Vatican Trying To Remake Image Of ‘Hitler’s Pope’

This fascinates me.  Question is will the Vatican be able to make it work.  History is hard to re-write.  One might try and spin it, but one can not re-do it.  I know there will be many folks in heaven, but not all the popes will be there.  Such as Pius XII.

Defenders of wartime pope Pius XII have ”nice surprises” in store, the keeper of the Vatican’s secret archives said Thursday.

The controversial pope, who has been criticised for not speaking out clearly against the Holocaust, ”even ran personal risks” to save Jews, said Msgr Sergio Pagano, Prefect of the Secret Archives.

”When the archives can be published there’ll be some nice surprises,” he said.

”I can’t tell you any more,” Pagan said, fending off eager reporters during a press conference on Galileo.

”You’ll have to wait five to six years,” when the archives are scheduled to be ready for release, he said.

Pagano’s statement did not change the expected release date of 2014-2015 for the archives, which are currently being collated.

Pagano stressed that Pope Benedict XVI, a staunch defender of his precedessor, will have the final word on publication. Many Jews insist a full verdict on the pope, who is up for sainthood, would only be possible when those archives are opened.

The Vatican has been building evidence of how Pius helped Jews in Italy – although may Jewish organisations will still not accept the argument that he kept silent on the Shoah for fear of provoking the Nazis into even greater savagery.

How You See This Blog Depends On Computer

It has come to my attention recently that some of my readers see my blog designed a bit differently than I do at home, or at a college computer.  A friend told me that there was some bright yellow on her screen that was hard to look at.  Neither of our home computers  show such a color.  So after getting a screen shot from her, and then making  a slight change to the the design of my blog, I think that matter has  now been resolved.  (Do I aim to please, or what?) There is now a more muted, but pleasant yellow that some readers will see.

My friend (perhaps you too) will see this on the screen….

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while I (and perhaps others) will see this.

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Either way it is still the same old liberal……no wait….that is what the critics say.

Governor Mark Sanford’s Mental Health Topic Of Concern

For the past week I have made it a new habit to check in with the latest addition to my faves stored on the computer.   The State is South Carolina’s essential newspaper, and has demonstrated that to be true every day since the Governor Sanford story broke about his Argentine lover.  There is an intensity to this poltical drama that gravitates me to this newspaper for the latest news about this scandal, and the fallout it is creating.

So here I am today reading the paper, and there is a news story with an angle I have never before seen taken about an elected official, unless I am forgetting, and then a reader can alert me.  There is open specualtion about  the mental condition of Mark Sanford, still the sitting chief executive of South Carolina.   I must say this is incredible, and a direct off-shoot of handling the PR for his affair dreadfully.  No one must be advising him, and lets face it, who would want to.  Still the fact remains that based on his mishandled press conference, and offerings to reporters of additional tidbits, there is now open speculation that this once White House hopeful might be short a basketful in the head.  No more reason to explain why this story is so politically alluring.

Gov. Mark Sanford is acting like a love-struck teenager.

Or, maybe he has a deeper personality disorder, some experts speculate.

As the saga of Sanford and his Argentine lover continues, the public, the governor’s political rivals and some allies are speculating about the governor’s mental stability and whether he’s able to lead the state.

While mental health experts are reluctant to pin a diagnosis on the governor, their observations of his behavior suggest a chemical imbalance, narcissism and impulsive behavior.

Sanford has not sought professional mental health treatment, said Joel Sawyer, the governor’s spokesman.

But some fellow politicians are saying the governor needs help.

“That’s a troubled man,” said Sen. Harvey Peeler, R-Cherokee, a longtime Sanford ally who this year became frustrated at Sanford’s refusal to take federal stimulus money. “You can see it in his eyes and his body language. I’m concerned about his mental well-being.”

John Crangle, executive director of Common Cause South Carolina, called Sanford “delusional” and said it was obvious the governor has “serious mental problems.”

“The idea that he could carry on this relationship and at the same time be governor, run the Republican governor’s association and have presidential aspirations, it shows an individual who has lost contact with reality,” said Crangle, who has worked as a divorce lawyer. “He sees no limitations. He can do what he wants.”

One prominent Republican who is close to Sanford and has been in regular contact with him also has questioned the governor’s well-being. “When your support is evaporating but your resolve (to stay in office) is increasing, that’s a bad combination,” said the source, who did not want to be identified.

Peeler cites the governor’s mental state as one more reason he should resign. Crangle said Sanford should at least take a leave of absence and get a psychiatric evaluation.