Society That Thinks Pope Pius XII Rules

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Cardinal Kasper Defends Pius XII


Pope Pius XII "did what was humanly possible" to protect Jews from Nazi persecution during the years of World War II, Cardinal Walter Kasper has told an Italian weekly.

Cardinal Kasper told Il Consulente Re that Pope Pius did his best to "strike a balance in such a tragic situation." By acting quietly-- in the belief that a more public protest against Nazi racism would have triggered still worse persecution-- the Pope "helped countless victims," the German prelate argued. Cardinal Kasper concluded that it is "unfair to judge Pius by today's standards."

Despite some complaints that he failed to take action against the Holocaust, Pope Pius XII is a candidate for beatification. The postulator for his cause, Father Peter Gumpel, has said that the cause is proceeding normally, with beatification likely in the next few years.