The Vatican has (finally, to some) recognized that <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/stories/2002/12/20/pius_xii021220">Pope Pius XII may not have done</a> everything he could to stop the Holocaust, according to an article in Civilta Cattolica, a prestigious Roman Catholic magazine. "The role of Pius XII(Pontiff between 1939 and 1958) in relations to the Holocaust has long been <a href="http://www.cnn.com/WORLD/9803/16/vatican.holocaust/index.html">severely criticised by Jewish historians</a>, who accuse the Pope of turning his back to the Nazi atrocities. By contrast, the <a href="http://www.catholicleague.org/pius/framemain.htm">most fervent Catholic wings</a> have always flatly defended Pius, saying his <a href="http://www.ewtn.com/library/PAPALDOC/P12CH42.HTM">1942 Christmas message</a> should be regarded a strong denunciation of the Holocaust, but that the message failed to satisfy both the Allies and the Nazis. While Pope John Paul II has already issued a blanket apology for two millennia's worth of sins against the Jews and the Jewish faith done in the name of the Roman Catholic Church, is it time for a more sober reassessment of the most recent skeletons in the cupboard? Or will the Catholic Church continue to close their eyes and wish the history will go away?