Our late Holy Father did a lot to save Jews, but after his death there have been some people attempting to rewrite history and ruin his name, it’s not only a direct attack at him, but the Church in general, to falsely show the church did nothing in WWII, as a result what should have been a very quick beatification and canonization has lead his cause to be in limbo now nearly 50 years after his death. I hope enough people will pray for this, on October 9th there will be a mass in Rome which Benedict XVI presides over, in remembrance of the 50 years passing in 1958. Let’s not forget many Jews back then thanked him for his support including the chief rabbis, and now many do too.
Still, Pius XII’s critics insist that if he had confronted Hitler directly - publicly excommunicating him and all who supported him - that German Catholics might have risen up in revolt. That is the accusation of the New York Times of March 18. 1998: “The Pope did not encourage Catholics to defy Nazis’ orders.” The Times first endows the Pope with power he did not possess and then demands that he act on that power. Essentially, it is a demand that he should have accepted the sacrifice of innocent people. The only certain result of papal moral rage would have been Hitler’s immoral rage. Further,** the historical record on excommunications is clear. They have been notoriously ineffective over the last four or five centuries. Excommunicating Luther did not slow Protestantism nor did it cow Henry VIII nor any subsequent king or emperor out to humble and loot the Vatican.** Those who vest Pius XII’s Vatican with the kind of power held for a limited period in the Middle Ages but never demonstrated before or since are being disingenuous.** It is unconscionable to malign a brave and good man with such feeble arguments.**
Give oh Lord, to those people that suffer persecution for the faith, your spirit of fortitude, and unite them indissolubly to Christ and the Church. Awake in the souls that call you Father, a hunger and thirst for social justice, a brotherly charity in works and truth. Give oh Lord, peace to our days, peace to the souls, peace to the family, peace for the country, and peace amongst the nations.
Pater Noster, qui es in Caelis, sanctificetur nomen tuum, adveniat regnum tuum, fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie, et dimittie nobis debita nostra, sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris, et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo. Amen.
Ave Maria, Gratia plena, Dominus Tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae, Amen.