Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Papers on Persecution of Jews Are Unsealed - Los Angeles Times --
Via the LA Times:

The Vatican opened part of its secret archives to let historians review millions of diplomatic letters, private correspondence and other church documents to gain insight into how the Holy See dealt with the persecution of Jews before World War II.

Researchers said it could take months or years to study about 30,000 bundles of documents from the 1922-39 papacy of Pius XI, a span when the rise of Nazism, fascism and Soviet-bloc communism gripped Europe.

The opening is part of the Vatican's efforts to defend Pius' successor, the wartime Pope Pius XII, against claims that he did not do enough to save Jews during the war.

In analyzing the papacy of Pius XII, I think it is important to say that the Pope doing enough to save Jews and the Pope doing the maximum possible to save Jews are two different thresholds. I sincerely believe that there is a difference between the two.
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