Rabbi Defends Pope Pius XII
In an article appearing in the February 26th edition of The Weekly Standard, a political weekly edited by conservative commentators William Kristol and Fred Barnes, Rabbi David G. Dalin persuasively addresses the criticisms of Pope Pius XII in recent books which argue he did little to oppose the Holocaust during World War II. Citing historical records and testimonies of Holocaust survivors and Jewish public figures, Rabbi Dalin shows that recent books like Hitler's Pope, Papal Sin and Under His Very Windows have less to do with the truth and history than "an intra-Catholic argument about the direction of the Church today, with the Holocaust simply the biggest club available for liberal Catholics to use against traditionalists." Fortunately for the memory of Pope Pius XII it is soft club. However, the weakness of the case is lost in all the media hype and praise of these purported histories.
In a stunning criticism of these authors Rabbi Dalin also charges that "[t]here is a disturbing element in nearly all the current work on Pius. ... All are about using the sufferings of Jews fifty years ago to force changes upon the Catholic Church today." He goes on to state, "It is this abuse of the Holocaust that must be rejected. A true account of Pius XII would arrive, I believe, at exactly the opposite to Cornwell's conclusion: Pius XII was not Hitler's pope, but the closest Jews had come to having a papal supporter —and at the moment when it mattered most."
Rabbi David Dalin's article is must reading for defenders of the Pope, and all those who seek the truth about the role of the Church during World War II. It can be read at:
The Weekly Standard: Pius XII and the Jews
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