As some of you may be aware, Pater Ignotus (father unknown, but presumably a Catholic priest)has often challenged me to good humor, lighthearted debates that have occurred in the "comments" section of this blog. Sometimes,things do get inflamed. He offers a comment to Gabriel Wilensky that hits the target's bull's eye. Kudos! I paste it here prominently but also publish it in the previous blogs comment section:
To Gabriel Wilensky:
In her small book, "Did Pope Pius XII Help The Jews?", Sr. Margherita Marchione offers a limited chronology of Pius XII's life. The first entry concerning Pacelli and the Jews is February 9, 1916. (Note the date) "In response to an appeal by the American Jewish Committee on Dec 30, 1915, that Pope Benedict XV use his moral influence to speak out against anti-Semitism, Pacelli (later, Pius XII) became deeply involved in the preparation of a pro-Jewish document signed by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Gaspari. His statement appeared in the New York Times, April 17, 1916 under the headline, "Papal Bull Urges Equality for Jews."
As early as 1916, Pacelli was involved in work on behalf of the Jews.
Both "Pius XII and the Second World War - According to the Vatican Archives" by Fr. Pierre Blet, SJ, and "The Myth of Hitler's Pope" by Rabbi David Dalin, offer extensive reviews, based in part on Vatican archival materials, of the involvement of Pius XII and the Vatican on behalf of the Jews throughout the years before, during, and immediately after World War II.
Both books cite their sources. Dalin's book alone offers 673 end notes.
It seems to me that anyone who asks "Where is the evidence?" has simply not looked.