My name is Nick, I’m from the diocese of Toledo. I’m kind of new here. Well here goes my question. I’ve read all the controversy surrounding Pius XII, the Jews and the Holocaust. I wonder why there are Jewish people still upset with the church over the holocaust. When people at Pius’ time were fully aware of the church’s opposition to Nazi Germany. I found that even Dwight D. Eisenhower even complented Pius XII on his efforts to savc over 800,000 jews. My question is why are so many Jews still upset with the Catholic Church over Pius XII’s efforts when the Pope did all he could? Your help would be greatly appreciated.
Padre Pio “Don’t worry, work and pray”
This is a subject dear to my heart. Recently a student of mine came back from Rome. For three days he looked for a Pius XII medal or something that has the Pope’s image because he wanted to bring it to me as a gift. Wherever he would ask for Pius’ picture or momento, store workers would look at him in amazement and would even ask him, “Do you know Pius XII died in 1958?” My student would reply “yes, but my teacher loves Pius and I want something that has Pius image.” Finally the kid went into a store near the Vatican and when he asked, this nun said, “Funny you should ask. The other day we did our inventory and I found this little box from the early 60s with the image of Pope Pius XII.” It’s a beautiful medal of him. It just so happened it was never sold and Sister simply gave it to the kid. When the student brought it to me and told me the story I could not believe it. I love and respect Pius like no other Pope, although I greatly admire all the popes of the 20th century.
The controvery about Pius XII goes deeper than you might think. 1) Those Catholics who today resent centralized authority and a strong disciplinarian Pope simply dislike Pius to no end. 2) Those Jews who have believe the distortions of history do not want him canonized because they will rather believe his detractors than the historical record 3) Politics has “literally” made his canonization much more difficult and I do not believe this Pope will canonize him in his life time. If the next Pope knows about Pius sanctity and is willing to go against the grain of political correct non-sense, Pacelli will be canonized and I will fly to Rome, God willing, for his canonization.
In case you don’t know it, you opened a pandora’s box.