To my previous blog on Pope Pius XII, Gabriel Wilensky comments and I paste it here again below. I am no expert on Pope Pius XII, therefore I cannot condemn or accuse him. I can only listen to the voices of historians and these voices and writings offer totally different perspectives. I tend to want to believe that Pope Pius XII was not an anti-Semite and did what he could and more so than most other world leaders. I also believe that with 20/20 hindsight we can fault him and many others for what they didn't do, verbally and in actuality.
But let's say that Mr. (Dr.?) Wilensky is correct in his assessment about Pope Pius XII. I will also agree that anti-Semitism was at work throughout the ages, even pre-Christian, that has contributed to Jewish suffering and the Holocaust. Christians from this perspective could well be complicit. But lets face it Hitler and his henchmen were far from Christian--they were atheistic, godless secularists trying to form a Utopian society of perfect blue-eyed, blond Germans.
In addition, many Jewish commentators are silent on the other 6 million who died under Hitler. These died also because of their ethnic origin, mental or physical disabilities or sexual orientation. The majority of these were Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant. Was Pope Pius XII anti-Christian due to is so-called silence in this regard?
Finally, lets fast forward to today. In this country alone nearly 50 million unborn children have been slaughtered because of our Government's promotion of the legality of abortion.These victims' only crime is that they are "unborn, underdeveloped physically, unwanted, undesired, unseen, not heard and perhaps the wrong gender and experience mental and physical disabilities that would be burdensome to those who would have to care for them." While I know it may not be appropriate to call this a Holocaust, what would we call it? I would ask Mr. Wilensky if he has been silent about this wholesale slaughter? What Jewish Rabbis in this country have been silent? Are there any rabbis on the international level and in Israel who remain silent on this wholesale slaughter in the USA and elsewhere? Please name them! Or has there been an explicit call to allow for the legalization of this slaughter under the euphemism of the despicable term "Pro-choice?" We're in the midst of this major infanticide today and blindness, silence and advocacy for the pro-choice agenda needs to be condemned as loudly and clearly as the voices against Pope Pius XII condemn him for his so-called silence and inaction during and before his papacy! Mr. Wilensky, I hope your silence will not be deafening on this subject of legalized abortion.
Gabriel Wilensky said...
Pope Benedict claims the “The Apostolic See itself provided assistance, often in a hidden and discreet way” during the Holocaust. How does he know this? Is there any evidence he has access to the rest of the world doesn’t? If so, given the controversy surrounding the role of the Vatican and of Pope Pius XII during the murder of six million Jews, the last and most devastating step in a long history of antisemitism fostered by the Church for centuries, it behooves the Church to release any information as soon as possible. Yet, about 50 years ago when the controversy about Pope Pius began the Holy See released eleven volumes of documents with the purpose of “exonerating” the wartime pope from any wrongdoing, including that of inaction. It stands to reason these must have been the best documents showing the Vatican’s “hidden and discreet” work to save Jews. Yet, almost none of it showed the Holy See or the pope had done that. The Vatican’s public efforts are of course well-known, and they show no clear action on behalf of the hounded Jews of Europe, including those of Rome. Now Pope Benedict wants to raise Pope Pius to the sainthood for his “heroic virtues”. Even though it’s the Church’s prerogative to canonize whoever they wish, canonizing Pope Pius XII before the Vatican Secret Archives covering the WWII period are opened to independent researchers is a misguided effort that can turn into a public relations disaster for the Catholic Church.
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