Unfortunately, amateur historians have dominated much of the debate around the role of Pius XII
I defy any critic to cite a single line in the book indicating that Pius XII
was part of a conspiracy in any shape or form, except for a brief incident early in the war when he offered to act as a conduit for a group of anti-Nazi Germans who were seeking Allied support in the event of Hitler's removal.
I don't want to say that Pius XII
did not make any mistakes - I myself make many - but he has to be seen in the context of that era.
Ventresca seeks to provide a balanced and comprehensive assessment of Pope Pius XII
From the concluding phase of the Second World War onward--and increasingly so since the mid-1960s--the debate over Pius XII
and the official acts of his papacy has been a central question in contemporary historiography.
But for the last half century, Hochhuth's charge has put the Vatican on the defensive, particularly during the last decade, when a firestorm of international controversy accompanied Pope Benedict XVI's approval of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints' recommendation to name Pius XII
"venerable," a step towards possible canonization.
Part of the problem in evaluating Pius XII
and his attitude toward the Jews is one of papal rhetoric.
Rabbi Abraham Skorka, a friend of the current Pontiff for the past 20 years, says he has had a discussion with Pope Francis about the actions of Pius XII
- the man long dubbed 'Hitler's Pope'.
A scholar of modern world history adds to his extensive writing on the papacy by exploring the controversial policies and actions of Pius XII
during World War II, and the Cold War that followed.
This made available millions of pages about Eugenio Pacelli, who served as papal nuncio in Germany from 1917 until 1929 and as Papal Secretary of State from 1930 until he became Pope Pius XII
Much of this controversy relates to the alleged inaction of Pius XII
, pope during the years in which the Nazis implemented the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question.
London, July 7 (ANI): Dr Michael Hesemann, an academic carrying out research in the Vatican Archives for a US-based interfaith group 'Pave the Way Foundation', has claimed that Pope Pius XII
, the controversial wartime pontiff, may have saved thousands of Jews by secretly securing visas so they could escape from Nazis in Germany.
Thank you so very much for Selwyn Duke's article about the late Pope Pius XII
("Pope Pius XII
: Hero in the Unmaking," March 15 issue)
Similar to a defence of Pope Pius XII
by French scholar Bernard-Henri Levy, American writer Dimitri Cavalli has published an article in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz in the same vein.
5), the director of Clark University's Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, professor Deborah Dwork, along with the Anti-Defamation League's Rabbi Eric Greenberg, expressed shock and outrage at the recent action of Pope Benedict XVI, in formally putting in motion a process which will in all likelihood result in the eventual canonization of Pope Pius XII