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  • The Pope Wanted Hitler Dead: The Secret Story of the Vatican’s War to Kill the Nazi Despot

    10/17/2015 1:18:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    Salon ^ | SATURDAY, OCT 17, 2015 | MARK RIEBLING
    History hasn't looked kindly on the Catholic Church during WW II. The conventional narrative is not the whole storyAt six in the morning on Sunday, 12 March, a procession snaked toward the bronze doors of St. Peter’s. Swiss Guards led the line, followed by barefoot friars with belts of rope. Pius took his place at the end, borne on a portable throne. Ostrich plumes stirred silently to either side, like quotation marks. Pius entered the basilica to a blare of silver trumpets and a burst of applause. Through pillars of incense he blessed the faces. At the High Altar, attendants...
  • Pope Pius XII on Large Catholic Families

    01/20/2015 6:18:28 PM PST · by ebb tide · 34 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | January 19, 2015 | Brian Wiliams
    Below is an excerpt from an address given by Pope Pius XII to the Directors of the Associations for Large Families of Rome and Italy in January 20, 1958, the nineteenth (and final) year of his papacy. Throughout the address the Holy Father eloquently speaks of the joy, sacrifice and generosity so prevalent amongst those families who God has abundantly blessed with the gift of children. “Large families are the most splendid flower-beds in the garden of the Church; happiness flowers in them and sanctity ripens in favorable soil. Every family group, even the smallest, was meant by God to...
  • Jews Tell Pope of Concern Over Moves to Make Pius XII a Saint

    06/25/2013 7:12:18 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 6/24/13 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A Jewish leader expressed concern to Pope Francis on Monday over attempts to make a saint of World War Two-era Pope Pius XII, who has been accused of turning a blind eye to the Holocaust. Francis made no mention of his wartime predecessor during his talks with members of the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC), but the pontiff repeated the Roman Catholic Church's condemnation of anti-Semitism. "The Jewish community continues to be concerned about efforts to canonize Pope Pius XII while innumerable documents pertaining to the history of the Church and the Jewish people...
  • Opening Wartime Archives? (Pope Francis will open Pope Pius XII - Shoah - WWII-era archives)

    03/17/2013 9:43:54 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 28 replies
    Jewish Week ^ | 03/14/13 | Stewart Ain and Steve Lipman
    The selection of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina to be the new pope of the Roman Catholic Church is being seen as a move that will continue to cement Catholic-Jewish relations and perhaps end the debate over the ChurchÂ’s actions during World War II. Bergoglio, 76, who took the name Francis and is the first Jesuit ever to be chosen pope, has publicly called for the opening of the Vatican archives to learn the true role Pope Pius XII during the Holocaust. There have been allegations that Pope Pius XII, who is on track to be canonized by the...
  • Revealed: Soviets influenced reputation of Pope Pius XII as Nazi collaborator

    09/10/2012 5:51:41 PM PDT · by AstralisLux · 9 replies
    Spero News ^ | 9/10/12 | Martin Barillas
    Revealed: Soviets influenced reputation of Pope Pius XII as Nazi collaborator. Documents continue to trickle out from a number of sources, including the Vatican, that may begin to restore the image of the wartime pope who at the time was heralded as a champion of the rights of Europe’s minorities, including the Jewish community...
  • Hitler's Mufti, not Hitler's Pope

    08/04/2005 8:47:35 PM PDT · by B Knotts · 14 replies · 940+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 8/3/05 | David G. Dalin
    Many readers of the New York Times no doubt believe that Pope Pius XII was "Hitler's Pope." John Cornwell's bestselling book told them that, and it's been reaffirmed by Garry Wills, Daniel Goldhagen and other writers since. It's been said so often in fact that most well-read liberals know it for a certainty. The only trouble is: it isn't true. Not only does it contradict the words of Holocaust survivors, the founders of Israel, and the contemporary record of the New York Times, but even John Cornwell, the originator of the phrase "Hitler's pope," has recanted it saying that he...
  • 'Hitler's Pope' saved thousands of Jewish lives

