Much of the discussion about the beatification of Edith Stein, who became Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, mistakenly focuses on her death at Auschwitz ((RELIGION, May 4)). The reason for her beatification has to do mostly with the quality of her life, her deep belief, profound intellect and inspired spirituality. Far from dishonoring her Jewish roots, the Roman Catholic Church now honors her faith and the triumph of her spirit through her tragic death at the hands of the Nazis.
(The Rev.) David Norris
It is immaterial whether you agree with Edith Stein's conversion to Christianity. There is...