Comments on: Jewish leaders dismayed over Pius XII comments in pope book Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 By: JohnDoe123987 Tue, 08 Feb 2011 04:34:45 +0000 I completely agree with the points of the following author. Many, many prominent Jewish leaders; whether they be Israeli politicians or the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem have come out in support of Pius XII and his efforts during the second world war. Also, one should be careful of implying some sort of universal opinion among the Jews. Every time a Jew makes a statement about this issue, the press picks it up, and often portrays it as a legitimate, well thought out, well researched opinion, that speaks for the Jews as a whole.

There are enormous amounts of evidence supporting the view that Pius XII helped save Jews during the Holocaust. The only evidence that those who say he didn’t have to go on is that he never made a public statement against the Nazis. The reason why he didn’t is that he judged that in doing so would probably endanger many more Jewish lives. We mustn’t forget that before he was pope, he worked for years as a apostolic nuncio, meaning that he was very familiar with international politics.

When all of this is said and done, we take away this. One, there is no actual evidence that he didn’t help Jews (and other persecuted people) and plenty that he did. Two, that the press often picks up any Jewish voice (no matter how credible or not) as one of authority and one that represents the entire Jewish population.

So will this debate ever come to end? I doubt it, at least not soon. Again, I find my self agreeing with the above author; Catholicism isn’t without its enemies, and it is certainly easy to imply that the pope didn’t help stop the Holocaust as a way of attacking them. Smear campaigns, name calling, et cetera, are nothing but age old methods of propaganda that are alive and well in this ‘debate’.

By: CIM2011 Sat, 15 Jan 2011 22:55:09 +0000 What nonsense from Steinberg – who stands against the testimony of Golda Meir. Golda Meir presented Pius with Israel’s honorific title “Righteous Among the Gentiles” for having lead the rescue of thousands of Jews in Italy and other Axis controlled areas. The NY Times during the war singled Pius out as foremost among the critics of the Third Reich and its racism. Pius was fighting the good fight against the Nazis and Fascists while he was trapped inside Nazi-controlled Italy! The Nazis held Pius in check by arresting priests, Jews and Jewish converts, for example, in places like Denmark, whenever Bishops and priests in Axis or Axis-occupied countries openly preached resistance against the Nazis.

Many current “progressives” are persecuting Pius as a way to smear the Catholic Church, especially John Paul II and Benedict, whom they prefer to attack indirectly by the smear against Pius.