As a Catholic, I often cringe when a Jew brings up Pius XII fearing being associated with his faults or something new being brought up. So Prof. Wistrich let me off lightly. At best, Pius XII could be canonized for 'just following orders.' He followed the 19th century ideal of the imperial, within Catholicism, Pope with disastrous results. Hitler secured the dissolution of the Christian Democrats and his dictatorship with Pius XII's Concordat. Nevertheless, Pius' beatification would be a small back step compared to the changes initiated by John XXIII and Vatican II which said that God's covenant with the Jewish people was not abrogated by Christ. This is confirmed in the new liturgy cycle of readings which has Jews qua Jews called as Chosen of God at the end of the world, a reading several months ago.
Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks dies at 82 (Haaretz)
from the article: Why has Pope Benedict chosen now to beatify Nazi-era pontiff?