Society That Thinks Pope Pius XII Rules

Monday, March 27, 2006

Canonize Pius XII Now!

The talk last night by Rabbi David Dallin was great! His main argument was that Pius XII was not Hitler's favorite cleric. His favorite cleric was the Grand Mufti, Haj Muhammed Amin al-Husseini who help devise the plan to systematically exterminate Jews in concentration camps. The Grand Mufti was also the mentor to other noted anti-semites such as Arafat and Nassar.

Rabbi Dallin went on to point out that all of the criticism of Pius XII really started toward the end of Pope John Paul II's pontificate by liberal and lapsed Catholics who didn't like JP's orthodoxy. They figured that if they could slander a previous pope, it would make the current one look bad. It's funny, though, how they conveniently overlook the fact that Pius XII had a lifelong Jewish friend and was also responsible for saving thousands of Jews by hiding them in Castel Gandolfo, the pope's summer residence.

Pius's critics also overlook the fact that many Jewish leaders honor Pius for his work in saving Jews during the Holocaust. Rabbi Dallin is pushing for Jewish leaders to bestow the highest honor on a non-Jew to Pope Pius XII, the title of "righteous gentile."

Rabbi Dallin also, while having no bias or preference due to the fact that he is after all Jewish, hopes his book will help revive the process for Pius XII's canonization. He says that all that Pius XII did cannot be ignored, if only on moral grounds.

And so with the suggestion of the good Rabbi and with Greg's help, I have installed a "Canonize Pius XII Now!" tag in the sidebar and call for all the faithful to join us here at the Society That Thinks Pope Pius XII Rules in the movement to have this ultimate example of Christian love and charity made a saint as soon as possible!