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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...