing our sins.
Sad to say, however, such is the spiritual blindness which prevails, that the
prayer is applauded as brave and otherwise commendable. It is, in fact, all
part of the papacy’s activity of deceiving the nations.
For all his plausible words about praying for reconciliation between nations
and religions, the pope and the whole papal hierarchy remain the determined
enemies of biblical Protestantism, which continues to be under their condemnation
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