The Holocaust And The Vatican

American VoicesWorld ISSUE 33•11 Mar 25, 1998

Last week, the Vatican issued a document apologizing for its silence during the Holocaust. Jewish leaders called the document–which spread the blame for the genocide and praised wartime Pope Pius XII as a diplomat—"too little, too late." What do you think?

  • “Oh, like none of us ever collaborated with the Nazis in a systematic campaign to end the Jewish Problem. We're all just sooo perfect, aren't we?”

    John Frank –
    Chemical Engineer

  • “This is the worst thing to happen in Catholic-Jewish relations since Billy Joel said, 'You Catholic girls start much too late.' Billy Joel is Jewish, isn't he?”

    Michael Richelieu –
    Carpenter

  • “So the Catholics say they're sorry, but they stand by the Pope? That's the same thing Father Miller said after he cornholed me.”

    Oscar Dwyer –
    Landscaper

  • “I'll tell you one thing, no matter what happens, both sides of this debate are going to be riddled with guilt.”

    Cory Patterson –
    Systems Analyst

  • “I'm still waiting for an apology from the producers of Hogan's Heroes. They barely even acknowledged the Holocaust on that show.”

    Lisa Silverman –
    Occupational Therapist

  • “I'm sure Pope Pius was just following God's orders.”

    Libby Kasich –
    Dental Hygienist

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