Monday, December 21, 2009

Blessed--- oops, excuse me--- Venerable Pius XII

Thank you, Holy Father! Pope Pius's name has been slandered long enough. He did more to help Jews in Europe than anyone else. Before Pearl Harbor, FDR turned fleeing Jews away. England didn't exactly open her arms to millions either, although in fairness England was busy being hammered by the Germans. During the war, the Allied forces were aware of that Jews were being sent to concentration camps but bombing the train tracks and roads that led to the camps was not done.
I realize that some groups have protested the pope's beatification. They should be politely ignored.


Anita Moore said...

I wish it was Bl. has certainly been long enough...but actually, he was declared Venerable. He still needs a miracle for beatification.

Dymphna said...

Oh oops. I've been thinking of him as Blessed for so long....

R J said...

If Abe Foxman were to shut up on the subject of Pius XII's wartime record, and were to read a few serious books (Rabbi Dalin, Margherita Marchione, the Protestant scholar Owen Chadwick etc) on the topic, that would surely be a miracle in itself.

Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Deo Gratias :)

Smiley said...

May i ask what the Difference is I htought Veneralbe was the trem for Blessed.

Anita Moore said...

Smiley, here are the steps:

1. Servant of God. This is the title you get when your cause for sainthood is first opened.

2. Venerable. This is the title you get when, after your life is thoroughly investigated, you are declared to have practiced heroic virtue.

3. Blessed. This is the title you get when you have been beatified. Beatification requires a miracle attributable solely to your intercession.

4. Saint. Sainthood requires a second miracle attributed solely to your intercession.

EXCEPTION: Miracles are not required in the case of martyrs for the faith (e.g., St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher were canonized without miracles). A key element to proving martyrdom for the faith is that the killing was motivated by hatred for the faith (odium fidei).

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Hans Georg Lundahl said...

How Pius XII Helped the Jews is now on:

I agree he has been slandered often enough on that account.

Still, I oppose beatification on other grounds.

1) His Bull on the Assumption contains material error or very unclear wording, not in central definition, but in explanations leading up to it;
2) Same year his Humani Generis was a disaster for Catholic thought on Creation vs Evolution topics, and has led up to the Ratzinger signed document of 1993 (of which I was not aware back then in my Ratzinger admiring days) which considers "Fundamentalist" reading of Scripture as un-Catholic, even himself overturned the good points in HG by his allocution 22 Nov next year;
3) Michel Colin claims he got a revelation from God saying Pius XII was no longer Pope. He later took action on that revelation and took the name Clement XV.

With a series of non-Popes in Vatican, an early Pope of another line is very useful to avoid the stigma of a LONG Papal sedevacancy, and Clement XV comes into line.

4) Pope Michael's episcopal lineage goes back to Duarte Costa, another man who was not happy with Pius XII.

5) EPACELLI adds up to 665 in ASCII Code, if I recall correctly. BERGOGLIO to 666.