You knew that as soon as the ball started rolling again in the cause of Pope Pius XII, as Pope Benedict XVI did today, the naysayers would resume their detraction.
What always astonishes me is how the earlier lies so quickly became the footnotes in subsequent "scholarly" attacks. But I digress.
Here is a story in the New York Daily News… which as a POLL! I voted "No" in their poll… not that you have to. But again I digress.
Pope Benedict XVI declares Pius XII ‘venerable,’ angering Jewish groups
BY Samuel Goldsmith
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Saturday, December 19th 2009, 11:46 AM
Jewish leaders expressed disgust Saturday when Pope Benedict XVI pushed a controversial predecessor one step closer to sainthood. [Actually, it must have been Pius XII’s own life that pushed him closer to this. You should see the documentation presented in the cause for Pius. I did. I saw the stacks of volumes of the positio presented to demonstrate the "heroic virtue" of Pius XII.]
The pontiff declared Pius XII "venerable" even though he’s been criticized for not doing enough to help Jews during the Holocaust. [Pius XII saved thousands of Jews. Thousands of families exist today because of him, perhaps even those to which some of his detractors belong.]
Jewish groups had asked for the move – one step before beatification – to be postponed until they’re allowed to review Vatican archives on Pius’ World War II actions. [And why should Jews be able to determine anything about a cause for a servant of God in the Catholic Church? Are Catholic leaders consulted when someone is determined to be "Righteous Among The Nations"?]
Elan Steinberg, vice president of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants, called Benedict’s decision "profoundly insensitive and thoughtless."
"We are left bereft in our feelings," he said from his Manhattan office Saturday.
The Vatican maintains Pius worked quietly to help the Jews during World War II.
Jewish groups say no documents supporting that have been released and they need to know more about what he did and didn’t do. [HUH?]
"Why the rush to open up the wound again before the opening of the archives?" asked Abe Foxman, U.S. national director of the Anti-Defamation League, from Jerusalem. [The same old same old.]
Also elevated on the road to sainthood Saturday was Pope John Paul II, widely popular among both Christians and Jews during his time as pontiff from 1978 to 2005.
When Jews start consulting Catholic leaders about how Jews can pray or who is considered worthy of veneration, we might be able to see their concerns in a different light.
I dunno. This stuff always sounds whiny to me. I know… I know… emotions run high in these discussions. Am I wrong about this?
The New York Daily News has a POLL about this.
In the meantime:
I recommend these books about Pius XII and what he did to save Jews. These could also be good gifts. It is important to get this information into circulation.
First, try The Myth of Hitler’s Pope: Pope Pius XII and His Secret War Against Nazi Germany by David G. Dalin. The author is a rabbi.
Also, there are the excellent books by Ron Rychlak Hilter, the War, and the Pope. Rychlak is professor in the law school at Ole’ Miss and teaches how to handle evidence. Amazon made this really hard to hunt up on their site. A search won’t produce it. I had to modify an old link I posted some time ago. This is a testimony that this is one of the better books.
Also by Rychlak with Michael Novak is Righteous Gentiles: How Pius XII And the Catholic Church Saved Half a Million Jews from the Nazis
Speaking of evidence, there is also Pius XII and the Second World War: According to the Archives of the Vatican by Pierre Blet,
Others could be added (and maybe I will add them), but give these a shot. They are fascinating reading.
UPDATE: 20 Dec 0536 GMT