Prudent to wait?

Today: Scholars ask pope to put Pius XII’s sainthood cause on hold


WASHINGTON (CNS) — A group of Christian and Jewish scholars is calling for the sainthood cause of Pope Pius XII to be put on hold.The American, Canadian and European scholars said they believe more extensive study is still needed to look into claims that Pope Pius, who headed the church from 1939 to 1958, did not do enough during World War II to protect Jews from the Holocaust.

“The Vatican will not achieve credibility on the question of Pius XII’s wartime record by relying solely on the work of defenders of Pius XII,” the statement said. “We therefore respectfully urge Catholic authorities to continue a hold on a consideration of Pius XII’s beatification/canonization until all relevant archival material is made available and scrutinized.”

The scholars made their plea to the Vatican in a statement issued Oct. 21 by Servite Father John T. Pawlikowski of the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and Edward Kessler, director of the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations at the Woolf Institute of Abrahamic Faiths in Cambridge, England; it was signed by seven other academics.




Bishop Sergio Pagano, prefect of the Vatican archives, recently told the Jerusalem Post that the Vatican’s five archivists would need another five or six years to catalog documents from Pope Pius’ pontificate.”Regarding Pius XII’s beatification, as a historian, I would think it prudent to wait a few years after the opening of the archives,” Bishop Pagano said.

“Allowing further research and waiting can only strengthen his case. Certainly nothing negative will be found,” he said.



I tend to agree.  We have nothing to fear of the truth.  If he was truly worthy, not just of respect because held the office of pope, and not just of admiration because he meant well, but of veneration as a saint, further research can only confirm this.  If this research, on the other hand, refutes it, we’ll be glad we waited.


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