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  • Pope Defends Pius Against Critics

    01/17/2010 9:52:09 AM PST · by Steelfish · 27 replies · 800+ views
    NYTimes ^ | January 17th 2010
    Pope Defends Pius Against Critics ASSOCIATED PRESS January 17, 2010 ROME (AP) -- Pope Benedict XVI defended his predecessor Pius XII against Jewish critics Sunday, telling the audience at a Rome synagogue that the Vatican worked quietly to save Jews from the Nazis during World War II. Many Jews object to Benedict moving Pius toward sainthood, contending the wartime pope didn't do enough to protect Jews from the Holocaust. The Vatican has maintained that Pius used behind-the-scenes diplomacy in a bid to save Jewish lives. While he didn't mention Pius by name, Benedict told Jewish leaders in the synagogue that...
  • EWTN - World Over Live - January 8 at 8pm - US Congressman Jeff Fortenberry and Pius XII

    01/08/2010 4:03:01 PM PST · by NYer · 1 replies · 259+ views
    EWTN ^ | January 8, 2010 | Raymond Arroyo
    Friday, January 8US Congressman Jeff Fortenberry of Lincoln, Nebraska (via satellite) on the health care reform bill that is about to be discussed in committee in Congress. Gary Krupp, founder and president of Pave the Way Foundation on new evidence of the heroic virtue of Pope Pius XII during World War II.  
  • Pius XII was no saint

    01/03/2010 11:00:10 AM PST · by Gamecock · 460 replies · 6,410+ views
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | January 2, 2010 | Robert S. Wistrich
    Ten years ago, on a cold winter morning in New York City, the Catholic-Jewish Historical Commission, established to investigate Pope Pius XII’s response to the Holocaust, met for the first time to discuss its future work. I was the only Israeli historian among the six scholars (three Catholics and three Jews) designated by the Vatican and leading Jewish organizations to study this hotly contested issue. A little under two years later, the project was abandoned as a result of the Holy See’s unwillingness to release materials from its own archives that could help clarify issues that our team of scholars...
  • Why a Rush to Pius XII Sainthood?

    01/01/2010 2:29:41 PM PST · by presidio9 · 34 replies · 1,152+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 1, 2010 | CELESTINE BOHLEN
    Does the world really need yet another Roman Catholic saint, particularly if that means canonizing one of the most controversial popes in history? By one count, there are already more than 10,000 saints and “beati,” or blessed, accumulated since Roman times, with at least three saints already assigned for every day of the year. That’s just one of several reasons why Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to proceed toward the canonization of Pius XII, the church’s World War II-era pope, was so surprising. Another two miracles to his name, and Pius will have cleared all the hurdles to sainthood, where he...
  • ADL Calls on Pope to Reject Flawed Conclusions of 'Historical Evidence' on Pius XII and the Jews

    12/29/2009 7:31:05 PM PST · by Pope Pius XII · 19 replies · 672+ views
    ADL ^ | December 29, 2009
    Asserting that the conclusions of the so-called "historical evidence" about World II-era Pope Pius XII's actions to save Jews presented to the Pope are seriously flawed, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called on Pope Benedict XVI to reassess the issue in light of his decision to move Pius XII a step closer to sainthood. While Pope Benedict said that evidence presented by the Pave the Way Foundation at its September 2009 conference in Rome showed that Pius had "spared no effort in intervening" on behalf of the Jews, an examination by ADL demonstrated that conclusions of the "historical evidence" are...
  • Friend to the Jews: Pius XII's real wartime record

    12/28/2009 10:31:50 AM PST · by presidio9 · 135 replies · 2,495+ views
    New York Post ^ | December 28, 2009 | GARY L. KRUPP
    A recent papal decree moved Pope Pius XII, among others, closer to sainthood -- returning to the forefront the controversy over his role in World War II and the Holocaust. Growing up Jewish in Queens, I never dreamt I would be defending the man I once believed to be a Nazi sympathizer and an anti-Semite. But my work since 2002 with my wife, Meredith, and the Pave the Way Foundation has led me to this point. We founded Pave the Way to identify and eliminate nontheological obstacles between religions. Thus, despite our early prejudices, we decided to investigate the papacy...
  • US holocaust memorial museum statement on Pope Pius XII

