20 October 2008
Reading recent news stories yet AGAIN slandering a good man, I wonder yet AGAIN why the Catholic Church should allow any other organized religion to dictate to her who she should or should not beatify, canonize or otherwise honor. If Jewish groups refuse to believe sober scholarly evidence that belies their ill-founded complaints about Pope Pius XII, great. I will heartily advise them not to honor him. It is their business.
But in response to stories like this or this, I say there is only one fitting response, assuming the necessary investigation in his cause is favorable in the eyes of the Church:
Beatify Pius XII now!
The Catholic Church beatifying an heroic Catholic causes a "wound difficult to heal" to another religion? Please. If the Catholic Church displeases another religion for functioning as the Catholic Church, then the problem does not lie with her. The time for walking on eggshells in this matter is past, whether or not it should ever have been thought necessary.
A little backbone would be nice to see. Pius XII certainly deserves it.
The Church cannot allow one of its holy shepherds to continue to be calumniated as he has been without adequate response. So far, all of the steps taken (and they have been good, as far as they have gone)-- release of documents, eyewitness accounts, scholarly evidence-- have failed to repair the damage. At this point, the Church should do what is right and let the chips fall where they may with those who don't like it.