    07/07/2010 7:24:30 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 125 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph ^ | July 6, 2010 | Simon Caldwell
    Pope Pius XII, the controversial wartime pontiff, may have saved thousands of Jews by secretly securing visas so they could escape Nazi Germany, a historian has claimed. Pope Pius, who was labelled “Hitler’s Pope” because of his silence during the Holocaust, may have arranged the exodus of about 200,000 Jews from Germany just three weeks after Kristallnacht, when thousands of Jews were rounded up and sent to concentration camps.
  • Holy Shroud was hidden from Hitler's grasp in Benedictine Abbey (here are the details)

    04/08/2010 3:02:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 726+ views
    cna ^ | April 8, 2010
    An image of the Shroud of Turin. Rome, Italy, Apr 8, 2010 / 10:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy Shroud was transferred from Turin during World War II to keep it out of reach of Adolph Hitler, according to a Benedictine priest in a southern Italian abbey. Monks in Avellino, Italy stored the relic until 1946 "officially to protect it from bombs, in reality to hide it from the Fuhrer, who was obsessed with it," the monk said. Sensing the dangers posed by German officials' interest in the Shroud during a visit from Hitler to Italy in 1938, the...
  • Holy See Documents From World War II Go Online

    03/25/2010 6:32:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies · 192+ views
    Researchers Welcome Availability of Pius XII InformationVATICAN CITY, MARCH 25, 2010 ( The Vatican announced today that official documents spanning more than 40 years are now available online. The entire collection of the of the Actae Sanctae Sedis (A.S.S.) and of the Acta Apostolicae Sedis (A.A.S.) -- i.e., the official Acts of the Holy See from 1865 to 2007 -- are now available in pdf format. Also available is a multi-volume collection of acts from World War II, (), published by order of Paul VI starting in 1965, and edited by a specialized group of four Jesuit historians. The project...
  • Pope Pius XII: Hero in the Unmaking

    03/05/2010 5:28:09 AM PST · by IbJensen · 19 replies · 846+ views
    The New American ^ | March 5, 2010 | Selwyn Duke
    The word “hero” so often conjures up images of the brash and the bold. We may think of Audie Murphy’s WWII exploits, the Spartans at Thermopylae, or the doomed holdouts at the Alamo. But then there are the quiet heroes, people such as Oskar Schindler. Ever since Schindler’s List hit the silver screen in 1993, his clandestine efforts resulting in the rescue of almost 1,200 Jews from Nazi death camps have been well known. Yet that dark time birthed another quiet hero, one who saved as many as 860,000 Jewish lives. Today, however, few know of his accomplishments, few sing...
  • Pope John Paul II and Pope Pius XII move closer to sainthood

    12/19/2009 5:10:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies · 575+ views
    Times Online ^ | 12/19/2009 | Simon Alford
    The controversial wartime pope accused of failing to openly condemn the Holocaust has moved a step closer to sainthood, the Vatican has confirmed. Pope Pius XII will be declared venerable after the current pontiff Pope Benedict XVI approved a "heroic virtues decree", the first of three stages before canonisation. To be declared venerable, a church investigation has to conclude that the person in question lived a life of exemplary holiness and heroic virtue. There must be nothing in the dead person’s writings that enables these characteristics to be challenged. Pope Benedict has also agreed to declare his predecessor Pope John...
  • Orientalis Ecclesiae (On St. Cyril, Patriarch Of Alexandria)

