Jewish Journal

Jewish leaders pained by the pope’s comments on Pius XII

by Brad A. Greenberg

November 21, 2010 | 12:26 pm

That in his new book Pope Benedict XVI says of condoms “there could be single cases that can be justified” is not the only passage getting attention. Turns out Jewish leaders aren’t very happy with Benedict’s comments on Pope Pius XII, who has been referred to as “Hitler’s Pope” for turning a blind eye away from the Holocaust.

Here’s the word from FaithWorld:

In the book-length interview with a German journalist, the pope says of Pius: “The decisive thing is what he did and what he tried to do, and on that score we really must acknowledge, I believe, that he was one of the great righteous men and that he saved more Jews than anyone else.”

“Pope Benedict’s comments fill us with pain and sadness and cast a menacing shadow on Vatican-Jewish relations,” said Elan Steinberg, vice president of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants.

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