Saturday, January 31, 2009

Call to interupt beatification process of Pope Pius XII

Präsident der Deutsch-Israelischen Gesellschaft Gerster (CDU) kritisiert Vatikan / Nach Williamson-Affäre jetzt Seligsprechung Pius' XII. aussetzen

The President of the German-Israeli Society and longtime head of the Christian Democratic Union associated Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Israel Johannes Gerster has voiced criticism of the Vatican: he had "as a Catholic, my problems with the rehabilitation of the Holocaust denier Bishop Williamson. From Rome, "more sensitivity" must be expected. Gerster cautioned the Vatican, to change the beatification process of Pope Pius XII. He considers this "even more important." Pius was elected Pope in 1939, the year of World War II began in 1939 and is still onsidered by critics the silent one in the Vatican who did nothing against the Holocaustng. Gerster said, especially in light of the Williamson affair, it was important that the beatification of the pope should be halted "until after the opening of the Vatican documents and a thorough public discussion about them". He was himself convinced that the Church from such a "full transparency should expect no disadvantages".

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