September 19th, 2010
07:50 PM ET

Pope praises British for resisting Nazis

Pope Benedict XVI praised Britain Sunday for standing up to the Nazis, a remark that could rekindle controversy over the pope's past - reminding listeners that he was forced as a young man to join the Hitler Youth.

Describing himself "as one who lived and suffered through the dark days of the Nazi regime in Germany," the German-born pontiff said it was "deeply moving... to recall how many of your fellow citizens sacrificed their lives, courageously resisting the forces of that evil ideology."

Later in the day, in an address to the UK's Catholic bishops, the pope invoked the church sex abuse crisis, saying it "seriously undermines the moral credibility of church leaders."

But it was the comment about his youth that was a break from Benedict's usual practice, CNN Senior Vatican Analyst John Allen said.

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  1. okay

    Hahahahaha...the popes a nazi...goes to show you how much of a joke religion is ! Maybe he will order a clensing..only rapist catholics will survive..get ready for ww3..cover ur buttholes

    September 19, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • mmhhmm

      ignorance.

      September 20, 2010 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. DOOOKIE

    n a z i pope

    September 20, 2010 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  3. howzat

    I think he is supposed to be praising...OMG! The BRITISH ARE GOD!!!

    OhhhmightyBritishPeople...hear our fervent prayers! We want ten orders of fish and chips!! ThankyouAmen!

    September 20, 2010 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
    • me

      Not quite sure I understand your post. Because the Pope praises some group they are God? Gee then Paul praising the corinthians made them God. Read your bible. One can praise those who are not God. What nonesense.

      September 20, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. howzat

    OhhhhmightyandwondrousBritish, please do not forget the salt. Thankyouyourhumblefan, howzat.

    September 20, 2010 at 6:02 am | Report abuse |
    • howzat

      ammennnn (sorry!)

      September 20, 2010 at 6:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ehwotsat

    Eh? Did somebody say summat?

    September 20, 2010 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ehwotsat

    Oh, that bloke. Look, ye've got to say it right, yank. Send us a few hunnerd quid, and Bob's yer uncle.
    Can't say fairer'nat eh?
    Wot?
    Aven't got eny?
    Then no fish and chips for you, mate!

    September 20, 2010 at 6:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. phil

    He forgot to thank the Vatican for helping the Nazi's.

    September 20, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. villa

    Read d bible? hahaha how can humans go n obey something written by men not god?

    September 21, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |