When the supreme leader of Catholicism asks a question like this, you have to wonder if he ever reads the Bible. That’s the danger of basing your faith on the traditions of men. It leaves you questioning and blaming God for the sins of men.
Would the Pope prefer that we didn’t have free will? Would he rather we were all robots, with no choice but to act according to God’s word? Hitler and his minions were evil. They chose to do evil the same way terrorists choose to live evil, murderous lives today. It’s tragic that so many died, but there will always be evil men who choose evil over Christ and his plan for our lives. If God had created us with no free will and no choice but to accept and love him, it wouldn’t be real love. God didn’t want the equivalent of an arranged marriage or slavery, he wanted our love to be freely given. It’s not God’s fault that people like Hitler, Saddam Hussein, or even the Catholic church at certain times in its history, chose to pursue power by oppressing, persecuting, and killing others.
Calling himself “a son of Germany,” Pope Benedict prayed at the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz on Sunday and asked why God was silent when 1.5 million victims, mostly Jews, died in this “valley of darkness.”
Ending a four-day pilgrimage to Poland, Benedict, 79, said humans could not fathom “this endless slaughter” but only seek reconciliation for those who suffered then and those who now “are suffering in new ways from the power of hatred.”
A better question might be, why were so many nations and peoples quiet for so long while millions died? Why do so many people believe that Saddam Hussein should still be in power, murdering and torturing innocent Iraqi’s? How can the Pope be angry at God for not saving the Jews in Nazi Germany when he was, and still is, unwilling to support saving Iraqis from torture and death at the hands of one of today’s evil dictators?