Marathon canonization of Pius XII ? Why? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 11.05.07 | 13:48 (IDT)

    As I am not Christian the question of Sainthood to be declared by the Vatican is a pure religious one of religious significant only. ? One has to differentiate between the political Vatican and the position of the Pope as the head of the Roman Catholic Church nevertheless one can commentate on this process at present times. Here it becomes somewhat interwoven into the moral conclusion to be drawn from the Holocaust a unique measure in history and its imprint on nowadays society. Pope Pius XII is to be judged differently from Cardinal Pacelli. Pacelli?s function is to judged as completely political function in every respect as representing the Vatican politically in Germany during the end of Word War I ? Hohanzollern Kaizer Wilhelm II - into the Weimar Republic ( 1919-1933). The political role of Cardinal Pacilli enable the Nazi party to come into being (1923) and later on in 1933 to establish ?1 0 0 0 Nazi year? - In 1939 he was elected to become Pope and continued at least for the first 3 years and more his political view of Europe, but later when Rome, his birth city came under Hitler?s heel he tried to be helpful to Jews to Italy and other persecuted. - One got the impression that Pacilli Pius was mortally afraid of Eastern Communism etc and did not realize the price of his misjudgment. In consideration of what is known so far of Piu XII role in the political world not all documentation, records etc have been researched so that no final historic judgment can be made about his role. Most probably it would have been advisable not to proceed at the present time with the process of preparing a possible of Sainthood. Still tens of hundreds of thousand case witnesses, sufferers from that period are alive. It should be weighed if religious belief can be completely independent of humanity.

    from the article: ADL urges Pope to suspend Pius sainthood over Holocaust inaction
    First published 00:00 11.05.07 | Last updated 00:00 11.05.07
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