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The Myth of HITLER's POPE – Hubert_Luns

The Myth of HITLER's POPE – Hubert_Luns

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This is the story of how a Pope helped to save a multitude of Jews during the Second World War. By his ‘scandalous silence’ Pius XII is alleged to have played into the hands of the German regime of thugs, but a precise historical analysis demonstrates the contrary.
This is the story of how a Pope helped to save a multitude of Jews during the Second World War. By his ‘scandalous silence’ Pius XII is alleged to have played into the hands of the German regime of thugs, but a precise historical analysis demonstrates the contrary.

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The Myth of Hitler’s Pope
 
The Pastor Angelicus
Pius XII saved 860,000 Jews from certain death
The Vatican, Saint Peter’s Square, Rome
1 – Rome is in the image of Esau
Rome is an image of the Esau kingdom. Jacob’s jealous brother was treacherously robbed of hisrights and promises, and he and his offspring were therefore consumed by jealousy and hatred. Inthe Jewish tradition Christendom is often compared to Esau.(1)No wonder, in view of the factthat the Christians, at times, have behaved in an extremely inimical manner towards the Jews. Theghettos were a papal invention. After the bull “Cum nimis absurdum” (1555), enunciating theabsurdity of permitting the Jews to have access to our society and even to live among us, whothrough their own fault and because of all their doings would have been condemned by God toeternal slavery, Pope Paul IV ordered the segregation of Jews in ghettos, which subsequentlysprang up everywhere in Europe, only to be rescinded in 1870. In this, he was following in thefootsteps of Pope Eugene IV, who forbade (1442) Jews and Christians to eat together, somethingthat matched up with no few decisions promulgated at an earlier date. The dictate issued by PaulIV also matched up with the 
“Canons of the Fourth Lateran Council of 1215, pertaining to theJews”
. Since the Jews had been accused of deicide in the second century, the anti-Jewishtendencies within the Christian church had taken on a significant role, but this did not becomeacute until Church and State came together in collaboration. And yet it is also possible to look  back on another contrary tradition. The pope who took the lead here was Gregory the Great
 
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(590-604). Of him, Jules Isaac says the following: 
“Pope Gregory the Great inaugurated withrespect to the Jews, a policy of humanity, equity, and relative protection, which does him honor,and will do honor to popes after him; for a tradition was thus established from which many – but not all – would have the goodness of mind and heart to find their inspiration.”
 (2)I would pointout that the bull “Sicut Judaeis” issued by Pope Calixtus II in the year 1120 offered a Charter of Protection that was subsequently introduced into Canon Law by Pope Clement III (1187-1191).This Charter was been taken up and elucidated by twenty Popes up until the fifteenth century. Yetthere are many good examples of Popes who set themselves the task of defending the Jews, alsoin our recent history, notably during the last World War when four thousand Jews were able tofind refuge in Italian monasteries. Nevertheless, the prevailing attitude was different. To quoteEsther Dorflinger, a Jewish convert to Christianity, from an interview in “Ein Kerem” in May1989:
“Rarely have the Jewish people experienced love from the side of Christians. Actually,most Jews associate the Holocaust with Christendom.”
So it should come as no surprise that theEsau-image is also the image of Christendom.
• The controversy surrounding Pope Pius XII, who is said to have been ‘on the wrong side”during the Second World War, has not yet by any means died down. This can be seen from thepress cutting reproduced below. The erroneous opinions around this heroic pope need to be setto rights, something we are attempting to do with our article. All this slander must finally bestopped. Rehabilitation is called for. As far as we are concerned, the beatification process of thePastor Angelicus can simply continue, as a precursor to his canonisation.
 Jews' objections slow Pius XII’s path to sainthood (postulator)
ROME 18-10-2008 (AFP news): Pope Benedict XVI has not signed the decree attestingto the heroic virtues of Pius XII, the first towards canonisation,
“out of concern formaintaining good relations with Jews”,
so told Father Peter Gumpel to the Italian newsagency ANSA. He is the postulator in Pius XII’s case for sainthood. Pius XII was pontiff from 1939 to 1958, and is accused of having been passive towards the Nazi persecution of Jews. Earlier Benedict XVI defended the memory of Pius XII. The Vatican spokesman Fre-derico Lombardi considered
“that a time for reflection would be appropriate.” 
 Those opposing the beatification of Pope Eugenio Pacelli (the real name of the ‘warpope’) are to be found not only within the Jewish community but also inside the CatholicChurch.
“The Catholic Church does what it can to have good relations with Israel but  friendly relations can only be built on reciprocity” 
, Gumpel said.
“We see that the popewith a great sense of hospitality invited a rabbi to our synod and he abused our kindnessby attacking Pius XII on three occasions. Of course the rabbi can say what he wants, but if he is our guest and he talks like that he doesn't help improve our relations” 
, FatherGumpel remarked.Shear-Yashuv Cohen, the grand rabbi of Haifa, Israel, told an Italian newspaper earlierthis month:
"We oppose the beatification of Pius XII. We cannot forget his silence on the Holocaust.” 
 