    06/26/2009 6:28:56 PM PDT · by bdeaner · 1 replies · 218+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | April 9, 1944 | Pope Pius XII
    To Our Venerable Brethren the Patriarchs, Primates, Archbishops, Bishops and other Ordinaries at Peace and in Communion with the Apostolic See Venerable Brethren, Health and Our Apostolic Benediction St. Cyril, Patriarch of Alexandria, glory of the Eastern Church and celebrated champion of the Virgin Mother of God, has always been held by the Church in the highest esteem, and We welcome the opportunity of recalling his merits in this brief Letter, now that fifteen centuries have passed since he happily exchanged this earthly exile for his heavenly home. 2. Our Predecessor St. Celestine I hailed him as 'good defender...
  • Vatican editor says postwar hostility toward Pope Pius XII unjustified

    06/17/2009 2:47:13 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 165+ views
    CNS News ^ | Jun-17-2009 | Sarah Delaney
    The hostility toward Pope Pius XII in the years following World War II was the unjustified result of his firm stance against communism and an unfair comparison with his successor, Pope John XXIII, said the editor of the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano. In the introduction to a compilation of essays by historians and church officials, editor Giovanni Maria Vian said that the esteem awarded Pope Pius during and immediately after the war changed after his death into criticism over his failure to strongly condemn the Nazi plan to exterminate Jews. The book, "In Difesa di Pio XII," ("In Defense 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...
  • Vatican Official Slams Criticism of Wartime Pope

    11/07/2008 10:13:15 AM PST · by Publius804 · 7 replies · 377+ views ^ | November 6, 2008 | Associated Press
    Vatican Official Slams Criticism of Wartime Pope Thursday, November 6, 2008 11:00 AM VATICAN CITY — The Vatican's No. 2 official has slammed as "outrageous" allegations that Pope Pius XII didn't do enough to save Jews during World War II. Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone on Thursday condemned the criticism by some historians and Jewish groups of the wartime pope. Pope Benedict XVI recently said he hoped the path for sainthood could move ahead but also reportedly agreed to consider freezing the process until the Vatican's wartime archives are opened. Bertone said the possible beatification, the last formal step...
  • Group says pope will weigh delay of Pius's beatification

    10/31/2008 6:19:15 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 4 replies · 227+ views ^ | October 31, 2008 | Rachel Donadio
    Group says pope will weigh delay of Pius's beatification By Rachel Donadio VATICAN CITY: Pope Benedict XVI told Jewish leaders on Thursday that he was "seriously considering" delaying the beatification of Pius XII, the pope during World War II, until the archives of his papacy had been opened, a participant at the meeting said. But the pope's spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said Benedict's response was not a "public commitment," according to The Associated Press. "You shouldn't read this response for beyond what it is," Father Lombardi said. "It is a polite, serious response. He always takes seriously what he...
  • Vatican fumes at Israeli minister's remarks on Nazi-era pope

    10/24/2008 7:21:46 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 56 replies · 715+ views ^ | 24/10/2008 | Adi Schwartz
    Vatican fumes at Israeli minister's remarks on Nazi-era pope By Adi Schwartz, Haaretz Correspondent and Staff Vatican officials are furious over Minister Isaac Herzog's statement in Thursday's Haaretz that the planned beatification of Pope Pius XII, who headed the Catholic Church during the Holocaust, is "unacceptable." Cardinal Andrea Lanza di Montezemolo told the Italian paper Corriere della Serra yesterday that "Israel's interference in the matter of Pius XII must stop. We've had it with this interference. Outside opinions are liable to disrupt [the process], and they look like an attempt to force Pope Benedict XVI to make a decision. The...
  • French Jewish Group Opposes Pius XII Sainthood

    10/18/2008 10:06:35 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 107 replies · 878+ views ^ | October 17, 2008 | Associated Press
    French Jewish Group Opposes Pius XII Sainthood Friday, October 17, 2008 4:30 PM PARIS -- France's main Jewish organization warned Friday that efforts to make wartime Pope Pius XII a saint would deal "a severe blow" to relations between Catholics and Jews. The warning from an umbrella organization of French Jewish groups comes as the Vatican mounts a campaign to refute accusations Pius did not do enough to try to stop the extermination of 6 million Jews during World War II. "Pope Pius XII, worried about burning his bridges with Germany, never made a clear statement denouncing the singular monstrosity...
  • Blessed Pius XII? But First of All, Get Him Right by Sandro Magister

