The Pope’s Jews

Sunday, February 10, AD 2013

 

Christopher Johnson at The Midwest Conservative is at it again.  He is a non-Catholic who has taken up the cudgels so ofen in defense of the Faith that I have designated him Defender of the Faith.  He enters the lists now on behalf of the most unjustly maligned man of the last century, Pope Pius XII:

or, Whoops There Goes Another Liberal Cliche:

Pius XII has long been vilified as “Hitler’s pope”, accused of failing publicly to condemn the genocide of Europe’s Jews. Now a British author has unearthed extensive material that Vatican insiders believe will restore his reputation, revealing the part that he played in saving lives and opposing nazism. Gordon Thomas,

Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa.  Who is this guy, some trad Catholic?  Dude, that’s special pleading, that’s not genuine research, you blithering idiot.

a Protestant,

Never mind.

was given access to previously unpublished Vatican documents and tracked down victims, priests and others who had not told their stories before.

The Pope’s Jews, which will be published next month, details how Pius gave his blessing to the establishment of safe houses in the Vatican and Europe’s convents and monasteries. He oversaw a secret operation with code names and fake documents for priests who risked their lives to shelter Jews, some of whom were even made Vatican subjects.

Thomas shows, for example, that priests were instructed to issue baptism certificates to hundreds of Jews hidden in Genoa, Rome and elsewhere in Italy. More than 2,000 Jews in Hungary were given fabricated Vatican documents identifying them as Catholics and a network saved German Jews by bringing them to Rome. The pope appointed a priest with extensive funds with which to provide food, clothing and medicine. More than 4,000 Jews were hidden in convents and monasteries across Italy.

During and immediately after the war, the pope was considered a Jewish saviour. Jewish leaders – such as Jerusalem’s chief rabbi in 1944 – said the people of Israel would never forget what he and his delegates “are doing for our unfortunate brothers and sisters at the most tragic hour”. Jewish newspapers in Britain and America echoed that praise, and Hitler branded him “a Jew lover”.

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14 Responses to The Pope’s Jews

  • “During and immediately after the war, the pope was considered a Jewish saviour. Jewish leaders – such as Jerusalem’s chief rabbi in 1944 – said the people of Israel would never forget what he and his delegates “are doing for our unfortunate brothers and sisters at the most tragic hour”.

    This is very gratifying to read but it makes me wonder why the opposite opinion ever gained traction in the culture. When that play by Hochhuth came out, the lies it contained should have been refuted immediately.

  • GH: It’s not about the war on Pope Pius. It’s about the war on Holy Mother Church, which they hate for the same reasons the devil hates Holy Water.

    Whatever the lying sacs of excrement say says more about them than about Pope Pius XII, of blessed memory, or any other subverted subject they spout.

  • IIRC, the Pope even hid many folks in Castle Gandalfo.

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  • The Pope’s Actions caused the Chief Rabbi of Rome to convert to the Catholic Church. The Israeli Prime Minister, Golda Meir, praised Pius XII highly for saving over 700,000 Jews , and I believe she named him a Righteous Gentile.

  • As to the Chief Rabbi of Rome Robert he and the Pope were good friends and he was grateful to the Pope for saving Jews. However that was not caused him to convert. Christ spoke to him in a vision. Go to the link below for the fascinating story:

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/2102594/posts

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  • “He oversaw a secret operation with code names and fake documents for priests who risked their lives to shelter Jews, some of whom were even made Vatican subjects.

    Thomas shows, for example, that priests were instructed to issue baptism certificates to hundreds of Jews hidden in Genoa, Rome and elsewhere in Italy. More than 2,000 Jews in Hungary were given fabricated Vatican documents identifying them as Catholics …”

    Uh oh. Don’t tell you-know-who that Pius XII is a “liar for Jesus”, just like Lila Rose.

  • True Jay. Pius XII was another “Conman for God” during the War and doubtless has reaped a rich reward from God as a result! The arguments by William Doino and others that Pius never authorized lies or deception to rescue Jews is completely at variance with the historical record.

  • Don’t forget that there was a Soviet disinformation campaign against Pius XII; the KGB and its predecessors were masters of this. There are historians today who still repeat stories of atrocities committed by Ukrainian nationalists which never happened, and the attempt to blame the Katyn massacre on the Germans involved the wholesale manufacture of bogus forensic science evidence. As late as the 1970s their version was still being given credence by the British government.

    Hochhuth could have been a stooge, but more likely was one of Lenin’s “useful idiots”.

  • The Soviet campaign died in the 60s. Long after the demise of the Soviet Union, it seemed that hardly a year passed without some claimed revelation about Pius XII, Hitler’s pope. And who can forget those historians and muckrakers, not all of them disgruntled Catholics, who hinted darkly that the Vatican had a lot of skeletons to hide. But now that the Vatican archives have been catalogued into the war years where are they now? Like many others I too was taken in by the propaganda. Pius could not save his closest brothers and sisters, the priests and nuns who died in the thousands at the hands of the Nazis, all his diplomatic skills could not spare Catholic Poland, yet somehow a word from him was enough to save the Jews. The man endured a living martyrdom, how he must have suffered in those years.

