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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-