SaintCast 21 St. Teresa Benedicta

This week we profile a 20th century Carmelite Saint, and Jewish convert, who died in the Nazi concentration camps, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, or St. Edith Stein. We spent last weekend dropping our oldest child off at college, and we relate our first experiences with our daughter at the University of Notre Dame du Lac. St. Jeopardy returns with the answer to the Saint involved in the Galileo affair, and a new question. Who is the patron saint of businessmen? Terry Jones, of the Patron Saints website, answers this and more on this week’s SaintCast.

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4 responses to “SaintCast 21 St. Teresa Benedicta”

  1. In SaintCast Episode 21 a paper by a George Johnston is mentioned in regard to the Galileo affair. Where an I find this work? I don’t find in show notes.

  2. Hello,
    I am long time listener of SQPN shows, and from the beginning I enjoy listening to SQPN Radio, that’s why I’m writing to you. Today I was listening to the show Saint Cast ep. 21 on SQPN Radio about Edith Stein. I really enjoyed the episode until the host used phrase “Polish concentration camp” in regrads to Aushwitz. Let me express great concern about that false phrase against wich there is current campaign by Jewish and Polish organization, just to mention American Jewish Committee and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.

    As AJC once wrote “Auschwitz-Birkenau and the other death camps, including Belzec, Chelmno, Majdanek, Sobibor and Treblinka, were conceived, built and operated by Nazi Germany and its allies. The camps were located in German-occupied Poland, the European country with by far the largest Jewish population, but they were most emphatically not “Polish camps”. This is not a mere semantic matter. Historical integrity and accuracy hang in the balance” source:

    Also important note: “For years, journalists have occasionally used terms like “Polish concentration camps” or “Polish death camps” in publications devoted to World War II and the Holocaust. Regardless of their intentions (e.g. geographic reference to a camp in occupied Poland), the use of such terms could be interpreted by some readers as indicating that the German Nazi camps had been built by Poles and thus were run as “Polish” camps. For this reason, Poland, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and all its missions around the world will consistently campaign against the use of terms that falsify history and shift the responsibility for the Holocaust from the criminal Nazi German regime onto Poland – which was occupied by that regime.”

    and just to end interesting piece: Why the words ‘Polish death camps’ cut so deep

    I ask you to pay attentiopn to this sensitive issue.

    with prayers

  3. Dorota,

    I certainly regret and apologize for the use of the term “Polish concentration camp,” rather than the term “concentration camp operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland,” or words to that effect.

    Similar to President Obama’s 2012 speech, I would hope that any listener to this podcast would understand my meaning. If one listened to the entire podcast, which spoke about the Polish Catholic persecution in great detail, and St. Edith Stein’s participation in it, I don’t know how one could construe that in any way I was implicating Poland or Polish citizens in these atrocities.

    I meant no ill will, nor did I attempt to “falsify history and shift responsibility for the Holocaust,” and I believe most people would understand that listening to the podcast. Nevertheless I understand the sensitivity of the Polish citizens and Catholics in particular to these terms.

    In the same manner as one might call Guantanamo Bay a “Cuban detention camp,” (rather than an American-run detention camp on Cuban soil), I simply meant that the concentration camp was in Poland. I am sure President Obama meant the same. I am sorry to have said that and meant no offense.

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