Jewish-Vatican Relations: The Possible Beatification of Pius XII and Other Unresolved Issues

An Interview with Aharon Lopez by Manfred GerstenfeldOne main element of the radical change in attitude of the Catholic Church toward the Jews in recent decades has been theological. Another major reason was the shock of Catholic leaders after the Holocaust when they realized what anti-Semitism had led to. The change in attitude, however, has only become effective in some parts of the Church and not in many others, including some of the highest levels. The litmus test as to whether there will be on-going progress in the Church’s reconciliation with the Jewish people is the possible beatification and canonization of Pope Pius the 12th. The Jews, and in particular Holocaust survivors, are entitled to have all their questions on this pope’s and the Church’s behavior during the Holocaust answered. Jewish-Vatican Relations: The Possible Beatification of Pius XII and Other Unresolved Issues

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