Society That Thinks Pope Pius XII Rules

Saturday, May 20, 2006

And to think, the New York Times nowadays contradicts what they said in the 40's.

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On Christmas Day, 1941, the New York Times, commenting on Pius XII’s Christmas Message, carried the following editorial:

The Pope’s Message

The voice of Pius XII is a lonely voice in the silence and darkness enveloping Europe this Christmas. The Pope reiterates what he has said before. In general, he repeats, although with greater definiteness, the five-point plan for peace which he first enunciated in his Christmas message after the war broke out in 1939. His program agrees in fundamentals with the Roosevelt-Churchill eight-point declaration. It calls for respect for treaties and the end of the possibility of aggression, equal treatment for minorities, freedom from religious persecution. It goes farther than the Atlantic Charter in advocating an end of all national monopolies of economic wealth, and so far as the eight points, which demands complete disarmament for Germany pending some future limitation of arms for all nations.

The Pontiff emphasized principles of international morality with which most men of good-will agree. He uttered the ideas a spiritual leader would be expected to express in time of war. Yet his words sound strange and bold in the Europe of today, and we comprehend the complete submergence and enslavement of great nations, the very sources of our civilization, as we realize that he is about the only ruler left o the Continent of Europe who dares to raise his voice at all. The last tiny islands of neutrality are so hemmed in and overshadowed by war and fear that no one but the Pope is still able to speak aloud in the name of the Prince of Peace. This is indeed a measure of the "moral devastation" he describes as the accompaniment of physical ruin and inconceivable human suffering.

In calling for a "real new order" based on "liberty, justice and love," to be attained only by a "return to social and international principles capable of creating a barrier against the abuse of liberty and the abuse of power," the Pope put himself squarely against Hitlerism. Recognizing that there is no road open to agreement between belligerents "whose reciprocal war aims and programs seem to be irreconcilable," he left no doubt that the Nazi aims are also irreconcilable with his own conception of a Christian peace. "The new order which must arise out of this war," he asserted, "must be based on principles." And that implies only one end to the war.

Taken from a Catholic League article

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Elementary School Kids Know The Truth

This picture was taken at St. George's Catholic School in Erie, PA.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Haurietis Aquas

Rorate Cæli has a recent post celebrating 50 years of Pius XII's encyclical Haurietis Aquas, Draw the living waters - 50 years of Haurietis Aquas - I.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

A New Book On Pius XII

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

More Churches Voice Their Desire To Make Pius XII A Saint

Nothing too amazing about this. You would expect as much...

However, this is big news:

But you know the cause is going strong when this happens:

I even managed to find a celebrity endorsement from the 50's!

The Cause Has Reached The North Pole

The Chicago Cubs Think Pius XII Rules

Wrigleyfield Sign Generator

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

The Record of Pius XII's Opposition to Hitler

What? You still don't believe that Pius XII was a foe of Hitler? Read this!

Monday, May 01, 2006

Still at it

The news is reporting yet again on Pius XII's canonization moving along.

A Denial

Franciscan Holy Land leader denies he criticized Pope Pius XII

By Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The head of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land has denied that he criticized Pope Pius XII for not doing enough to defend the Jews during World War II.

In a May 1 clarification to statements reported in the Jerusalem newspaper Ha'aretz in late April, Franciscan Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, who is in charge of Christian sites in the Holy Land, said that in his April 25 speech at an academic conference in Tel Aviv, "No reference -- direct or indirect -- was made to Pius XII or the authorities of the Holy See.

"It was not my intention to express any historical judgment on what had happened during the war," he added in the statement, e-mailed to Catholic News Service May 1.

"The statements reported by Ha'aretz and attributed to me are, then, incorrect and false," he said.

In his clarification and in a telephone interview with CNS, Father Pizzaballa said he did not state anything that had not already been said in papal documents or in documents by European bishops.

Ha'aretz quoted Father Pizzaballa as criticizing "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."

Ha'aretz then reported: "Dr. Simcha Epstein of the Hebrew University's Vidal Sassoon Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism said the phrase 'high-level leaders,' was a veiled reference to Pope Pius XII."

Supporters of Pope Pius' sainthood cause recently gathered in Rome to hear about his virtues and denounce criticism that he did not do enough to help Jews during World War II. Some believe his cause has been delayed because of such criticism.