Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Two weeks after L’Osservatore Romano reprinted an article by Bernard-Henri Lévy blasting media caricatures of Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Pius XII, the Vatican newspaper has reprinted an article by New York-based writer Dimitri Cavalli defending the wartime Pontiff. The article originally appeared in Haaretz, Israel’s oldest daily newspaper.
“The campaign against Pope Pius XII is doomed to failure because his detractors cannot sustain their main charges against him-- that he was silent, pro-Nazi, and did little or nothing to help the Jews-- with evidence,” writes Cavalli. “Perhaps only in a backward world such as ours would the one man who did more than any other wartime leader to help Jews and other Nazi victims receive the greatest condemnation.”
Source(s): these links will take you to other sites, in a new window.
Dimitri Cavalli: E i vescovi americani spiegarono ai cattolici l'alleanza con i russi: I nazisti lo conoscevano bene e per questo lo temevano (L’Osservatore Romano)
Dimitri Cavalli: Much-maligned pontiff (Haaretz)
Jewish writer blasts media treatment of Benedict XVI, Pius XII (CWN, 1/21)
From Zenit, "Pius XII Defended in Israeli Newspaper" and "Nothing Novel Seen in New Pius XII Documents"
The encyclical, drafted by Cardinal Pacelli---the future Pope Pius XII---from Catholic Culture-Library, "Mit Brennender Sorge (On the Church and German Reich): Pius XI (March 14, 1937)"