Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Pope's Interview: Just Another Gripe

This one is from the Foxmanites who, despite the mountains of evidence from Jews and Gentiles alike, are absolutely obsessed with smearing the name of the Venerable Pope Pius XII.

A newly released interview with Pope Benedict XVI revives a bitter Catholic-Jewish dispute over whether the Roman Catholic Church did enough to save Jews from Hitler.

Wartime Pope Pius XII was a "righteous" pope who "saved more Jews than anyone," Benedict told German journalist Peter Seewald in a book out today, Light of the World: The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times.

But Jewish Holocaust experts sharply disagree.

"If the Catholic Church had any evidence, it would long ago have been taken out of the dustbins of the Vatican and shown to the world," said Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles. He noted that Pius XII saved Jews in Rome in 1944, "but where was he (from 1939 to 1943)? … He could have made a critical difference."

I'm not even going to give Foxman's tripe the dignity of being reproduced here.

First, I guess we can place Rabbi Hier in the category of being either an amnesiac or living in a cave for the last couple of decades. Second, ignoring the inaccuracy of his comment, it's great how he has to admit that the Pope did save Jews, but not with sufficient timeliness or fashion.

And we should get used to this because this is what the world does to the Supreme Pontiff. Even when they act heroically, it will never be enough. Someone will always find a way to criticize and excoriate them. Note the scrutiny of Pope Benedict regarding the abuse crisis.

We'll have another martyr pope someday, and the press who isn't rejoicing over the occasion will no doubt focus on how poorly the Holy Father went to his death.

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