Society That Thinks Pope Pius XII Rules

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Unprecedented Slander

I just read this article from It seems as though Fr. Pizzaballa does not know his history very well. The author, Amiram Barkat, has also loaded the article with anti-Pius lies. Nowhere does he mention all of the Jewish leaders who are calling for him to be recognized as a "Righteous Gentile."

If you have read the previous posts on this sight, you will clearly see that the attacks on Pius XII are unwarranted and slanderous.

Gov't: Criticism of papal silence on Holocaust 'unprecedented'

By Amiram Barkat, Haaretz Correspondent

Government sources have called statements made by a senior Vatican official condemning the silence of the Holy See during the Holocaust "unprecedented."

What's unprecedented is the slander by Fr. Pizzabala.

Sources in Jerusalem said it is still too early to tell whether the statements made Tuesday by Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Custos of the Holy Land, reflect a change in Vatican policy about the silence of Pope Pius XII during the Holocaust.

They in fact do not reflect a change. The beatification process is still continuing. What it does reflect is that Fr. Pizzaballa has been reading too many of John Cornwell's books (who later recanted the title of "Hitler's Pope.") and other conspiracy theories.

Speaking in Hebrew at a conference at Tel Aviv University on the actions of the Church during the Holocaust, Pizzaballa criticized "church leaders, including those of the highest level, who did not adopt a courageous stand in the evangelical spirit in the face of the Nazi regime."

Dr. Simcha Epstein of the Hebrew University's Vidal Sassoon Center for the Study of Antisemitism, said the phrase "high-level leaders" was a veiled reference to Pope Pius XII.

Hmm...I guess the anti-Nazi speaches Cardinal Pacelli made, the thousands of Jews saved by Pius XII, and the fact that Hitler wanted Pius XII assassinated means that they were in league with Hitler.

Jewish organizations and historians for years have been at the forefront of a struggle against the Vatican initiative to beatify Pius due to his inaction during the Holocaust.

Oh really? Is that why Jewish leaders want him to be named "Righteous Gentile" and when he died there were tributes from virtually every Jewish group around the world?

Here's a quote from a Rabbi:
"He probably rescued more Jews than any single individual. From that vantage point, Pius XII deserves recognition," said Mr. Dalin, professor of history and political science at Ave Maria University, a Catholic university in Naples, Fla.

Jerusalem was expecting that with the ascendance of the new pope, Benedictus XVI, the process of beatification would be stopped. However, sources in Jerusalem told Haaretz it is ongoing, albeit at a slower pace.

Really? All of Jerusalem wished for it to be stopped? That's news to me. Did you interview all of Jerusalem, Mr. Amiram Barkat, or just Fr. Pizzaballa who is in Jerusalem?

Pizzaballa said that after the Holocaust, the Church struggled with "the question of how it failed at the task of molding the conscience of the faithful so they would refuse to cooperate with the Nazi machine of destruction. How so many of the faithful cooperated and even more stood and did nothing." Pizzaballa added that the 1965 Vatican declaration absolving the Jews from killing Jesus was a "response to the deep crisis created after World War II."

The 1965 Vatican declaration was not a "response to the deep crisis created after World War II." It was because we ALL are guilty of Jesus's crucifixion.

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

"597 The historical complexity of Jesus' trial is apparent in the Gospel accounts. the personal sin of the participants (Judas, the Sanhedrin, Pilate) is known to God alone. Hence we cannot lay responsibility for the trial on the Jews in Jerusalem as a whole, despite the outcry of a manipulated crowd and the global reproaches contained in the apostles' calls to conversion after Pentecost. Jesus himself, in forgiving them on the cross, and Peter in following suit, both accept "the ignorance" of the Jews of Jerusalem and even of their leaders. Still less can we extend responsibility to other Jews of different times and places, based merely on the crowd's cry: "His blood be on us and on our children!", a formula for ratifying a judicial sentence. As the Church declared at the Second Vatican Council: . . .

Neither all Jews indiscriminately at that time, nor Jews today, can be charged with the crimes committed during his Passion. . . the Jews should not be spoken of as rejected or accursed as if this followed from holy Scripture.

All sinners were the authors of Christ's Passion"

He said the Church subsequently had made a number of far-reaching changes, among them emphasizing the Jewish identity of Jesus and recognition of the Hebrew Scriptures as an inseparable part of Christian tradition, and that "preachers and the greatest of teachers" had presented Jews in a distorted way, which laid the groundwork for modern anti-Semitism.

That's because Jesus IS Jewish! And the Hebrew Scriptures ARE an inseparable part of Christian Tradition!

"I cannot avoid the horrific thought that if Jesus were alive in the Holocaust, he would have been condemned to the same fate as the Jewish people, as would his mother, his family and his disciples." Pizzaballa said.

They would have been condemned by Hitler, not Pius XII and the Catholic Church!

Rabbi David Rosen, the international director of interreligious affairs at the American Jewish Committee and a member of the Permanent Bilateral Commission of the State of Israel and the Holy See, said he has heard similar declarations in the past from American cardinals. However, such a statement is rare from a clergyman of Italian origin like Pizzaballa.

"The attitude is that of a man who is aware of Jewish and Israeli sensitivities, and it is therefore more nuanced than the official position, however, it does not reflect a change in the official stance," Rosen told Haaretz.

Fr. Pizzabala is not aware, although, of how stupid he sounds when he says things that are based on lies!