Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Historian confident in eventual beatification for Pope Pius XII

Catholic World News - June 30, 2014

Father Peter Gumpel, a Jesuit historian who has been active for years in the cause for beatification of Pope Pius XII, has told the Zenit news agency that he is confident the World War II-era Pontiff will be beatified eventually.

Father Gumpel said that he was puzzled, however, by a statement from Pope Francis, who had told an interviewer that the beatification could not proceed without the certification of a miracle attributed to the intercession of Pius XII. The Jesuit researcher pointed out that Pope Francis has used the option of "equivalent canonization" to allow for the canonizations of Sts. Peter Faber and John XXIII without approved miracles.

In his interview with Zenit, Father Gumpel said that he was persuaded of the accuracy of reports that Adolph Hitler had ordered the kidnapping of Pope Pius XII. He rejected accusations that Pius XII had failed to denounce the Holocaust, recalling that after the Dutch bishops issued a statement against Nazi racial policies, there was a brutal intensification of the drive against Jews in that country. "Pius XII was aware of this and, therefore, decided to act prudently," he said.

(Father Gumpel committed one clear error of fact in the Zenit interview, referring to a book that defends Pope Pius XII, The Pius Wars, "edited by Joseph Bottum, a liberal person, who is not suspected of philo-Catholic sympathies." In fact Joseph Bottum is a Catholic of fairly conservative views.)

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our September expenses ($33,004 to go):
$35,000.00 $1,996.25
94% 6%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Challenging Times? 0 hours ago
Reality 101: The fat between our ears 2 hours ago
Liberal visions of Catholicism: Kickstarter and the world's largest NGO September 1
The Blessed Book of Beasts August 30
Weekend reading August 29

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
‘A real via crucis’: Pope Francis, patriarch plead on behalf of Iraq’s Christians CWN - August 8
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians in flight as Islamic State advances CWN - August 8