There is also another side. For an impressive historical account of the actions of the Church tohelp her Jewish brethren, one should turn to the minutes of 5th February 1807, of the first andonly convention of Napoleon’s Sanhedrin made up of 71 delegates of the Jewish faith. Next toinstitutional actions there were also many private actions of men and women who dissociatedthemselves from the hysteria of the populace. Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Martyrs and He-roes’ Memorial Authority keeps records of the high-minded Gentiles who, irrespective of creedand family, risked their lives to save Jews during the Second World War. “Conscience & Cou-
 
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rage” by Eva Fogelman gives a systematic account of why and how people, often of humble ori-gin, at great risk to themselves and their families, helped Jews escape the Nazis.
 2 - The voice of the Pope was raised for Hitler’s victims
This is the story of how a Pope helped to save a multitude of Jews during the Second World War.How Pope Pius XII was actively involved in the rescue of Jews is reported in “Pius XII and theSecond World War - according to the Archives of the Vatican”, written by the Jesuit Pierre Bletand confreres. The original twelve-volume work was composed in the period between 1965 and1982. In 1997 an abridged version was published.(3)It follows day by day and sometimes hour  by hour the work of Pius XII and his close associates from May 1939, when the Germansmarched into Prague – just three days after he was raised to the papacy – until the very end of thewar. Included are his public announcements, speeches, messages, and letters exchanged with civiland ecclesiastical dignitaries, as well as details of his secret manoeuvring to forestall the ruin of Europe and to offer relief where possible. Recorded are both his own doubts about the possibleextent of his actions as well as the vigorous praise of contemporary statesmen like Churchill.By his ‘scandalous silence’ Pius XII is alleged to have played intothe hands of the German regime of thugs. In spite of the contro-versy that surrounds the theme, Father Blet’s account proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Pope did the right thing anddemands our admiration. We have to take into account that notonly the Jews were victims of the merciless Nazi persecution, butalso many thousands of priests, other religious people and manymore laymen because of their stand against the Nazis based ontheir Christian faith. This presented a great dilemma! Although thePastor Angelicus evaded – had to evade- a head-to-head publicconfrontation with the Third Reich, he took many steps, especiallyvia diplomatic channels, that worked out favourably. Neverthelesshe was not only the ‘silent Pope’ for otherwise Golda Meir, the Israeli Minister of ForeignAffairs, would not have stated in her public address at the United Nations on the day the Popedied in 1985:
“When fearful martyrdom came to our people, the voice of the Pope was raised for its victims.”
 The Jewish compliments in his favour are commonly dealt with as coming from people who were not informed. The question is too vast to deal with within the scope of thisarticle. Let the following suffice. Is it possible to say the same of Israel Zoller (or Zolli), who wasthe Chief Rabbi of Rome during the war years, that he was not abreast of things? At the end of war he became a Christian. On the occasion, on 13
th
February 1945 when, together with hisfamily he received the sacrament of baptism from the hands of Monsignor Luigi Traglia, headopted the Christian name of Eugenio in honour of and to show his gratitude towards Pope‘Eugenio’ Pacelli who, through his exemplary conduct, had saved the lives of many Jews. Accor-ding to the respected Jewish historian Pinchas Lapide, the Roman Church, under the pontificateof Pius XII, was instrumental in saving from certain death at least 700,000 but probably as manyas 860,000 Jews, but this Zolli could not have known at the time! Lapide continues:
“It was as if this crusade of rescue was meant to atone, in part, for the hateful teachings of the past.”
 (3) In Pius XII’s famous
“Christmas message of 1942”
, which The New York Times among othersextolled, the Pope became the first figure of international stature to hint at what was turning intothe Holocaust. He said, being surrounded by the German occupation force:
“Mankind owes that vow – bent on bringing back society to its centre of gravity, which is the law of God – to thehundreds of thousands of persons who, without any fault on their part, sometimes only because of 

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