November 09, 2007

Petition to Beatify Pope Pius XII

Via email from Seminarian Matthew, currently a seminarian at St. John Vianney in St. Paul, MN! The Catholic League has started a online Petition to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for the Beatification of Pope Pius XII

With profound respect and sincere devotion, We, the undersigned, humbly request that the cause for the beatification of Pope Pius XII proceed without delay. Pius XII's virtuous life speaks for itself and is supported by an abundance of incontestable documentary evidence. The truth regarding his service to the Church and the World, as a diplomat and during his pontificate, prior to and through the World War II period, is also historically established. He has been the victim of an unjust smear campaign for fifty years. Now, however, overwhelming evidence has been amassed that proves beyond doubt that he labored without pause for peace, that he sought to assist in every way possible the victims of war, especially Jews, hundreds of thousands of whom were spared through his efforts, and that he constantly warned the world of the horrors of Nazism and Communism. We urge that you honor this holy and brave Pontiff at the soonest possible date.

To sign this petition, click here.


Blogger Tom in Vegas said...

I certainly agree that this man has been unjustly stigmatized by external (and, yes, internal) forces outside the Church. But the Curia or anyone else in power at the Vatican may, out of political reasons, avoid the elevation of Pope Pius XII. It's just too politically costly

Yes, by POLITICAL reasons. It's a shame and a tragedy that the Church would be so heavily swayed by diplomacy.


November 09, 2007 11:02 PM  
Blogger japhy said...

(Isn't Seminarian Matt not allowed to blog or go on internet forums?)

November 10, 2007 12:16 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

He's allowed to go online to email on Fridays which is when he sent the email out.

He requested that anyone with a blog consider blogging it for him, since as you pointed out, japhy, he is prohibited from blogging himself.

November 10, 2007 1:27 PM  
Blogger Laura The Crazy Mama said...

I was very inspired by a book I read about 10 years ago about Pius XII. I was surprised to see an article in Envoy about him that BARELY mentioned (if it did, I didn't catch it) his role in saving hundreds of Jews during WWII (although the article was very nice). There was much more to this man and his life than the papacy, but I think that there was a huge chunk of what makes him saintly!

November 19, 2007 12:02 AM  

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