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Nazi war criminal to get church funeral (courtesy of schismatic sect)

By Daniel Burke and Hada Messia, CNN

ROME (CNN) - The Italian branch of a schismatic Catholic sect with a history of anti-Semitism has agreed to hold a funeral for a convicted Nazi war criminal, despite protests from Jewish groups and the local mayor.

Crowds packed the streets outside San Pio X Church in Albano, a small town south of Rome, chanting "Executioner!" as a hearse carrying Erich Priebke's body entered the compound on Tuesday.

The funeral plans also sparked an outcry in the United States.

"Erich Priebke was a monster," said Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League.

"He does not deserve the dignity and respect of a proper church burial. His body should be cremated and his ashes scattered at sea, without further ceremony.”

Priebke, a former SS captain who served a life sentence for his role in an Italian massacre in 1944, died on Friday.

Priebke was convicted by Italian court in 1998 for helping organize the execution of 335 men and boys in retaliation for attacks on German troops.

After World War II, Priebke escaped to Argentina, where he lived for nearly 50 years. He had planned to be buried near his late wife there, according to his lawyer, Paolo Giachini. But Argentina's foreign minister said it would not accept the remains.

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Burying Priebke in Rome has proved nearly as difficult.

The Diocese of Rome, which is officially headed by Pope Francis but in reality run by other church officials, said in a statement that Priebke's lawyer was told to hold a "small, private" funeral in the Nazi war criminal's home rather than in a church.

"The prayer for the deceased was not denied," the diocese said in a statement, "but rather a different manner for the ceremony was decided."

Priebke's lawyer rejected that proposition, according to the diocese.

But the conservative Society of St. Pius X, whose leaders were excommunicated from the Catholic Church in 1988 for ordaining their own bishops without Vatican approval, agreed Tuesday to hold funeral rites for Priebke.

The Italian chapter acknowledged in a statement Tuesday that Priebke was "controversial" but said he had already been convicted by Italian courts and has the right to a Christian burial.

"A Christian who has been baptized and who has received the sacraments of the Confession and the Eucharist, regardless of what have been his crimes and sins, as he dies reconciling with God and with the Church has the right to have a Holy Mass celebrated at his funeral," the group said in a statement.

The society also said that it "reaffirms our repudiation to any form of anti-semitism and racial hatred."

But the Society of St. Pius X has a long history of controversial statements toward Jews.

Its founder, the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, sharply disagreed with the Roman Catholic Church's softened stance toward other faiths, including Judaism, after the Second Vatican Council in 1962-65.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, the Society of St. Pius X is "mired in anti-Semitism."

"Jews are described in SSPX documents as being cursed by God for the sin of deicide" (killing Jesus), the ADL says in an online report.

"Jews are accused of being in control of world financial and cultural institutions and of plotting to create a 'world empire' or obtain 'world dominion,'" the ADL report continues.

“The Society of St. Pius X never fails fail to shock," Foxman, a Holocaust survivor, said Tuesday. "First, they denied the Holocaust, and now they’re denying the acts of a perpetrator.”

Under Pope Benedict XVI, the Catholic Church tried to bring the ultra-conservative society back into the fold, lifting the excommunication of several bishops and allowing for wider celebration of the Mass in Latin, a favored practice of SSPX.

One of those bishops, Richard Williamson, was later found to have denied elements of the Holocaust, including its death toll of 6 million Jews.

Williamson was convicted of Holocaust denial in a German court and expelled from the society in 2012.

It doesn't look like the breach between the Society of St. Pius X and the Catholic Church will close any time soon.

On Saturday, the Bishop Bernard Fellay, the society's Swiss-born leader, attended a church conference in Kansas City and reportedly said, "The situation of the church is a real disaster, and the present Pope is making it 10,000 times worse.”
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Re: Nazi war criminal to get church funeral (courtesy of schismatic sect)
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2013, 04:48:37 PM »

This bunch, the Society of St. Pius X, is going out of its way to reaffirm its anti-semitism and to cement its schism.

Good thing Priebke didn't die on Benedict XVI's watch.  It would have been a PR disaster, given that Benedict bent over backward to welcome these weirdos back.
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Re: Nazi war criminal to get church funeral (courtesy of schismatic sect)
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2013, 11:38:17 PM »
Priebke's boss, SS Obersturmbannfuehrer Herbert Kappler ws smuggled out of an Italian prison in a suitcase by his wife [he weighed 91 lbs and was dying of cancer. Kappler, an SD officer was Gestapo Chief of Rome when Italian partisans killed 30 members of an SS police battalion marching through Rome.

Hitler ordered Rome destroyed, Himmler wanted several thousand Romans killed in reprisal, but a number of ten to one was eventually decided on. When the Army [and Waffen SS] refused to do the killing, Kappler and his detachment were ordered  to handle it. Kappler, Priebke and the rest of the Gestapo/SD detachment took Jewish prisoners, political prisoners to the Ardeantine Caverns [a catacomb], and shot them in small groups. ALL members of the group participated in the shootings. The entrance toi the caves were then dynamited.

At least three Germans expected top die recovered. This led, as only theGermans could do, to a series of correspondence between Berlin and Rome over who was responsible for the extra 35 bodies [since only 300 dead were authorized]. Kappler was a major figure in at least two movies. In one, "The Red and the Black", he was played by Christopher Plummer. It starred Gregory Peck as a Catholic Monsiegneur working with the underground. The priest Peck played got Kappler's family to Switzerland after Rome fell to the Allies, and converted Kappler to Roman Catholicism in prison, where he visited Kappler regularly.
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Re: Nazi war criminal to get church funeral (courtesy of schismatic sect)
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2013, 01:41:24 AM »
Funeral called off.

Nazi war criminal Priebke's funeral halted amid protests

The funeral service for Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke in Italy has been halted amid angry protests.

More than 500 people in the city of Albano Laziale shouted "murderer" and "executioner", and clashed with Nazi sympathisers, as his coffin passed.

The former German SS officer, who was jailed for life in 1998 over the killing of more than 300 civilians, died under house arrest last week.

His death led to fierce debate over what to do with his body.

That question remains after the funeral was suspended on Tuesday evening.

The exact reason for halt in the ceremony is unclear, although Priebke's lawyer, Paolo Giachini, said it had been stopped because the authorities had prevented friends and family entering.

The agency quoted Mr Giachini as saying that the funeral was "a moment of mourning" that had nothing to do with politics.
Convicted former Nazi SS captain Erich Priebke leaves after attending a mass at a church in northern Rome October 17, 2010. Erich Priebke was allowed to serve his sentence under house arrest in Rome

Priebke was one of the SS officers present during the killing of men and boys at Rome's Ardeatine Caves in 1944, in a reprisal attack ordered by Adolf Hitler for the killing of 33 German soldiers in Rome by resistance fighters.

He died aged 100 and had never apologised for his actions.

The Vatican had issued an unprecedented ban on holding the funeral in any Catholic church in Rome.

Argentina, where Priebke lived for nearly 50 years before being extradited to Italy, has refused to take the body.

But the Society of St Pius X - a Catholic splinter group often accused of having far-right and anti-Semitic leanings - offered to hold the ceremony.

Don Floriano Abrahamowicz, a St Pius X priest, told Italy's Radio 24: "Priebke was a friend of mine, a Christian, a faithful soldier."

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