A Cross Too Heavy: Pope Pius XII and the Jews of Europe, 1st by Paul O’Shea (auth.)

By Paul O’Shea (auth.)

The papacy of Pius XII (1939-1958) has been a resource of near-constant feedback and debate given that his loss of life, rather due to his alleged silence throughout the Holocaust. Paul O'Shea examines his little-studied pre-papal existence to illustrate that Pius used to be neither an anti-Semitic villain nor a 'lamb with out stain.'

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18 The argument remained unchanged until Vatican II promulgated Dei Verbum (the word of God), which encouraged Catholics to turn to the scriptures as the living and organic Word of God, valid and authentic in both testaments for Jews and Christians. In September 1943, the Jews of Rome were about to be subjected to the full force of Nazi persecution. It is further evidence of the otherworldly view of the pope that he wrote an encyclical reinforcing traditional supersessionism at a moment when the most vulnerable people in Europe needed to hear from the bishop of Rome words of uncompromising moral leadership as demanded by the very scriptures of which he wrote.

It was commonly believed that Jesus would return soon to bring to completion the work of human salvation. 1–8; 2 Thess 2). The letters to the Thessalonians were written by Paul circa 50–51 CE and are the earliest extant Christian texts. The Parousia forms a major theme in both letters. 7 Several years later, around 57–58 CE, Paul wrote the letter to the Romans, his most mature theological work. Paul’s thinking on Israel demonstrated a serious attempt on the part of the Christian apostle, who still identified himself as a Jew, to reconcile the dilemma that confronted him.

Paul’s mission to the Gentiles was confirmed and the growth of the Church in the West assured. 30 A Cross Too Heavy There is a sense of urgency in Paul’s writings. It was commonly believed that Jesus would return soon to bring to completion the work of human salvation. 1–8; 2 Thess 2). The letters to the Thessalonians were written by Paul circa 50–51 CE and are the earliest extant Christian texts. The Parousia forms a major theme in both letters. 7 Several years later, around 57–58 CE, Paul wrote the letter to the Romans, his most mature theological work.

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