    12/22/2009 11:16:51 AM PST · by markomalley · 30 replies · 705+ views
    At this time, as the possible canonization of Pope Pius XII moves forward, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum repeats its call for the opening of all wartime material from the Vatican archives, so that scholars can finally begin the important work of examining and evaluating this crucial aspect of history. The response of Eugenio Pacelli (Pope Pius XII) to the policies of the National Socialist regime - notably his failure to condemn publicly the genocide of the European Jews - has long been the topic of debate and controversy. At the time of the Holocaust, questions about Pius XII’s...
  • Pope John Paul II Step Closer to Possible Beatification

    12/19/2009 5:53:51 AM PST · by NYer · 27 replies · 769+ views
    Fox ^ | December 19, 2009
    VATICAN CITY —  Pope Benedict XVI has moved Pope John Paul II one step closer to possible beatification, the milestone before sainthood. Benedict on Saturday approved a decree attesting to John Paul's heroic virtues. Benedict still must sign off on a miracle attributed to John Paul's intercession before the late pope can be beatified. Benedict put the Polish pontiff on the fast track for sainthood just weeks after his April 2, 2005 death, waiving the customary five-year waiting period and allowing the investigation into John Paul's virtues to begin immediately. Benedict also approved a decree on the heroic virtues of Pope...
  • Germany’s Catholics: neither cowed nor craven - The Cross and the Third Reich: Book Review

    10/17/2009 3:09:11 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies · 891+ views ^ | 16 October 2009
    Francis Phillips hails a stunning study of Catholic resistance to National Socialism 16 October 2009 John Frain subtitles this book, Catholic Resistance in the Nazi Era and at first glance it might seem a well-trodden path, adding little to what is already known. For instance, negative publicity given to the alleged "silence" of Pope Pius XII during the War has led to a succession of scholarly studies of his attitude and behaviour towards Jewish victims of Nazi persecution. But Frain's terms of reference are wider than this; he examines every level of Catholic opposition to Hitler, particularly in Germany: the...
  • More Proof of Hitler's Plan to Kill Pius XII

    06/17/2009 5:15:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies · 446+ views
    Zenit ^ | 6/16/2009
    New evidence published today by the newspaper of the Italian bishops gives more credence to the belief that Adolf Hitler had planned to either kidnap or kill Pope Pius XII. It has long been conjectured that Hitler had ordered the SS commander in Italy, General Karl Wolf, to seize the Vatican and take the Pope. Dan Kurzman wrote about it in his 1997 book "A Special Mission: Hitler's Secret Plot to Seize the Vatican and Kidnap Pope Pius the XII," which is based on interviews with Wolf himself. Wolf's accounts, however, could never be verified. New evidence published today by...
  • In defense of Pius XII - The Historical Reasons (Catholic Caucus)

    06/12/2009 5:26:46 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies · 320+ views
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 6/9/2009 | Giovanni Maria Vian
    Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) – Upon the gracious consent of the author, we here publish a translation of the Introduction to the book “In difesa di Pio XII – Le ragioni della storia” (“In defense of Pius XII – The Historical Reasons”), written by Giovanni Maria Vian and published by Edizioni Marsilio. Pius XII? A distant pope, with such faded depictions that he is left almost unrecognizable...or deformed by a controversial representation that is so harsh and insistent that it veils the historical reality. This is the image that today prevails of Eugenio Pacelli, elected to the See of...
  • 'Pope Fiction': Pius XII and the Jews

    05/08/2009 4:21:25 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 18 replies · 481+ views
    Renew America ^ | May 7, 2009 | Matt C. Abbott, Patrick Madrid
    Many thanks to Patrick Madrid for granting me permission to reprint in my column the section of his book Pope Fiction titled "Pope Pius XII and the Jews" (pp. 285–306; footnotes are not included in this reprint). Mr. Madrid is an author, radio host, and director of the Envoy Institute of Belmont Abbey College. Pope Pius XII and the Jews By Patrick Madrid Myth: Pope Pius XII was silent in the face of Nazi atrocities against the Jews during World War II, and that silence led to the deaths of many innocent people. If he, as pope, had exercised his...
  • Stop Persecuting Pius -- WWII Pontiff is Branded "Hitler's Pope," But He Did Much to Save the Jews

