Pope's Auschwitz Helplessness

28 May 2006 |

Pope Benedict XVI, during his visit to Auschwitz said, "In a place like this, words fail; in the end, there can be only a dread silence, a silence which itself is a heartfelt cry to God: Why, Lord, did you remain silent? How could you tolerate all this?"

Over the next few days, months and years -- many are going to write more about what the Pope uttered at Auschwitz. The real meaning, the hidden meaning or the complete nonsense.

Benedict, a German himself, has had to use the papal propaganda machinery to sanitise his Nazi Past.

There is Darfur and Iraq that should remind the Pope of his Auschwitz helplessness.