Thursday, January 21, 2010

Pope Pius XII - overdue praise

I tuned into the Michael Savage show on the way home.... and was surprised to hear him talking about the Vatican's involvement during the holocaust.

In recent history, it's been a common suggestion that Pope Pius XII did not do enough to help the Jews plight.

However, the link below demonstrates that this was not the case! On the contrary, the Vatican and Pope Pius did quite a lot. Here are some of the notable quotes on this page (link below):

"Only the Church protested against the Hitlerian onslaught on liberty. Up till then I had not been interested in the Church, but today I feel a great admiration for the Church, which alone has had the courage to struggle for spiritual truth and moral liberty."
-Albert Einstein in Time Magazine 1940, quoted in Three Popes and the Jews by Pinchas E. Lapide (New York: Hawthorn, 1967), p. 251.
"The people of Israel will never forget what His Holiness and his illustrious delegates, inspired by the eternal principles of religion, which form the very foundation of true civilization, are doing for our unfortunate brothers and sisters in the most tragic hour of our history, which is living proof of Divine Providence in this world."
-Rabbi Isaac Herzog, chief rabbi of the British Mandate of Palestine, March 1945.
"The Church and the papacy have saved Jews as much and in as far as they could save Christians.... Six million of my co-religionists have been murdered by the Nazis, but there could have been many more victims, had it not been for the efficacious intervention of Pius XII."
-Dr. Raphael Cantoni, director of the Italian Jewish Assistance Committee, American Jewish Yearbook 1944-1945, 233.
"We share in the grief of humanity at the passing away of His Holiness Pope Pius XII. In a generation affected by wars and discords, he upheld the highest ideals of peace and compassion. When fearful martyrdom came to our people in the decade of Nazi terror, the voice of the Pope was raised for the victims. The life of our times was enriched by a voice speaking out on the great moral truths above the tumult of daily conflict. We mourn a great servant of peace."
-Golda Meir, Israeli Prime Minister, message of condolence to the Vatican, sent 1958

Click here to view Michael Savage's webpage: Praise For The Holy Father, Pope Pius XII


Julia said...

Thank you for the link...definitely going to check it out when I have time.

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