  • Why did people begin to believe the lies about Pius XII about 1965? I’ll tell you why. Because that is when it began to be blazingly clear that the record of ALL the main allies in WWII in the matter of Jewish persecution stank; that Great Britain and the USA had both positively refused to help any persecuted Jews, and, in the full knowledge that Hitler was systematically having them butchered, pretty much said “good luck to it”; that, after the war, the British practically took the place of the Germans as enemies of the Jews, to the point of having Jews thrown into German bamps guarded by German guards, and of systematically supporting and arming the Jews’ enemies in Palestine; and that when President Truman took the elementary step of giving Israel diplomatic recognition, half the Administration was against him. The Soviet Union’s record on matters Jewish, of course, is best left unmentioned. These were countries, the British Empire and the USA, who could perfectly well have let in as many Jews as they wished, countries in fact that lived on immigration; they just did not want them, and they did not want them because they were Jewish. If Hitler killed the lot, well, too bad for them, but really, he’s solved our problem for us. And when the infamy of Britain and America, let alone Russia, in this matter, became clear, there was need of a scapegoat, someone to take the blame, so that we don’t have to dwell on our fathers’ guilt. I have given a larger account of my views here: http://fpb.livejournal.com/565171.html

  • Yes, it is true that during WWII no one of political importance really cared about the Jewish situation and that was in keeping with the zeitgeist. The Zionist movement was rather countercultural, I guess.

  • Jay Anderson: “Uh oh. Don’t tell you-know-who that Pius XII is a “liar for Jesus”, just like Lila Rose.”
    Any law may be broken to save a human life. This is law. The only country willing to take Jews was Haiti and Papa Doc Trujillo would only accept baptized Catholic Jews. Over 800,000 Jews were accepted into Haiti. The baptismal certificates were wishes for the future. Many of the Jews were baptized by desire.

A Papal Audience in Autumn 1941

Sunday, May 9, AD 2010

Venerable Pius XII always believed that it was part of his duties as Pope to be accessible to virtually everyone who wished to see him.  His audiences would normally be crowded as a result.  In the autumn of 1941 he held an audience which was no different.  Italians, pilgrims of all nations, German soldiers (German soldiers flocked to see the Pope until the Nazis forbade such visits, fearing the influence the words of the Pope, in direct contradiction to the doctrines of National Socialism,  might have on the Landsers.), humanity from across the globe, all eager to see, and perhaps have a word with, the Vicar of Christ on Earth.

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The Scarlet and The Black

Thursday, August 13, AD 2009

Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty

Here, at 8:39, in my opinion, is one of the more profound observations on film about the Catholic Church and History.  The evil that men do make many a blood stained page of History, but the Church survives throughout History as Caesars, Emperors, Kings, Prime Ministers, Presidents, Commissars, Fuhrers, Caudillos, Duces, General Secretaries, would be fake messiahs, etc, pass away.

The Scarlet and the Black (1983) is one of the better films dealing with the Catholic Church.  Gregory Peck is brilliant as Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, the Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican, who during World War 2, hid 4000 escaped Allied POWs and Jews from the Nazi occupiers of Rome.  Christopher Plummer gives the performance of his career as Obersturmbanfuhrer (Colonel) Herbert Kappler, the head of the Gestapo in Rome.  John Gielgud gives a stunningly good performance as Pius XII.  At one point when he confronts a Nazi delegation he merely stares at them with steely disdain until they get the hint and leave.  I imagine the actual Pius XII used a similar look of disdain when, on March 11, 1940, his response to a complaint by the Nazi  Foreign Minister Joachim Von Ribbentrop that the Church was siding with the Allies, was to read to Von Ribbentrop a long list of atrocities committed by the Nazis in Poland, which had been compiled by the Church.  This is a superb film that should be seen by every Catholic.

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  • Didn’t know about this one. I’ll have to check it out. thanks for the heads up.

  • I was introduced to this film when I was in Rome in the late 1990s by a dynamic young priest working in the Roman Curia.

    He’s since been elevated to the dignity of the episcopate, and I continue to watch this film about once a year.

    I’ve never been able to discover what happened to Kappler’s wife and children, but the post-script in the movie implies they never visited him while he was imprisoned.

  • One of my favorites!

  • This post reminded me of ne of the finest tributes to the Church’s endurance while secular powers vanish into the dust. It was written as part of the rumination of an atheist character in “The Sunrise Lands”, a sci-fi book about the death of electricity, gunpowder and the internal combustion engine. Alas, it’s not at my fingertips, but I’ll post it later. It even included a mocking swipe at Stalin’s “How many divisions does the Pope have?”

  • One of the best films out there concerning the Church.

    Very heartwarming.

  • Here it is:

    Stalin had meant mockery when he asked how many divisions the Pope had, but in the end his bewildered successors had found it didn’t matter; and men-at-arms and castles could come into the same category. At seventh and last men were ruled from within their heads by ideas as much as by clubs from without, and a careful ruler kept it in mind.

    The Church had outlasted any number of systems that looked stronger than iron at the time, and had ridden out many storms that claimed to be the wave of the future; she was wise with years, and infinitely patient, and bided her time.