    10/10/2008 7:01:32 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 2 replies · 349+ views ^ | October 10, 2008 | by Sandro Magister
    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...
  • Darwinian Evolution Incompatible with Catholic Faith says Cardinal and Author of Catholic Catechism

    01/07/2007 1:28:33 PM PST · by Coleus · 143 replies · 2,435+ views
    On July 7, after years of media-generated confusion, Christoph Cardinal Schonborn, a theologian who helped author the 1992 Catechism of the Catholic Church, wrote in the New York Times clarifying the Church’s understanding of human origins.  Since 1996, the world’s secular media have claimed that Pope John Paul II endorsed Darwinian evolution as being “more than a hypothesis.” The remark, taken out of context, established in some minds that the Catholic Church was ready to abandon its adherence to the notion of a personal God who created life, the universe and everything.  In his article, Schonborn said, that the “defenders...
  • Pius XII urged Jews to be Proud

    12/06/2006 5:02:29 AM PST · by Milltownmalbay · 12 replies · 671+ views
    SeaMax News ^ | 12/6/2006 | Christopher Lafferty
    “Be proud to be a Jew!” Those were the reassuring words of Pope Pius XII as he offered consolation to a distressed Jew in 1941 according to a new report issued by Zenit News. Historically, Pope Pius XII has been vilified in modern times as the pope who did nothing to stop the Germans from persecuting the Jews, in turn allowing the genocide of the Jews in Germany during World War II. In point of fact, Pope Pius XII is estimated to have saved anywhere from 400,000 to 700,000 Jews from Nazi Germany. He was awarded a medal by the...
  • Pius Attacked For Not Confronting Evil; Benedict Attacked For Confronting Evil (Hypocrisy Alert)

    09/26/2006 2:43:26 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 31 replies · 815+ views ^ | 09/26/06 | Dennis Prager
    Among the most heated debates of the last 40 years has been the debate over Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust. What did he do when the greatest evil of his day engulfed Christian Europe? Was he "Hitler's Pope," as the name of a widely read book about him charged? Was he too reticent in speaking out against Nazism and the Nazi extermination of Europe's Jews? Was he perhaps even a Nazi sympathizer? Or was he in fact a great friend of Europe's Jews who did whatever he could to save tens of thousands of Jews, especially in Italy, opening...
  • Hitler's Pope? (Book review of The Myth of Hitler's Pope)

    08/18/2006 6:56:57 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 61 replies · 985+ views
    American Spectator ^ | August 18, 2006 | Sir Martin Gilbert
    AS A HISTORIAN OF THE HOLOCAUST, I frequently receive requests from Jewish educators, seeking support for grant applications for their Holocaust programs. Almost all these applications include a sentence about how the new program will inform students that the Pope, and the Vatican, "did nothing" during the Holocaust to help Jews. The most recent such portrayal reached me while I was writing this review. It is part of a proposal to a major Jewish philanthropic organization, and contains the sentence: "Also discusses the role of the Vatican and the rabidly anti-Semitic Pope Pius XII, who were privy to information regarding...