    05/04/2009 12:36:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies · 649+ views
    The New York Daily News ^ | 5/3/09 | Gary Krupp
    Pope Pius XII, born Eugenio Pacelli, was pontiff during WWII and considered by many one of the greatest heroes of the war. To others, he is simply "Hitler's Pope." The 46-year-old controversy surrounding Pacelli casts a shadow over Pope Benedict's trip this week to the Holy Land. Benedict's visit will include a stop in Israel, where he will pay respects to Holocaust victims at Yad Vashem but refrain from visiting the museum there that features an exhibit critical of Pius. The exhibit includes a photo of the wartime pontiff with a caption that says he failed to protest the Holocaust...
  • Direct order from Pius XII to protect Jews uncovered by researchers

    03/06/2009 1:09:55 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies · 858+ views
    CNA ^ | March 6, 2009
    Pope Pius XII Rome, Italy, Mar 6, 2009 / 01:52 pm (CNA).- Father Peter Gumpel, the promoter of Pope Pius XII’s cause of beatification, revealed this week that he has uncovered new proof of the Pope’s efforts to protect Jews from the Nazis. The evidence consists of a note from the archives of a Roman monastery that includes a direct order from the Holy Father to give shelter to persecuted Jews.In statements to Vatican Radio, Father Gumpel said the note from the archives of the Augustinian Nuns of the Roman Monastery reads: “The Holy Father wishes to save his...
  • Catholic Caucus: How Pius XII defended the Jews

    01/02/2009 6:18:59 AM PST · by GonzoII · 11 replies · 676+ views
    Jesse Romero .com ^ | Jesse Romero MA
    How Pius XII defended the Jews By Jesse Romero   There is a contradiction I wish to explore, beginning with the following two editorials that appeared in the New York Times more than 50 years apart: "The voice of Pius XII in the silence and darkness enveloping Europe this Christmas . . . . He's about the only ruler left on the Continent of Europe who dares to raise his voice at all." (New York Times, Dec. 15, 1941). "A full exploration of Pope Pius's conduct is needed . . . . It now falls to John Paul and his...
  • Israeli expert: Pius XII will become a saint

    10/20/2008 8:13:49 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 580+ views
    Ynet ^ | October 20, 2008 | Roi Mandel
    An Israeli expert believes the Vatican will not be able to pull back from its stance on Pope Pius XII because of mistakes made by Israel.  Dr. Yitzhak Minerbi, an expert on Vatican relations, told Ynet that Israel helped speed up the process of turning the World War II pope into a saint, due to lack of a suitable foreign policy and its failure to honor agreements signed with the leadership of the global Catholic Church. Recent days have seen a rise in tensions in the relations between the Jewish state and the Vatican over an inscription accompanying a photograph...
  • Restoration (B16 dons Roman vestment; honors Pius XII at 50th memorial Mass) [Catholic Caucus]

    10/09/2008 10:38:21 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 477+ views
    WITL ^ | October 9, 2008 | Rocco Palmo
    Leading this morning's memorial Mass on the 50th anniversary of Pope Pius XII's death, B16 donned a Roman vestment in tribute to the Eternal City's last native to become its bishop... and indicated that the movement toward Eugenio Pacelli's beatification continues well apace: Among other things, Benedict prayed aloud that the cause to declare Pius XII a saint “may move forward happily.” Benedict XVI’s comments came in a homily for a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica commemorating the 50th anniversary of the death of Pius XII in October 1958. A reminder of the controversy surrounding Pius came earlier in...
  • Rabbi tells Vatican synod: 'We can't forget'

    10/07/2008 7:13:22 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 38 replies · 769+ views ^ | October 07, 2008 | Philip Pullella
    Rabbi tells Vatican synod: 'We can't forget' Wartime Silence Philip Pullella, Reuters Published: Tuesday, October 07, 2008 VATICAN CITY - The first Jew to address a Vatican synod told the gathering yesterday Jews "cannot forgive and forget" that some major religious leaders during the Second World War did not speak out against the Holocaust. Rabbi Shear-Yashuv Cohen's words, spoken in the presence of Pope Benedict, were a clear reference to Pius XII, the wartime pope who many Jews say did not do enough to help them. "We cannot forget the sad and painful fact of how many, including great religious...
  • Pope: Pius XII Spared no Effort to Save Jews

