The Vatican’s newspaper announced the plan, saying it will “render service to the historic truth,” and officials said Tuesday the material will be accessible soon.
However a panel of Jewish and Catholic scholars who examined the 11 volumes of material a decade ago concluded that more information was required to decide whether Pius did everything he could to head off the Nazis’ efforts to exterminate European Jews.
Some Jews and others contend Pius should have done more, and are angered by Pope Benedict XVI’s recent decision to move Pius closer to sainthood.
The Vatican’s daily newspaper L’Osservatore Romano said Gary Krup, an American who heads the Pave the Way Foundation, which seeks to strengthen Catholic-Jewish relations, was behind the online initiative. It quoted him as saying that the Pius XII papacy “has become a source of friction.”
Benedict sparked renewed outrage among Jewish groups in December when he signed a decree on Pius’ heroic virtues, paving the way for him to be beatified once a miracle attributed to his intercession is confirmed.
From the AP
Of course the secular press and the most critical Jewish organizations have ignored the countless heroic acts of Catholic clergy and religious who risked their lives to hide Jews in their rectories, monasteries, hospitals, schools and other places.
The conversion of the Chief Rabbi of Rome to Catholicism after the war is well known to Catholic apologists along with the accounts of Jews hidden in the papal apartments and the accolades piled on Pius XII by those Jews who owed him their lives as well as Israeli leaders like Golda Meir. But these matters are never covered in the press.
Most importantly, the Vatican archive documents can never tell the whole story because many of the orders to save Jews by hiding them and falsifying baptism certificates were wisely never committed to paper lest they fall into the hands of the Nazis and become a pretext for further persecution of the Church and the more effective discovery of hidden Jews among her institutions as happened in Holland.
The ruthless false witness against Pius XII’s reputation has nothing to do with Christan anti-semitism but is rooted in Jewish anti-Catholicism. Both of which are crimes against humanity.