Joseph Goebbels is often credited, probably wrongly, with saying “If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.”
I doubt if the Pope, Joe Ratzinger, cares who came up with the line, but he seems determined to prove it true.
On Thursday October 27th, at an event billed as “25th Assisi World Day Of Prayer For Peace: Joys, Blessings And Hopes”, Ratzinger repeated a lie that he told last September during his paid holiday in the UK, namely that the concentration camp atrocities of World War 2 were the fault of unbelievers, saying that they showed “with utter clarity the consequences of God’s absence.”. It isn’t even likely that Ratzinger sincerely believes this, since he is well placed to know that his church was the first international body to make a treaty with Nazi Germany, before any actual nations had a chance to. Also, as a member of the Hitler Youth organisation, albeit a reluctant one, he would have been all too aware of the religious rhetoric used by the Fuhrer.
Another claim made by Ratzinger, and other people of faith, is that honesty is a virtue, and that lying is wrong.
It’s a pity he doesn’t seem able to practice what he preaches.