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Monday, August 01, 2005

A Righteous Gentile: Pope Pius XII and the Jews


Rabbi David Dalin summarizes the heroic efforts of Pius XII to save the Jews during the Second World War and refutes the charges against him. I assume his enemies are motivated by hostility to his teaching and a desire to accentuate the discontinuity in the Church before and after the council by discrediting the last pre-conciliar Pope. The flimsiness of their charges and the weight of evidence for Pius's opposition to the Nazis (even before the more recent research Dalin cites) is so strong and their slogans so outrageous that it is hard to believe that they have any other goal than to discredit the man by any means.