    09/18/2008 4:09:34 PM PDT · by tcg · 43 replies · 478+ views
    When one approaches the figure of Pius XII "free from ideological prejudices", one must recognize his "courageous and paternal dedication" to saving, wherever possible, the greatest possible number of Jews, which included working "secretly and silently". A congress organized by the Pave the Way Foundation 50 years after the death of Pope Pacelli gave Benedict XVI the opportunity to recall the "historical truth" about Pius XII's efforts to save Jews, which were recognized after the war by many Jewish figures, including 80 delegates of concentration camp survivors. "So much has been written and said" about Pius XII, the pope noted,...
  • Pave the Way Foundation Investigating the Papacy of Pope Pius XII

    01/15/2008 1:51:00 AM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies · 70+ views
    Trans World News ^ | 1/14/2008
    Pave the Way Foundation Investigating the Papacy of Pope Pius XII New York 1/14/2008 03:08 PM GMT (TransWorldNews)   Pave the Way Foundation Investigating the Papacy of Pope Pius XII Pave the Way Foundation (PTWF), a non-sectarian organization founded to remove obstacles between religions in order to foster cooperation and to end the misuse of religion to justify violence and terrorism, has initiated an extremely important project to investigate the Papacy of Pope Pius XII. Identifying the conflicting information about Pope Pius XII’s actions during World War II, a continued source of discord between Jews and Catholics, PTWF has begun...
  • Pope pious?

    06/22/2007 6:55:00 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 27 replies · 454+ views
    Haaretz ^ | Fri., June 22, 2007 | Eliahu Salpeter
    Efforts to canonize Pope Pius XII as a saint of the Catholic Church are in high gear. The pope who reigned during the Holocaust, whose detractors have called him "Hitler's Pope" and defenders say used his moral and political influence to save thousands of Jews, is once again dominating conversations in the Vatican. In recent weeks, both supporters and critics have increased their activities relating to the plan to declare the former pope a saint. While Jewish organizations and figures have called on Pope Benedictus XVI to stop the move, conservative circles in the Vatican have been spreading information intended...
  • Cardinal Bertone on Pius XII (Part 1) - "The Victim of a 'Black Legend'"

    06/06/2007 7:25:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies · 374+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | June 5, 2007
    VATICAN CITY, JUNE 5, 2007 ( Here is a translation of the first part of a speech given today by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone at the presentation of a book by Andrea Tornielli, "Pio XII: Un Uomo Sul Trono di Pietro" (Pius XII: A Man on the Throne of Peter). Parts 2 and 3 of the speech will be published on Wednesday and Thursday. * * * 1. The "Black Legend" For decades now the figure of Eugenio Pacelli, Pope Pius XII, has been at the center of some volatile polemics. The Roman Pontiff who guided the...
  • New Pius XII biography rejects anti-Semitism charge

    05/28/2007 8:12:23 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 164+ views
    Reuters AlertNet ^ | 28 May 2007 | Philip Pullella
    ROME, May 28 (Reuters) - Accusations that wartime Pope Pius XII was an anti-Semite who turned a blind eye to the Holocaust are part of a "black legend" not supported by historical documents, the author of a new biography says. The book by Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli -- his fourth on Pius -- is being published weeks after the Vatican put Pius a step closer to sainthood, a move that angered some Jews. Some Jews have accused Pius, who reigned from 1939 to 1958, of being indifferent to the Holocaust and not speaking out against Hitler. His supporters consider him...
  • How Future Pope Helped Save Jews (Pope John XXIII)

    05/17/2007 5:56:32 AM PDT · by SJackson · 20 replies · 610+ views
    Jewish Week ^ | 5-16-07 | Jay Bushinsky
    How Future Pope Helped Save Jews New book details efforts of Monsignor Roncalli (Pope John XXIII) during the Holocaust. Jay Bushinsky - Special To The Jewish Week Details of the combined efforts to rescue thousands of Jews during World War II by a representative of the Jewish Agency for Palestine and a Catholic cleric, who later became pope, have come to light through a recently published book. Professor Dina Porat of Tel Aviv University, a historian who has written extensively on the Holocaust, gained access to the private papers of Chaim Barlas, who together with Monsignor Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (Pope...
  • Pope Pius XII’s Good Fight

    05/04/2007 10:42:37 PM PDT · by Coleus · 7 replies · 545+ views
    CERC ^ | 04.18.07 | Michael Coren
    Vatican officials threatened last week to boycott a Holocaust Remembrance Service at Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem because of what they claim to be a profoundly misleading account of Pope Pius XII’s response to Nazi anti-Semitism.   Pope Pius XII (1876-1958) They agreed to participate only after last minute diplomacy. Underneath a photo of the wartime pontiff is a caption claiming that the pope “abstained from signing the Allied declaration condemning the extermination of the Jews” and “maintained his neutral position throughout the war.”   As a Catholic, with three Jewish grandparents, I too cringed last summer when I saw this display at the...
  • Pope Pius XII: "Be proud to be a Jew!"

