Here in summary are some items of interest that have ended up in my email throughout September.
1. It is always good to see that works of note still enjoy a wide readership. Pius XII and the Holocaust: Understanding the Controversy (2002) by Jose Maria Sanchez is one of the best introductions to the whole topic. Matt Mazewski's comments are proof that a sturdy, evidence based work will always contribute to helping us understand the past and look at shaping questions based on fact rather than polemic.
2. World Net Daily - WND - a conservative American news service, ran an article entitled Call Issued to stop Communist Smear Campaign. After I checked the date to be certain this article was written in 2013 and not 1953, since Stalin's picture glowers out from the screen, I read about an appeal from Chuck Morse, author of On the Jewish Question - Karl Marx, anti-Semitism and the war against the West, and host of "Chuck Morse Speaks", made to Yad Vashem to have Pope Pius XII honoured as a "Righteous Gentile". The basis of his appeal lies in his enthusiasm for the new book, Disinformation, by former Romanian communist spy, Ion Mihai Pacepa. The article contributes nothing new to the discussion about Pius nor does it give any evidence of being aware of the comprehensive "de-bunking" of much of Pacepa's allegations that have been posted earlier.
3. William Oddie wrote another column in the Catholic Herald related to Pius XII in mid-September. I have written about Oddie's journalism and use of history a number of times and do not feel the need to write it again. It is time to move beyond the old chestnuts of "calumny" and "canonise him now". Let's deal with accurate history, not with defensive jabs at largely imaginary enemies. The interested reader can look at past posts.
4. Filip Mazurczak interviewed Gary Krupp and posted it on the First Things site. Mr Krupp has not changed his position over the years, which in one respect is commendable, the man is consistent and persistent. However, I think it rather silly to say this: