[quote=challenger]I believe JPII did apologize, but I don’t think he should have. Pius XII was not indifferent at all to the Jews.
The Pope apologized for mistreatment of Jews from Christians throughout the ages. He should not have had to apologized for how the Pope treated them before or during the war. No one made more of an effort or had more of an impact on saving the Jews that Pope Pius XII. It is for his efforts during the war that there is an effort to make him a saint.
The Pope’s so called indifference saved thousands if not hundreds of thousands of Jews. He ordered Catholic Churches to house thousands of jewish refugees, and he order the Church to forge thousands of fake baptismal certificates for jews so they could escape to other countries or escape being sent to concentration camps.
Prior to the war converts for judaism (in one country) rose from 4 or 5 per year, to a peak of 20,000 per month. Unfortuanately the Nazis also noticed the increase, and ceased to exempt Jewish converts. But that was just one of many attempts, some more successful than others, that Pope Pius ordered on behalf of the Jews.
Many of his proclamations had to be subtle because Hitler reacted violently to any overt accusations, but they condemned the persecution of the Jews long before anyone else said a word. Hitler and the Nazi knew full well the Pope was totally anti-Nazi and supported the jews completely.
It is a tribute to the Pope that both Hitler and Mousallani (sp) hated the Pope more that any other world leader. It is an outrage that anyone would disparage what the Pope did during the war in light of how devoted he was to the task of helping the Jews to survive during that time.