Dossier of Pius XII’s beatification in the hands of Benedict XVI

Source: FSSPX News

The cause of beatification of Eugenio Pacelli (1876 - 1958) was opened by Paul VI on October 18, 1967, almost 40 years ago. Since then, his personality has been the subject of much controversy on account of his alleged silence concerning Hitler’s regime.

Pius XII must be considered “as a righteous man” declared Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Secretary of State of the Holy See, on January 24, 2007. For him, “it is clear that the silence of the pope was not silence, but an intelligent and strategic way of ‘speaking’, as demonstrated in the 1942 Christmas radio message which infuriated Hitler.” “The Church is taking into account the thousands Jews and Jewish authorities who, after the war, made a point of thanking Pius XII personally for his intervention and the strategy he set up to rescue the Jews,” he added.

On April 27, 2006, the German Jesuit Fr. Peter Gumpel, the Relator of the cause of the pope who reigned from 1939 to 1958, declared that “the cause of beatification of Pius XII was well under way”.

On June 5, Cardinal Bertone again defended Pope Pius XII on the occasion of the publication of Andrea Tornielli’s book, Pius XII – A Man on the Throne of Peter. The Secretary of State of the Holy See spoke of the “holiness” of Pope Pacelli, and said that he was today the victim of a “black legend”. The cardinal put forward “the silent but efficient work of the Church at the time of a pastor who lived through the turmoil of two World Wars and the tragic establishment of the Iron Curtain.” He rejected the accusation of the “alleged silence” of Pius XII. (Sources: Apic/Imedia/Zenit)

The main points of Cardinal Bertone’s conference can be found in our Documents section.