Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Holocaust Survivors to Honor Pope Pius XII

A group of Holocaust survivors are going to host a symposium to discuss Pope Pius XII and his role in saving Jews during WW2. I hope and pray this gets some MSM coverage but I suspect it won't. Sadly, the myth that Pope Pius aided and abetted the Nazi regime is accepted by almost everyone- except the Jews themselves who survived one of the darkest times in human history. Leading Rabbis have written books in support of the Pope's efforts to conceal Jews during the Nazi occupation of Italy but I still hear people bring this myth up when discussing the Catholic Church.

As early as 1929, when he was still nuncio to Germany, and four years before Hitler came to power, Sister Pascalina remembers how Archbishop Pacelli warned that Hitler was a "madman," capable of destroying everything that went before him; and she describes how the Nuncio criticized Germans who refused to recognize the evil Hitler represented. (See Pascalina's memoirs, Pio XII, il privilegio di servirlo [Milan: Rusconi, 1984]).

Ten years later, after Pacelli became Pope Pius XII, Sister Pascalina describes how the pontiff continued to fight Hitler with every fiber of his being, and how Pius went out of his way to assist the victims of the Third Reich. In her testimony before the Congregation (Session CLXIII, March 17, 1972), Sister Pascalina stated: "The Pope not only opened the doors of the Vatican to protect the persecuted, but he encouraged convents and monasteries to offer hospitality. The Vatican provided provisions for these people. The accusation that Pius XII was indifferent to the needs of the victims is without foundation. He ordered me to spend his inheritance and personal funds to provide for those who wished to leave Italy and go to Canada, Brazil, or elsewhere. Note that $800 was needed for each person who emigrated. Many times the Pope would ask me to deliver to Jewish families a sealed envelope containing $1,000 or more."



Blogger Padre Steve said...

Wow, the Holy Father has been busy! God bless him!

June 21, 2008 12:18 AM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

Amen, Father. Thanks for visiting my blog. I always feel honored to have a priest stop by.

June 21, 2008 8:18 AM  

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