March 8, 2012 AD
Pope Pius XII
Now a Saint?
The Vatican's Secret Archives
A new exhibit in Rome from the Vatican Secret Archives includes papers written by Jews during World War II that thanked or praised Pope Pius XII for helping them and other Jews against persecution by the Nazis and the national socialist regime of Adolf Hitler.
Letters about Pope Pius XII
Although Pius XII, who served as pope from 1939 to 1958, was widely praised by Jewish leaders and prominent media after the war for his work in aiding more than 1 million Jews and other persecuted peoples, he has been steadily criticized, mainly by political liberals, over the last 20 years for supposedly not doing enough.
The new documents are only a few from the archives at the “Lux in Arcana” exhibit in Rome. The entire archive reportedly will be made available to scholars in about two years, pending the final approval of Pope Benedict XVI.
For the last 60 years, this is the Pope who has been viciously ravaged by packs of rabid Jews labeling him as "Hitler's Pope".
Always love when the truth finally comes out.
Turns out that the Jews who were actually there, living in that time period, from the most down trodden Jew to the most influential Jewish leader, have warm and loving things to say about this Pope.
The Jews who rule America cannot seem to tolerate any goodness being spoken of Christian leaders.
The Pope helping
Some of the newly released papers pertaining to Pius XII, as reported in the London Daily Telegraph, include the following:
ordinary poor Jews
-- In 1941, Pius XII sent a Vatican official to check on the welfare of Jewish and non-Jewish prisoners being held in several internment camps in Southern Italy.
-- In April 1942, a rabbi and a doctor wrote to thank the pope for sending clothing for interned children and showing concern for prisoners.
-- An October 1944 document in which former inmates expressed gratitude to Pius XII for his support during their internment. The letter, in part, reads: “While in nearly all the countries of Europe we were persecuted, imprisoned and threatened with death because we belong to the Jewish people and profess the Jewish faith, Your Holiness not only sent notable and generous gifts to our camp through the apostolic nuncio…but also showed your fatherly interest in our physical and spiritual well-being. … [You] intrepidly raised your universally venerated voice against our enemies – still so powerful at that time – to openly support our rights to human dignity.”
-- The same October 1944 letter further says, “When in 1942 we were under the threat of deportation to Poland, Your Holiness extended your fatherly hand to protect us and prevented the deportation of the Jews imprisoned in Italy, thereby saving us from almost certain death.”
The jaded may say these are small token acts of kindness, but they were so appreciated as to warrent the Jews in these camps to write letters of appreciation.
In 1940, Albert Einstein, a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany, criticized the universities and newspapers in Germany for being silent about the persecution by the Nazis.
Showing his true colors
He also wrote, “Only the Catholic Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler’s campaign for suppressing the truth.
I never had any special interest in the Church before, but now I feel a great affection and admiration because the Church alone has had the courage and persistence to stand for intellectual truth and moral freedom.
"I am forced to confess that what I once despised, I now praise unreservedly"
In the "some things never change" category, sad to see one of America's beloved heroes, Jewish Albert Einstein, was an extremely rabid anti-Christian.
Only when Christians came to save his Jewish tail did Einstein find any love in his heart for the Christian religion and Christian culture he lived under.
Einstein is like Michelle Obama who famously said after her husband became President, “For the First Time in My Adult Lifetime, I’m Really Proud of My Country!”
The Pope being praised
In 1944, Rabbi Maurice Perlzweig, who represented the World Jewish Congress, wrote that “the repeated intervention of the Holy Father on behalf of the Jewish communities in Europe has provoked the profoundest sentiments of appreciation and gratitude from Jews throughout the world.”
by the highest Jewish authorities
Also, Judge Joseph Proskauer, then the president of the American Jewish Committee, said in a speech at Madison Square Garden on July 31, 1944: “We have heard … what a great part the Holy Father [has played] in the salvation of the Jewish refugees in Italy, and we know from sources that must be credited that this great pope has reached forth his mighty and sheltering hand to help the oppressed of Hungary.”
In addition, Rabbi Louis Finkelstein, then the chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, said, “No keener rebuke has come to Nazism than from Pope Pius XI and his successor, Pope Pius XII.”
Moshe Sharett, who would become Israel’s first foreign minister, toward the end of World War II said of Pius XII: “I told him that my first duty was to thank him, and through him the Catholic Church, on behalf of the Jewish public for all they had done in the various countries to rescue Jews. … We are deeply grateful to the Catholic Church.”
Three of the most influential Jewish leaders of the time acknowledged the contribution of Pope Pius XII.
Pope Pius XII,
After Pius XII’s death, William Zuckerman, in the Nov. 6, 1958 edition of the Jewish Post, wrote that no other leader “did more to help the Jews in their hour of greatest tragedy, during the Nazi occupation of Europe, than did the late Pope.”
the Greatest Leader
Aside from the normal eulogies, this utmost respect could have been less had Zuckerman wanted to lower his estimation from "the greatest leader" to "one of the greatest leaders".
Will Pope Pius XII be made a Saint?
On Dec. 19, 2009, Pius XII was declared “Venerable” by the Catholic Church and Pope Benedict XVI, which is a recognition of Pius’s heroic virtue, and is part of the process of canonization. As investigation continues, Pius XII could be declared Blessed and then finally a Saint.
There is no deadline in the canonization process, however, and whether Pius XII is ever officially declared a saint could take several years or several hundred years or it may not occur at all.
Nice to see Godly praise for good Christians can still slip out every once in a while.
Papers from Vatican Secret Archives Reveal Jewish Praise for Pius XII
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