Monday, May 01, 2006

Sainthood for the collaborator!?

In case you're freaking out, I am not one of those believes that Pope Pius XII turned a blind eye to the plight of the Jews. From all the evidence I've seen, his activities were quite the contrary.

As ANSA reports, his cause could be moving forward by the summer when theologians report back.

From CNS:

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- With the 50th anniversary of the death of Pope Pius XII coming up in two years, supporters of his sainthood cause are growing a little impatient.

They're also growing older. The generation of church people who lived and worked with Pope Pius is quietly passing from the scene.

"Pius XII must be declared a saint! Admiration isn't enough -- people need to get moving!" [Fiorenzo Cardinal Angelini] said to applause from the packed auditorium.

"Too much time has already passed," [Cardinal Angelini] said.

As much as I sympathize with them being impatient, I would hope that the cause of Pius XII is not based solely on his partisans and collaborators. After all, a saint ought to speak to the ages, not just his close associates... As for the lengthy wait, at least they all can take solace in the fact that Pius XII isn't getting any older...

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