Questions remain about Pius XII's role in World War II, scholars say

Posted: Friday, May 18, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) -- A panel of Catholic and Jewish scholars say questions remain -- at least 47 of them -- about Pope Pius XII's role in World War II, despite Vatican publication of 11 volumes of wartime documents.

A communique from this month's International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee meeting said the 47 questions show ''the need to continue an examination of this complex and difficult topic.''

They said full access to the Vatican archives would ''help to remove the aura of suspicion.''

The Rev. Gerald P. Fogarty of the University of Virginia and Michael R. Marrus of the University of Toronto reported for the panel of scholars, which the liaison committee assigned to review the previously published documents on Pius.

Pius has been criticized for not speaking out more directly against the Holocaust during the war.

Marrus, dean of graduate studies and holder of a new chair in Holocaust studies, told the meeting the Catholic-Jewish talks need progress on the archives question. ''The ball is in the Vatican's court,'' he said.



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