    04/10/2007 2:15:04 PM PDT · by Titanites · 7 replies · 764+ views
    In a remarkable historical find, testimony has emerged revealing that, in 1941, Pope Pius XII received a German Jewish visitor at the Vatican who was seeking help for certain Jews who were being held in an Italian internment camp. After welcoming the young man and promising him help, Pius told him not once but twice--in emotional language, in front of a large group that included German soldiers--"Be proud to be a Jew!"The amazing testimony, written as a first-hand account by an anonymous Jewish author in wartime Palestine, originally appeared on April 28, 1944 in The Palestine Post (now, The Jerusalem...
  • More Evidence Pius XII Was Not Hitler's Pope - German Files Point to a Russian Plot

    04/03/2007 2:32:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 825 replies · 5,912+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 2, 2007
    ROME, APRIL 2, 2007 ( Adolf Hitler's No. 1 enemy was the Vatican's secretary of state, Eugenio Pacelli, future Pope Pius XII, according to documents recently found in Europe. In an article published last Thursday by La Repubblica, reporter Marco Ansaldo announced that he has a dossier on Pius XII that complements documentation found in the Vatican Archives. According to the newly discovered documents, Pius XII was considered an enemy of the Third Reich. Memos and letters unearthed at a depot used by the Stasi, the East German secret police, show that Nazi spies within the Vatican were concerned at...
  • 'Nazi' Pope helped Jews flee Holocaust [When Will Apologies to Begin for Smearing Pius XII?]

    04/01/2007 4:35:01 AM PDT · by Diago · 42 replies · 1,072+ views
    'Nazi' Pope helped Jews flee Holocaust By Malcolm Moore in Rome Last Updated: 1:51am BST 31/03/2007 Pius XII, the wartime pontiff often condemned as "Hitler's Pope", was actually considered an enemy by the Third Reich, according to newly discovered documents.Several letters and memos unearthed at a depot used by the Stasi, the East-German secret police, show that Nazi spies within the Vatican were concerned at Pius's efforts to help displaced Poles and Jews.In one, the head of Berlin's police force tells Joachim von Ribbentropp, the Third Reich's foreign minister, that the Catholic Church was providing assistance to Jews "both in...
  • 'Nazi' Pope helped Jews flee Holocaust

    03/30/2007 5:13:01 AM PDT · by Bahbah · 14 replies · 266+ views ^ | 3/30/07 | Malcolm Moore
    Pius XII, the wartime pontiff often condemned as "Hitler's Pope", was actually considered an enemy by the Third Reich, according to newly discovered documents. Several letters and memos unearthed at a depot used by the Stasi, the East-German secret police, show that Nazi spies within the Vatican were concerned at Pius's efforts to help displaced Poles and Jews. In one, the head of Berlin's police force tells Joachim von Ribbentropp, the Third Reich's foreign minister, that the Catholic Church was providing assistance to Jews "both in terms of people and financially". A report from a spy at work in the...

    02/04/2007 9:00:31 PM PST · by Dqban22 · 172 replies · 2,513+ views
    Pius XII and WWII KGB intent on linking Pius XII with Nazis, says former spy Washington DC, Jan 26, 2007 / 04:18 pm (CNA).- A former high-ranking officer with the KGB claims that the Kremlin and the Russian intelligence agency in the 1960s were set on executing a smear campaign against the Catholic Church, and the main target was Pope Pius XII. In a recent issue of the National Review Online, Lt. General Ion Mihai Pacepa, who eventually defected from the former Soviet bloc, recounts how the KGB and the Kremlin designed the deliberate campaign to portray the Pius XII...
  • Moscow’s Assault on the Vatican

    01/25/2007 1:19:35 PM PST · by Antioch · 4 replies · 389+ views
    National Review ^ | January 25, 2007 | Ion Mihai Pacepa
    The Soviet Union was never comfortable living in the same world with the Vatican. The most recent disclosures document that the Kremlin was prepared to go to any lengths to counter the Catholic Church’s strong anti-Communism. In March 2006 an Italian parliamentary commission concluded “beyond any reasonable doubt that the leaders of the Soviet Union took the initiative to eliminate the pope Karol Wojtyla,” in retaliation for his support to the dissident Solidarity movement in Poland. In January 2007, when documents disclosed that the newly appointed archbishop of Warsaw, Stanislaw Wielgus, had collaborated with Poland’s Communist-era political police, he admitted...
  • "I will not die before I canonize Pope Pius XII"

