In what follows, I mean no disrespect to any of those murdered in the Nazi attempt to exterminate European Jewry. It represents one of the darkest stains on the history of our race since our First Parents were expelled from Eden. May they all, if it be God's will, come to rejoice in beholding His Face.
It is not always remembered that a number of those murdered were our fellow-Christians, 'baptised Jews' such as Edith Stein. Through the waters of Baptism they had become members of Christ's Body. Yet the shedding of their blood sealed their unity with their ancestral people.
When Stein, Sister Benedicta of the Cross, was canonised, people wondered whether she would be categorised as a 'Martyr'. She was; and it was in red vestments that S John Paul II celebrated the Mass.
She was killed, not explicitly for Christ, but out of hatred for the Jewish people.
And she is one of our martyrs.
I believe that there is some quiet and reverend and loving theologising to be done here which, to my knowledge, has not yet been done.