Suspend Pius XII sainthood process, Jewish lobbyists plea
An American lobby group against anti-Semitism, the Anti-Defamation League, is calling for the suspension of the canonisation process for World War II Pope Pius XII until the Vatican archives for the late pope's pontificate are finally opened.
Ynet News reports that the ADL wants the process stopped until the archives are examined "so that the full record of the Pope's actions during the Holocaust may finally be known."
The Holy See Congregation for the Saints has already voted in favour of a decree recognising Pius' "heroic virtues," a major hurdle in a long process toward sainthood that began in 1967.
"We urge Pope Benedict XVI to suspend the sainthood process for Pope Pius XII for the sake of historical truth and the deepening friendship between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people," said Abraham Foxman, the league's national director and a Holocaust survivor.
"While we understand that the process of sainthood is an internal matter for the Church, the issue of what Pius XII did or did not do to help save Jews during the Holocaust is a profound question that must be resolved first for the sake of the Jewish-Catholic relationship," Foxman said in a statement.
The Vatican maintains that Pius did not speak out against the Holocaust more forcefully because he was afraid of worsening the fate of Catholics and Jews and worked behind the scenes to save Jews.
Jewish groups have pressed the Vatican for years to either freeze the sainthood process of Pius XII or shelve it altogether for fears that it would harm Catholic-Jewish relations.
ADL urges Pope to suspend Pius sainthood (Ynet News, 14/5/07)
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15 May 2007