    02/10/2005 7:25:27 AM PST · by CatherineSiena · 23 replies · 8,694+ views
    Inside the Vatican | Thursday, February 10, 2005 | Robert Moynihan
    Five days ago, we reported that Pope John Paul II was 10 minutes from death the night he was hospitalized (February 1). Now, in the very different context of an 84-year-old Pope on the mend, we consider one of the most controversial issues he will have to face in the months ahead, and reveal that he himself has already, according to our sources, made up his mind on the matter. Our sources tell us they believe that John Paul II, barring an unexpected crisis of the type which just occurred, will live for some time yet (one source suggested the...
  • Vatican urged to halt beatification

    10/27/2006 1:12:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 62 replies · 1,013+ views
    TimesOnline ^ | October 27, 2006 | Richard Owen
    Israel has urged the Vatican to halt procedures putting Pius XII, the controversial wartime Pope, on the path to sainthood. Oded Ben-Hur, the Israeli Ambassador to the Holy See, said: “I am asking the Vatican to block the beatification process for Pius XII.” He added that the process should be halted until archives relating to the Second World War were opened to scholars. Pius XII, formerly the papal nuncio to Germany and later Pius XI’s Secretary of State as Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli, is accused of turning a blind eye to the Holocaust and remaining silent about Nazi anti-Semitism. Mr Ben-Hur...
  • Nun’s efforts may lead to beatification of WWII pope

    09/16/2006 9:37:34 PM PDT · by Coleus · 7 replies · 343+ views ^ | 09.14.06 | ERIC ZENGOTA
    In her new book, “Crusade of Charity: Pius XII and POWs (1939-1945),” Sister Margherita Marchione sets out to correct what she calls “the big lie” that Pope Pius XII did not speak up against Nazi religious policies and did nothing to help save the lives of thousands of European Jews.  She presents overwhelming evidence that not only did he speak out against the Nazis, but also coordinated an international effort to intervene on behalf of Jews and — even more daunting — made the Vatican Information Office the hub of a communications and relief network that connected prisoners of war,...
  • When Jews Praised Pius XII

    06/08/2006 9:44:50 AM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies · 472+ views
    Jewish Press ^ | June 7, 2006 | Dimitri Cavalli
    Pope Benedict’s recent visit to Auschwitz helped rekindle the controversy over the actions of Pope Pius XII during the Holocaust. Although some Jewish leaders and Catholic writers often condemn Pius XII today, the wartime Jewish press had a favorable opinion of the pope. In March 1939, many Jewish newspapers in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Jerusalem welcomed Pope Pius’s election and described him as a friend of democracy. In an editorial (March 6, 1939), The Palestine Post, the predecessor of The Jerusalem Post, observed, "Pius XII has clearly shown that he intends to carry on [Pius XI’s] work...

    06/01/2006 11:29:00 AM PDT · by Dqban22 · 103 replies · 6,876+ views
    CATHOLIC HEROES OF THE HOLOCAUST by Elizabeth Altham Elizabeth Altham is a former corporate speech writer and a convert. Much of the research for this article was prepared by Jeffrey Rubin, former editor of Sursum Corda and a Jewish convert to the Catholic Church. Przemysl, Poland, 1944: Two SS men knock at the door of Stefania Podgorska, a Catholic seamstress. Her cottage is wanted for personnel of the field hospital across the street; she and her younger sister, Helena, have two hours to move out, on pain of death. The challenge of finding a new place to live is a...

