SOURCE: The Atlantic
by David I. Kerzer
Newly available Vatican documents, reported here for the first time, offer fresh insights into larger questions of how the Vatican thought about and reacted to the mass murder of Europe’s Jews, and into the Vatican’s mindset immediately after the war about the Holocaust, the Jewish people, and the Roman Catholic Church’s role and prerogatives as an institution.
SOURCE: New York Times
Reports by historian David Kertzer that documents in the Vatican archives reflect on the antisemitism of Pope Pius XII and his advisors have sparked countercharges by church historians that reports based on newly available sources will give priority to sensational findings.
Historian David Kertzer has published work based on newly available documents from the Vatican's archives, which suggests Pope Pius XII was motivated by political concerns to accept persecution of Europe's Jews and obstructed the reuniting of Jewish orphans with their families after the war.
by Rafael Medoff
In the end, whatever their respective reasons, the Pope and the president both opted to look away from the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time.
SOURCE: National Catholic Register
German historian and Catholic Priest Father Hubert Wolf has claimed that recently opened Vatican documents show Pope Pius XII was complicit with Nazi atrocities. Other Church historians dispute the novelty or veracity of his evidence.
SOURCE: Washington Post
Pope Pius XII, Accused of Silence During the Holocaust, Knew Jews Were Being Killed, Researcher Says
A team of resesarchers led by Hubert Wolf discovered documents suggesting Pope Pius XII knew at an early stage of the Nazi efforts at genocide, concealed those facts from the United States government and others, and concealed documents to protect the Church's image.
SOURCE: Mental Floss
by David Brown
Pope Pius XII resolved to do whatever he could to have Hitler killed.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK)
Rabbi Abraham Skorka, who has known the Argentine former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio for 20 years, said he had discussed the role of Pius XII – the man long dubbed as "Hitler's Pope" – at length with the new pontiff.The Rabbi, who recently co-authored On Heaven and Earth, a book of interviews with his friend, said he had made clear that he thought Pius's legacy ought to be "investigated thoroughly"."It's a terribly sensitive issue, but he says that it must be investigated thoroughly," he said. "I have no doubt that he will move to open the archives."...
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