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In Defense of Pius XII

 

Co-blogger Foxfier has a first rate post at The Catholic Stand defending Pius XII:

The guy whose behavior during the Nazi occupation converted the chief rabbi of Rome to Catholicism was working with the Nazis? The guy who was supposedly so silent and passive, at best, did enough that EWTN found a dozen paged of quotes from contemporary Jewish sources that were favorable to his behavior? A Pope who is defended from such accusations by a Jewish historian (formerly of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America) who not only debunks the claims, but describes Pius XII as the greatest friend to Jews of the 20th century? The man who, at his death, got this official condolence from Golda Meir, Israel’s delegate to the UN: “When fearful martyrdom came to our people in the decade of Nazi terror, the voice of the pope was raised for the victims. The life of our times was enriched by a voice speaking out on the great moral truths above the tumult of daily conflict. We mourn a great servant of peace.”

This man gets described as “Hitler’s Pope”?

Ah, such is the power of a well-crafted story, even if that craft is used for evil ends.

I’ll start at the beginning: it was a KGB plot. (I told you this was ridiculous– I can’t help it if the USSR lived down to bad 80s movies.)

Go here to read the brilliant rest.  Lies are ever plentiful in this Vale of Tears but Truth will ultimately prevail.

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

3 Comments

  1. Pius XII was one of the giants of the 20th Century. That stupid play The Deputy and the KGB, not to leave out the Catholic dissenters, have smeared the man.

  2. This is good work, Foxfier. Does your mother know that you write so well?
    Penguins Fan: The longer I live, the more I learn that I cannot believe anything I hear and only half of what I see.

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