    04/13/2006 8:50:51 AM PDT · by topher · 56 replies · 969+ views
    13-April-2006 -- Catholic World News Brief PIUS XII CONSIDERED RESIGNING TO THWART NAZIS Apr. 13 ( - Pope Pius XII was aware of Hitler's plan to kidnap him, and prepared a letter of resignation to take effect if he was captured by the Nazis, according to the author of a new German book on the wartime Pontiff. The authors of the new book, Werner Kaltefleiter and Hans Peter Oschwald, say that Pope Pius had signed the resignation letter, stipulating that he would revert to the status of a cardinal if he was taken hostage, the Italian ANSA news agency...
  • Righteous Gentile: How Pius XII and the Catholic Church Saved Half a Million Jews from the Nazis

    01/29/2006 6:49:33 PM PST · by Coleus · 9 replies · 733+ views
    "I thank Ronald Rychlak for picking up this challenge. We are all in his debt. He has made an enormous contribution to the healing of relations among Catholics and Jews, and to the possibility of discussing important parts of our mutual past in a factual and discriminating way." - Michael Novak Forward by Michael Novak Ron Rychlak's Hitler, the War, and the Pope blew me away by its lawyerly orderliness. It was just the book I had needed for many years and had not had. I had not even imagined that a hook that good could be written. What had...
  • Rabbi Says Pius XII Deserves "Righteous" Title

    01/18/2006 12:15:18 AM PST · by fabrizio · 9 replies · 454+ views
    David Dalin Makes Case in "Myth of Hitler's Pope"ROME, JAN. 17, 2006 ( A U.S. rabbi says that the title "Righteous among the Nations" should be conferred on Pope Pius XII for his efforts to defend the Jews during World War II. Rabbi David Dalin, a professor of history and political science at Ave Maria University in Florida, makes his case in his book "The Myth of Hitler's Pope," published by Regnery. The work shows that, in the course of history, many popes defended and protected the Jews from accusations and persecutions. It also recounts many incidents which show...
  • Tied up in the [Vatican's] Rat Lines

    01/16/2006 8:11:38 AM PST · by DTA · 47 replies · 2,488+ views
    Haaretz, Israel ^ | 2006-01-15 | Yossi Melman
    It is possible that within a short time a court in the United States will prohibit the publication of the account before us. In the meantime, Haaretz has obtained the testimony given last month by William Gowen, a former intelligence officer in the United States Army, at a federal court in San Francisco. The testimony contains historical and political explosives. It links Giovanni Battista Montini, who later became Pope Paul VI, to the theft of property of Jewish, Serb, Russian, Ukrainian and Roma victims during World War II in Yugoslavia. Many studies and stories have already been written about the...
  • Pope Pius XII vindicated - again!

    09/09/2005 10:18:41 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 9 replies · 263+ views
    New book sets record straight. by Michael Coren In all honesty, there are very few books that genuinely change the way we perceive the world, in spite of what some authors and their publicists would have us believe. But the newly published The Myth of Hitler's Pope is of quite startling importance. Written in response to the plethora of attacks on Pope Pius XlI and his Catholic Church during World War II, it is thorough, balanced and jubilantly intelligent. It is also written not by a Catholic but by a Jewish author, Rabbi David G. Dalin. The book shows that...
  • The Myth of Hitler’s Pope: An Interview with Rabbi David G. Dalin

    07/29/2005 10:34:12 AM PDT · by Mary Kochan · 68 replies · 1,105+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | 07/29/05 | Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
    Rabbi David G. Dalin received his rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He is the author or co-author of several books. His most recent book, and the subject of my interview with him, is The Myth of Hitler’s Pope: How Pope Pius XII Rescued Jews from the Nazis.
  • A Righteous Gentile

    06/06/2005 10:23:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 528+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 6/7/2005 | Dimitri Cavalli
    The Pius War: Responses to the Critics of Pius XII Edited by Joseph Bottum and David G. Dalin (Lexington Books, 282 pages, $29.95)SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, the German playwright Rolf Hochhuth, a leftist, sparked considerable outrage in Europe when he praised the work of David Irving, Great Britain's notorious Holocaust denier. In 1963, Hochhuth got his start with The Deputy, a play that demonized Pope Pius XII as a cold-blooded Nazi sympathizer who refused to condemn the Holocaust. During his pontificate (1939-1958), however, the pope earned substantial praise for opposing the Nazis and saving many Jews during World War II. The...
  • HAURIETIS AQUAS (On Devotion To The Sacred Heart) - Encyclical by Pope Pius XII

    06/03/2005 10:09:19 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 6 replies · 753+ views
    EWTN ^ | 15 May1956 | Pope Pius XII
    Excerpts... 1. "You shall draw waters with joy out of the Savior's fountain." These words by which the prophet Isaias, using highly significant imagery, foretold the manifold and abundant gifts of God which the Christian era was to bring forth, come naturally to Our mind when We reflect on the centenary of that year when Our predecessor of immortal memory, [Blessed] Pius IX, gladly yielding to the prayers from the whole Catholic world, ordered the celebration of the feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Universal Church.... 11. There are others who reckon this same devotion burdensome...
  • The Mass: Its Sacrificial Meaning

