Comments on: Jews tell pope of concern over moves to make Pius XII a saint http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2013/06/25/jews-tell-pope-of-concern-over-moves-to-make-pius-xii-a-saint/ Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: roboticowl http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2013/06/25/jews-tell-pope-of-concern-over-moves-to-make-pius-xii-a-saint/comment-page-1/#comment-77114 Tue, 25 Jun 2013 19:11:29 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/?p=28703#comment-77114 The historical validity of the “common roots” argument asymptotically approaches 0. Don’t Protestants and Catholics have even greater “common roots”? How much time have they spent trying to annihilate each other? Aren’t a sizable chunk of them still out for each other’s blood?

I appreciate the Church’s efforts to move (back) towards a non-hateful approach to Christianity. Yes, that is much truer to the spirit of the Gospels. But, unless you want to start decanonizing every saint who thought sending a restless mob off to kill some infidels was sound policy, anti-Semitism isn’t really a valid argument against sainthood. It’s the future that the Church should focus on in its efforts to reach out to those with common religious roots. If it wants to look back, it should be to Jesus.

Trying to wash the blood off the hands of every saint is a lost cause. See Saint Louis IX: “A Christian should argue with a blasphemer only by running his sword through his bowels as far as it will go.” Lest you think this is just a metaphor, Saint Louis made sure to back that statement with a bloody Crusade or two.

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