Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Pope Pius XII who worked closely with Nazis may become a Saint

Cat Chapin Bishop over at Quaker Pagan Reflections asks us to give the criticism of Jesus a rest for 2010:
"If Jesus is not part of your religion, if you don't have a relationship with him you are interested in pursuing or exploring, can you please, please, please shut up about him already?"

Even though I am very active in interfaith work I can not agree with her sentiment entirely.  Here is part of my reason why - Pope Benedict last Saturday just took the first steps to make Pius XII the Pope from the World War 2 period a saint.  This was noticed by a fellow Pagan blogger who points outs that murder and genocide seem to be historically good qualifications for sainthood. Here is what he has to say in A Heathen's Day

"There are Nazis who are justly condemned for their part in murdering thousands, but a man who worked with the Nazis, who not only worked with them but signed a treaty of cooperation with them, a man who stood by while the Nazis shipped Jews of his city off to concentration camps to die, is going to be made a Saint.

How can this be, you might ask? The truth is, it’s not as uncommon as you might think. In fact, there is plentiful precedent for it." ...(Cont.)...

Here are views on Pius XII from Deb√≥rah Dwork - a professor of Holocaust history in The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Whom the church chooses as a candidate for sainthood is the church's department. Holocaust history and defense of the Jewish people, however, are our department.

Benedict's decree on behalf of Pius XII may serve the church, but it does not serve history. Indeed, it is a denial of history. And it is an act of aggression against the Jewish people."

When some of the Christian God's earthly representatives stop their serious and public misbehavior and stop  attacking others, I will stop reacting to and reporting on these activities.