Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Vatican newspaper again defends Pope Pius XII

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)

See also:

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)"


At 10:42 PM, Anonymous Gabriel Wilensky said...

There is one way to corroborate the claims of Pope Pius apologists, namely, that he was responsible for saving hundreds of thousands of Jews through his “discreet and hidden” diplomacy and various other acts: to open the Vatican Secret Archives. If he corresponded with foreign dignitaries asking them to shelter or give refuge to Jews, if he instructed all clergy in all theatres of war to admonish the flock that killing Jews was a crime and a sin, if he admonished the faithful that murdering Jews would result in excommunication from the Church, if he ordered all churches to destroy the baptismal records that were used by the Germans to identify who was a Jew, if he instructed all churches, monasteries, nunneries, and other church properties and personnel to shelter Jews, then it stands to reason the Vatican would want to make this information not only available to independent researchers, but rather, they would make it as public and as visible as they can, as fast as they can.

Until and if that happens, both the apologists and the ones that don’t think this evidence exists have an equally valid argument, with one caveat: if the pope did any or all these things, or other things yet to be revealed, he was largely ineffective as the faithful went on killing with a clean conscience. Without clear direction from the Church, who seems to have failed to tell them in unequivocal terms that what they were doing was a mortal sin, they assumed that what they were doing was in line with god’s desires.

Gabriel Wilensky
Six Million Crucifixions:
How Christian Teachings About Jews Paved the Road to the Holocaust
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