    05/23/2005 9:09:48 AM PDT · by NYer · 97 replies · 1,787+ views
    “At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Saviour instituted the eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the Cross throughout the ages...” – Vatican Council II, Sacrosanctum Concilium, #47 + + + At about the half-way point through the year of the Eucharist, proclaimed by our Holy Father John Paul II last October, perhaps it is a good time to pause and reflect on the meaning of the event, the ritual, the sacrament which plays such an enormous role in our lives and the life of...
  • Fallout in Fallbrook (Pantheist Pastor Pushes Out Popular Priest)

    04/29/2005 10:58:18 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies · 840+ views
    San Diego News Notes ^ | May 2005 | STANFORD ESPEDAL
    Battle lines have been drawn in the Fallbrook parish of Saint Peter. A group of more than fifty families are accusing Saint Peter's pastor Father Edward "Bud" Kaicher and retired associate Father Bernard Rapp of misleading the parish. One incident in particular has prompted cries of, "Enough is enough!" from parishioners — Fathers Bud and Bernie's sudden dismissal of Father Ian Taylor, a charismatic missionary priest from Trinidad who has been serving in the parish while on a year's sabbatical. Father Ian is a diocesan priest from the twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago who was ordained in 1988. In...
  • League blasts New York Times re Pius XII

    02/15/2005 7:33:57 AM PST · by ultima ratio · 2 replies · 389+ views ^ | Carl Limbacher
    February 15, 2005 League Blasts N.Y. Times re Pius XII A New York Times story smearing Pope Pius XII had about as much truth in it as the notorious "60 Minutes" Rathergate story that was based on forged documents, new facts show. The story in question is a piece in the Jan. 9 Times about an article in an Italian newspaper claiming to have uncovered a 1946 document implicating Pope Pius XII in a scheme not to return baptized Jewish children (who were hidden by the Vatican from the Nazis during the Holocaust) to their parents after the war. That...
  • LA Cardinal: Church Must Repent for Clergy Abuse, Holocaust Era Role

    02/10/2005 10:01:00 AM PST · by Land of the Irish · 20 replies · 525+ views ^ | 2/09/2005
    LOS ANGELES -- Cardinal Roger Mahony marked the start of Lent Wednesday by calling for the Catholic Church itself to do penance, in part for the abuse of children by clergy and for not speaking out "forcefully enough" against Nazi atrocities. Mahony, head of the nation's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese, made his comments in a message to parishioners on the first day of a 40-day season during which Catholics prepare for Easter by doing penance for sins and seeking spiritual renewal through prayer, fasting and good works. "As we begin the Lenten journey this year, it is crucial to face...
  • "I will not die before I canonize Pope Pius XII"

    02/10/2005 6:24:56 AM PST · by ELS · 10 replies · 1,657+ views
    Inside the Vatican's Newsflash (e-mail newsletter) ^ | February 10, 2005 | Inside the Vatican staff
    Newsflash > "I will not die before I canonize Pope Pius XII “I will not die before I canonize Pope Pius XII” Five days ago, we reported that Pope John Paul II was 10 minutes from death the night he was hospitalized (February 1).Now, in the very different context of an 84-year-old Pope on the mend, we consider one of the most controversial issues he will have to face in the months ahead, and reveal that he himself has already, according to our sources, made up his mind on the matter.Our sources tell us they believe that John Paul...
  • NY Times Wrong: Pius XII Saved Jews [Between 700K To 860K Jews Saved]

    01/27/2005 8:14:37 AM PST · by conservativecorner · 17 replies · 625+ views ^ | Jan. 27, 2005 | P. Thierry
    On Jan. 9, 2005 the New York Times published a prominent article entitled "Saving Jewish Children, But At What Cost?" in which it accuses the Vatican and Pope Pius XII of having given instructions not to allow Jewish children who had been sheltered by Catholics during the war to return to their own families. A serious accusation, indeed, If it is true. But it is bogus. Story Continues Below On Jan. 10, the independent Panel investigating a segment of the CBS "60 minutes" program in what is known as Rathergate came to the conclusion that the broadcast was unfair and...