In the Holy See and the Holy Places, I stated that:
"The first crusade to capture the sacred city of Jerusalem and the Holy Land from the Muslims, launched in 1095 by Pope Urban II, may seem like ancient history to most, but to the Vatican, with it relentless purpose and millennial views, the ownership of Jerusalem has never been off the agenda.
"Ever since the eventual failure of the Knights militant, the Church has waged relentless political and spiritual warfare for possession of the Holy Places. The profoundly complex history of this war defies simple description here, but its energizing principle is profoundly simple : the Christian primacy of the Bishop of Rome.
"Tactics have changed according to century and circumstance - they have certainly adapted magnificently to the modern trend towards pious platitudes about freedom of religion, peace and justice - but the ultimate goal has never changed, and never will until victory or doomsday.
"To this, and every other end, the Vatican invokes tradition, custom, and previous judicial decisions to establish ever-more demanding and encroaching treaties and agreements with civil authorities under a voluminous spiritual cloak of piety, peace, ecumenism and universal brotherhood which amply conceals their very temporal and millennial aspirations to universal power and solo sovereignty over the entire world, supposedly in the name of 'Jesus Christ.'
"And the epicentre of that world is not Rome but Jerusalem."
Since writing the Holy See and the Holy Places, further evidence of the Holy See's plans for Jerusalem has been unearthed:
A Time Magazine article dated Monday, July 8, 1940 entitled "Pope to Get Jerusalem"
.."To Il Duce (Mussolini) went a telegram from 30 Italian Bishops, urging him to crown "the unfailing victory of our Army" by planting the Italian flag over Jerusalem. In England, the Manchester Guardian reported that the Axis powers plan to turn Palestine over to the jurisdiction of the Vatican and transport Palestine's Jewish population to Ethiopia.
Under the plan, said the Guardian, the Pope will care for the holy places in Palestine, let Italy run the country."
In March, 1943, Archbishop Angelo Roncalli (the apostolic delegate to Turkey and later Pope John XXIII) transmitted a request from the Jewish Agency for Palestine that the Vatican intervene with the Slovak government to permit a thousand Jewish children to emigrate to Palestine.*
The request was handled by Msgr. Dominico Tardini, the Vatican's Under Secretary of State, who responded that:
"The Holy See has never approved the project of making Palestine a Jewish home...Palestine is by this time more sacred for Catholics than...for Jews."
As Rubenstein and Roth conclude in Approaches to Auschwitz:**
"This response and others of a similar kind indicate that, at the time, the Vatican took a political stand on Palestine on the basis of a religious position at least as old as the First Crusade, namely, the idea that Palestine was Christ's patrimony."
Rubenstein and Roth do not, however, question the right of the Pope to claim "Christ's Patrimony." (See our series Apostolic Succession)
The Popes have asserted authority over Jerusalem through their false claims to Apostolic Succession and Papal Primacy, but what does the Bible say?
The Bible tells us that the City where God has put his name, Jerusalem, belongs to God and God alone will appoint its earthly ruler. (Psalm 2:4-6)
In its breathtaking arrogance, the Vatican does not hesitate to defy even God! (see The Two Thrones)
Well, we will see...we may perhaps also see what facts we can uncover about the Vatican's unflagging support for 20th Century Fascism...
* Actes et Documents du Saint Siège relatifs à la Seconde Guerre Mondiale, Vol 9, No. 272. (Acts and Documents of the Holy See related to the Second World War is an eleven-volume collection of documents from the Vatican historical archives compiled by Jesuit historians Pierre Blet, Angelo Martini), Burkhart Schneider, and Robert Graham.)
** Roth, J.K. and Rubenstein, R.L., Approaches to Auschwitz, 2nd Ed. published by Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, Kentucky, 2003, pp. 275.