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Would canonization end disputes over record of Pope Pius XII?

June 16, 2014

John Allen of the Boston Globe observes that arguments over the legacy of Pope Pius XII have troubled relations between Catholics and Jews for years, and makes the case for “a highly counter-intuitive conclusion: the best thing for Catholic/Jews ties might be to canonize Pius XII tomorrow and get it over with.”

In the same Globe column, Allen speaks with Immacolata Chaoqui, the flamboyant publicist whose appointment to a papal commission on Vatican finances touched off a lively debate in Italy about her ties to embattled Vatican figures and Roman journalists.


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  • Posted by: gary.brisebois1104 - Jun. 18, 2014 1:33 PM ET USA

    Personally, it is his poor record dealing with the much saintlier Henri de Lubac which gives me pause regarding the canonization of Pius XII.

  • Posted by: Defender - Jun. 17, 2014 11:31 AM ET USA

    Pius XII more than deserves to become a saint. The fact that a play seemingly changed some people's attitudes is amazing. People like Golda Meir and other Jewish personages all praised him for saving so many after he passed away and even the Rabbi of Rome converted to Catholicism, but this all proves nothing, I guess.