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Posted on 10/10/2008 7:01:32 AM PDT by Publius804
Blessed Pius XII? But First of All, Get Him Right
The rabbi of Haifa protests, and "La Civiltà Cattolica" bridles. But the beatification of Pope Eugenio Pacelli continues to draw near. And history will also have to do him justice, according to Paolo Mieli, a secular Jew, in "L'Osservatore Romano"
by Sandro Magister
ROMA, October 10, 2008 Celebrating the Mass for the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Pius XII yesterday at St. Peter's, Pope Joseph Ratzinger invited all to pray "that his beatification cause may proceed smoothly."
It was Paul VI himself, in the hall of Vatican Council II, who proposed the beatification of Pius XII, together with that of John XXIIII. It was November 8, 1965, and Pope Eugenio Pacelli was already the target of mounting accusations that he had collaborated, through his silence, in the Nazi extermination of the Jews: these accusations achieved worldwide prominence through the play "The Vicar" by Rolf Hochhuth, performed for the first time two years earlier in Berlin.
Since then, the beatification cause of Pius XII has crossed paths with the controversy over his silence. On May 8, 2007, the Vatican congregation for the causes of saints voted unanimously in approval of "the heroic virtue" of Pope Pacelli, the last step before the beatification process properly speaking. But so far, Benedict XVI has not signed the decree. A study commission has been charged with making further investigations, also on the basis of documents held in the Vatican archives but not yet accessible to the public.
Opposition to the beatification of Pius XII has been expressed repeatedly in recent years by some representatives of Judaism. These include the current chief rabbi of Rome, Riccardo Di Segni.
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