The D&C reports that Deacon Anthony Sciolino, board member of St. Bernard’s Institute, is promoting his self-published book
Francis has been accused of ignoring the murders and kidnappings of thousands during the so-called “Dirty War” in Argentina in the late 1970s and early 1980s… For Sciolino, the current controversy — and questions of whether Francis was silent during the Dirty War — are remarkably similar to those explored in his book. “The legitimate question is to what extent, if you’re in a high religious position, do you have an obligation to speak out against injustice,” he said.
Of course, there is little in history to compare to the injustice and savagery of the Holocaust. A Catholic himself, Sciolino writes in his book:
“Jews ponder the Holocaust and rightly ask: Where was God? Christians must do the same, but also ask: Where were we Christians? And where was the Church?”
The thing is this – there is really no controversy around either of these situations. It is merely a case of people inventing history to smear the Church. I’ll simply quote the first comment on the D&C article:
Some facts, which Mr. Sciolino’s book, a work of biased pseudo-history (given his recent lecture), chooses to ignore:
In 1967 , ISRAELI diplomat Pinchas Lapide estimated that Pope Pius XII was instrumental in saving at least 700,000, but probably as many as 860,000 Jews from certain death at Nazi hands.
3,000,000 Polish Catholics were murdered by Nazis, including 20% of Poland’s clergy.
Rabbi David G. Dalin wrote recently in an article that the Communist lie (i.e. that Pope Pius did not do enough) has been appropriated by “lapsed or angry” Catholic writers (read Mr. Sciolino, a self denominated “progressive” catholic) as “simply the biggest club available for liberal Catholics to use against traditionalists”.
The Head Rabbi of Rome during the war, Mr. Zolli, actually converted to Catholicism in 1945, and took Eugenio as his Christian name, to honor the Pope (Eugenio Giovanni).
For the next 20 years after the war, you would not hear anyone criticizing the Pope’s role during the War… why? Because there were still plenty of people around that were saved and survived because of his intervention.
The new pieces of information (not included in the book) that recently came to light, reinforce the above stated arguments. This is settled, but pointing out instances in which the Church (fictitiously) was wrong is the favorite pass time of those that disagree with its teachings. Progressives, put it to rest, you are done, you are old, and the JPII generation is here to replace you : )
ref. Crocker H.W. Trumph. Three Rivers Press. 2001
Eugenio Zolli. Before the Dawn. Ignatius Press.
Also, for 1930’s admonishment of the Nazis by the Catholic Church, see the encyclical Mit Brenneder Sorge.
For even more information on Pope Pius XII see here – http://popepiusxiiandthejews.blogspot.com/
Not only has Deacon Sciolino self-published his book and been highlighted in the D&C, but he’s also polluting young minds by giving lectures at places like St. John Fisher College.
Apparently Deacon Sciolino has been at this for years now. A quick google search turned up the grandaddy of orthodox Rochester blogs – Rochester Catholic: Fair and Balanced?
Some biographical information on Deacon Sciolino from the dor’s site:
Anthony Sciolino is a retired Monroe County Family Court judge. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a law degree from Cornell Law School. He was ordained a permanent deacon of the Roman Catholic Church, Diocese of Rochester, in 1998, the same year he earned a Master of Arts in Theology degree from St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry. Deacon Sciolino ministers at the Church of the Transfiguration, Pittsford and, among other ministries, is dedicated to promoting Catholic-Jewish relations within the Diocese and beyond. He also serves as a NYS Advocate, Friends of Family Court, and is a member of the Monroe County Bar Association.
How long, Lord, will the progressives be allowed to continue running this diocese into the ground? How long?