I tweeted several comments to Judge Jeanine under the username @theratzpack in re to her weekend opening statement. Judge Jeanine is outstanding in speaking up about the issues of the day. After i tweeted the comments realized they may have been more curt than necessary but it’s not always possible to get intent through a 140 character tweet.* I decided to write this open letter to clarify the intent and what i actually meant. I was not attacking Judge Jeanine or criticizing her. She was very courageous in her speaking out for persecuted Christians.Unfortunately the Obama administration has ignored the crisis much the same as they’ve done every other crisis. I hate to say it, but Pres Bush didn’t give the problem much attention either.Our media barely says boo.
I want to thank Judge Jeanine for speaking up for Christians and giving it the coverage it deserves.I hope she continues. In her opening statement she unknowingly made some mistakes. They’re not uncommon either.
1.Pius XII was not silent during the Holocaust. Anti Catholics make this claim as an attack on the Church and the Papacy.
The Pope was well aware that any public denunciation against Hitler would make things even worse for the Jews. His polices were aimed at saving of the Jews. In fact, that was the same policy followed by the International Red Cross and the World Council of Churches both based in Geneva as well as the one recommended by the International Jewish organizations involved in the rescue operations of Jews. Gerhart Riegner, the representative of the World Jewish Congress in Geneva, accepted the validity of this policy –preferringaction rather than words, as the common goal.
There are several reliable sources that basically say the same thing. Here are 2 books I highly recommend that set the record straight and put the old anti Catholic myth to rest:
2. I am not going to defend the indefensible. The sex abuse scandal came up in the opening statement. I’m amazed that our immoral culture suddenly discovered immorality.A place where they would draw the line and use it to take the moral high ground.Actually some of them took it to attack the Catholic Church and not a real concern for the victims. I am not going to defend the cover up;I am going to give the Church credit for probably being the safest place at this point [going to great lengths to clean house]. Here’s some facts:
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children President Ernie Allen said his organization has received more than 825,000 reports of child abuse and does not see any statistical indication the Catholic Church has a greater prevalence of cases than any other setting — after accounting for the size of the church, the largest Christian denomination in the U.S. and the world.Yet despite a persistent label of “pedophile priest scandal,” Jenkins said, very few of the accused priests were pedophiles, those having abusing children before they reach the age of puberty, about 12 or 13. This in no way makes the acts more defensible, he said, but it demonstrates distorted public perceptions.
(Some of the incidents leaned more towards homosexual behavior than pedophilia.)
3. You mentioned Pope Francis and wished he’d take a more forceful role in helping persecuted Christians. They are being persecuted world wide but particularly in the Middle East by Muslims. They are even persecuted in the United States and have been attacked by the Obama administration. We see what ISIS is doing to Christian communities in Iraq who go back 1k of years. My question is;what CAN the Pope do? For all we know he is doing what he is able behind the scenes,quietly. I am afraid that if the Pope were to speak up forcefully ISIS would definitely retaliate. They are barbaric and it could incite them. I wish our own administration in the U.S. would have stopped ISIS in their tracks but we know the Obama administration isn’t going to do anything at all.
ISIS is brutal.I would put nothing past them.
I am just as disgusted as you for the lack of concern the US and Europe has over the persecution of Christians
That’s why i was so grateful, even with some of the things i questioned in your opening statement, that you were actually one of the few in the news media that has spoken up at all. Stay on it!
“In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.”
– by Martin Niemöller, prominent German anti-Nazi theologian and Lutheran pastor, best known as the author of the poem First they came….
* In case Judge Jeanine Pirro thinks i was attacking her-a fan forum i set up some time ago.http://justiceserved.fullboards.com