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The Legend of The Assassini QUESTION from Michael R. McDermitt October 29, 2000 Greetings.
I have been researching The Church for inspiration in my musical endeavors,i.e. lyrics, ballad ideas, etc, and I've come across very disturbing references to a group of priests who were used during Nazi Germany's occupation of Paris during WW2. I find, through further explorations, that the Pope was double-dealing both sides ( Axis/Allies ) and that the priests who decried such actions were eliminated in many, many devious manners.
As a former altar boy ( Father Hardy, St. Annes Parish, Ortonville, Michigan ) I was tempted to take vows and devote my life to the Church, and it's doctrines. Upon the access of the aforementioned items, I also came across the methods of how The Church acquired it's vast power and influence.
My question is this: Are the Assassini a real entity? I await any information you might be willing to impart.
ANSWER by Mrs. Suzanne Fortin, B.A. on November 4, 2000 Dear Mr. McDermitt
I'm sorry I have not been able to find any information about such a group of priests. If there are any readers who are familiar with this allegation, they are invited to post what they know, preferably with a reference. Until then, I will certainly keep my eye out for relevant information. If you would like to provide a reference for this story, I would be happy to take a look at it and tell you what I think.
I can certainly tell you, however, that Pope Pius XII was not the kind of person who engaged in double-dealing or who eliminated priests, whatever that might mean. He absolutely detested the Nazi regime, and the Nazis knew it. There is no reason to believe he would have co-operated with them for questionable purposes.
As for your relationship with the Faith: I invite you to read more in depth about the basis of our faith, and the reasons for believing. No doubt there have been bad Catholics at every level of society from popes right on down. However, we do not belong to the Church because the other members are good or bad. We belong to the Church because we believe Jesus established it and commissioned her to teach the Faith with his guarantee of protection from all doctrinal error.
Thank you for your question.
God Bless, Suzanne Fortin
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