    02/22/2006 11:51:34 AM PST · by Youngstown · 23 replies · 865+ views
    Inside The Vatican ^ | February, 2006 | Editor
    The "Siri Thesis" Unravels - by Inside the Vatican staff In our confusing times, many otherwise faithful traditional Catholics have denounced and broken with "conciliar Rome," including the "conciliar Popes." But that has not ended the confusion... "It has been very well observed that there is no such thing as an impartial historian. Every man who sets out to trace the development of life, whether in politics, religion, or art, is bound to do so with some theory in his mind... The historian, or the theologian, who is most nearly impartial is not he who has no view, but he...
  • 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...
  • "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...
  • The Catholic Church and the Holocaust

    01/18/2005 8:29:05 PM PST · by Coleus · 61 replies · 3,918+ views
    The New American ^ | 06.19.2000 | Michael E. Telzrow
    The Catholic Church and the Holocaustby Michael E. TelzrowThe unjust vilification of Pope Pius XII and the Catholic Church for supposed collaboration with the Nazis during World War II is only part of a broader campaign to condemn all Christians.In an editorial published on March 18, 1998, the New York Times took up the subject of Pope Pius XII and the activities of the Catholic Church regarding the Nazis during World War II. "A full exploration of Pope Pius’s conduct is needed...," stated the Times’ editorial writer. "It now falls to John Paul and his successors to take the...
  • League Blasts NY Times re Pius XII

    01/15/2005 3:42:46 PM PST · by wagglebee · 9 replies · 857+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 1/15/05 | Carl Limbacher
    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 January 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 story has now been totally discredited and has raised the...
  • Jews To Catholic Church: Delay Sainthood For Pius XII

    01/12/2005 5:36:38 PM PST · by Catholic54321 · 17 replies · 516+ views
    The Jewish Week ^ | 14 January 2005 | Stewart Ain
    In 1941, when Abraham Foxman was a year old, his parents and a nursemaid carried him east from his Polish homeland to Vilna in an effort to outrun the Nazis. But they failed, and the Nazis ordered his parents and the other Jews of Vilna into a ghetto. “My parents decided to leave me with the nanny, a decision that ultimately saved my life and their lives because they were able to care for themselves rather than being tied to a child,” Foxman said. The nanny, Bronislawa Kurpi, had Foxman baptized Henrik Stanislous Kurpi and for the next four years...
  • 1946 Document on Jewish Children Tells a Different Story

    01/12/2005 5:35:52 PM PST · by It's me · 61 replies · 1,587+ views
    Zenit ^ | January 12, 2005
    1946 Document on Jewish Children Tells a Different Story Undercuts Tale That Vatican Tried to Keep Them From Their Families ROME, JAN. 12, 2005 ( The latest in a series of accusations about Pope Pius XII's behavior vis-à-vis the Jews and Nazi persecution seems to have little basis in fact. The latest round began Dec. 28 when an Italian newspaper published passages of an alleged 1946 Vatican document that supposedly aimed to keep baptized Jewish children from being returned to their families. The text, as stated in Il Corriere della Sera by Alberto Melloni, director of the G. Dossetti Library...
  • Vatican archives may shed light on pope's role in WWII

    02/15/2003 2:42:00 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies · 245+ views
    Denver Post ^ | February 14, 2003 | John Henderson
    - ROME - Scholars and historians anxiously await the expected opening Saturday of Vatican archives that document pre-World War II relations between the church and Germany. In a highly unusual move, the Vatican is releasing papers of Pope Pius XII, the World War II- era leader of the church who has been criticized by Jews for failing to speak out or take action against Nazi Germany during the Holocaust. The documents and letters will cover the years from 1922 to 1939, before the pope took office and when he worked in Germany as the Vatican's ambassador and later secretary of...
  • Pius the hero

    07/23/2002 9:31:27 PM PDT · by Valin · 32 replies · 295+ views
    The Spectator. ^ | 7/20/02 | John Laughland
    Pope Pius XII is once more accused of being lenient towards Hitler. John Laughland meets the man who can prove his innocence When you visit a senior official in the Vatican, you expect to enter a world of ancient traditions: you do not expect to encounter practices which died out in 1950. Yet when I called on Peter Gumpel, SJ in his office in Borgo Santo Spirito early one morning, his first question was, ‘Would you care for a cigarette?’ A selection of three different brands was produced out of a drawer. ‘Holy smoke!’ I thought, and chose Dunhill. As...