Saturday, July 03, 2010

Future Pope Pius XII asked bishops to work to save synagogues

Two documents discovered in the Vatican Secret Archives reveal that the future Pope Pius XII sought to preserve Jewish culture, according to the Pave the Way Foundation.

On January 9, 1939, Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli, then the Vatican’s secretary of state, wrote to 60 prelates, “Do not engage in saving only Jewish people but also synagogues, cultural centers, and everything that pertains to their faith: the Torah scrolls, libraries, cultural centers, etc.”

The letter was written two months after Kristallnacht, when Nazis destroyed 267 synagogues in Germany and Austria.

The Pave the Way Foundation also uncovered a November 30, 1938 letter to nunciatures, apostolic delegations, and bishops in which Cardinal Pacelli requested 200,000 visas for “non-Aryan Catholics.”

Historian Michael Hesemann of the Pave the Way Foundation believes that “non-Aryan Catholics” was actually diplomatic code for Jews in general-- rather than only Jewish converts to Catholicism-- for two reasons:

  • In the letter, Cardinal Pacelli wrote that “care should be taken that sanctuaries are provided to safeguard their spiritual welfare and to protect their religious cult, customs and traditions”-- a directive that makes far more sense if it applied to Jews in general rather than to Jewish converts.

  • Many of the bishops who responded to Cardinal Pacelli said that they were aiding “persecuted Jews.”

  • SIC: CC

    1 comment:

    sixmillionbook said...

    For the layman, sometimes it’s hard to know what things actually mean. After all, one cannot be an expert on everything, so we must rely on others whom we trust. The problem of course is that even when we read information from trusted sources we may be misled. For instance, a recent article on Zenit discusses some documents recently found by Michael Hesemann from Pave the Way Foundation. I think there is a problem of interpretation in the way these documents are evaluated. In the past Mr. Hesemann also presented findings of documents in a misleading way, as he implied the Catholic Church had always been opposed to the Nazi Party. Even though it’s true the Church banned membership into the party prior to 1933, after Hitler came to power and the Vatican signed an agreement with Nazi Germany that same year the Church lifted the ban. This detail, and the fact that millions of Catholics subsequently became members of the Nazi Party and wholeheartedly supported it and its policies seems to have been conveniently overlooked in Mr. Hesemann’s reporting. See “Paving the way to disinformation” (http://www.sixmillioncrucifixions.com/blog/?p=212).

    The new documents recently found were letters sent by the Vatican Secretary of State and later Pope Pius XII Cardinal Pacelli in 1938 to several nunciatures and apostolic delegations. In these letters, Cardinal Pacelli requested visas for “ebrei convertiti” (converted Jews), and “non-Aryan Catholics”. This of course sounds good, but not as good as Mr. Hesemann would like us to think.

    (Article continues here: http://www.sixmillioncrucifixions.com/blog/?p=251)


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