Friday, October 10, 2008
A day after the chief rabbi of Haifa-- a special guest at the Synod of Bishops-- urged Church leaders not to beatify Pope Pius XII, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican’s secretary of state, defended the wartime pontiff’s reputation in an article in L’Osservatore Romano. ‘It is profoundly unjust to extend a veil of prejudice on the work of Pius XII during the war,’ wrote Cardinal Bertone. ‘If he had made a public intervention, he would have endangered the lives of thousands of Jews, who, upon his directive, were hidden in 155 convents and monasteries in Rome alone.’
This dude has to be the only Righteous among the Nations who's also accused of anti-Semitism.