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Skip to comments.More Evidence Pius XII Was Not Hitler's Pope - German Files Point to a Russian Plot
Posted on 04/03/2007 2:32:00 AM PDT by NYer
ROME, APRIL 2, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Adolf Hitler's No. 1 enemy was the Vatican's secretary of state, Eugenio Pacelli, future Pope Pius XII, according to documents recently found in Europe.
In an article published last Thursday by La Repubblica, reporter Marco Ansaldo announced that he has a dossier on Pius XII that complements documentation found in the Vatican Archives.
According to the newly discovered documents, Pius XII was considered an enemy of the Third Reich. Memos and letters unearthed at a depot used by the Stasi, the East German secret police, show that Nazi spies within the Vatican were concerned at the Pope's efforts to help displaced Poles and Jews.
One document from the head of Berlin's police force tells Joachim von Ribbentrop, the Third Reich's foreign minister, that the Catholic Church was providing assistance to Jews "both in terms of people and financially."
In a commentary on the new documents, Sister Margherita Marchione, author and expert on Pius XII, explains the campaign against the Pope was the work of the Soviets.
"Russia's plans were to control Europe after the war. The only outspoken obstacle to Russia's plan in Europe was the Catholic Church," Sister Marchione wrote.
"The first attacks claiming that the Church had endorsed silently the atrocities of the Nazis came from Communist Russia," she explained. "Soon to control Poland, and other vast areas in Eastern Europe, Russia saw the need to break the loyalty to the Pope of Catholic majorities in those countries.
"The plan was a simple one: convince everyone that the Pope supported the hated Nazis during the war and, therefore, neither he nor the Church could be trusted after the war. The destruction of the Church would leave the field wide open for Russian influence and control."
The evidence continues to mount.
Roosha plotting Marxists—Surprise!!
Wow --- these will probably rival the infamously fraudulent Isidorian Decretals and the Donation of Constantine in credibility.
And those quotes from Sister Marchione --- like she's going to be some kind of objective credible source.
Pope Pius XII brought Hitler to power with the Concordat that he negotiated for the RCC and all your attempts to try to rewrite history are useless exercises in futility.
BTW Just what did he do to stop the massacre of 800,000 Serbs during the War by that Catholic Ustasha and their Vatican facilitators?
And those Rat Lines of Nazi war criminals after the war ran right through Pius XII's Vatican. He certainly wasn't an enemy of these Third Reich criminals, was he??? Get Real.
You're the one rewriting history.
Pope Pius XII enjoyed an excellent reputation for helping the Jews both during and after the war. It wasn't until the communist-inspired play, "The Deputy," was released in the early '60s that the smear campaign against him began.
"Being a lover of freedom, when the revolution came in Germany, I looked to the universities to defend it, knowing that they had always boasted of their devotion to the cause of truth; but, no, the universities immediately were silenced. Then I looked to the great editors of the newspapers whose flaming editorials in days gone by had proclaimed their love of freedom; but they, like the universities, were silenced in a few short weeks...
Only the Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler's campaign for suppressing truth. I never had any special interest in the Church before, but now I feel a great affection and admiration because the Church alone has had the courage and persistence to stand for intellectual truth and moral freedom. I am forced thus to confess that what I once despised I now praise unreservedly.
Time Magazine, 12/23/40
The charity and work of Pope Pius XII during World War II so impressed the Chief Rabbi of Rome, Israel Zolli, that in 1944 he was open to the grace of God which led him into the Catholic faith. As his baptismal name, he took the same one Pius had, Eugenio, as his own. Later Israel Eugenio Zolli wrote a book entitled, Why I Became a Catholic.
"The voice of Pius XII is a lonely voice in the silence and darkness enveloping Europe this Christmas... he is about the only ruler left on the Continent of Europe who dares to raise his voice at all... the Pope put himself squarely against Hitlerism... he left no doubt that the Nazi aims are also irreconcilable with his own conception of a Christian peace."
The New York Times editorial
12/25/41 (Late Day edition, p. 24)
"This Christmas more than ever he is a lonely voice crying out of the silence of a continent... Pope Pius expresses as passionately as any leader on our side the war aims of the struggle for freedom when he says that those who aim at building a new world must fight for free choice of government and religious order. They must refuse that the state should make of individuals a herd of whom the state disposes as if they were lifeless things."
The New York Times editorial
12/25/42 (Late Day edition, p. 16)
You've bought into the slanders created out of whole cloth by the Soviets and by Hochhuth, son of an SS officer and a dedicated communist himself. This reminds me of the Sacco and Vanzetti supporters who continued to "believe" against all evidence, or those who just couldn't believe that Casement's "Black Diaries" were real and therefore took refuge in the claim that they were forgeries. More "true believers" from the anarchist and anti-capitalist crowds.
The truth is finally coming to light, despite the best efforts of the Marxists to slander the Catholic church.
Before jumping into condemnation of the failings of the Catholic Church, I would like to first hear about what other Christian Churches did about Hitler, his persecution of the Jews, and Mein Kampf. I’m particularly interested in the actions taken by your church and its leaders, Uncle Chip.
So all of those who fought against the Third Reich that had been brought to power with the assistance of Pope Pius XII were all Marxists???
Contemporary accounts make it clear that Pope Pius and the Church fought harder against Naziism than any other organization in Europe. Perhaps they could have prevailed if more other churches had helped them, instead of hanging pictures of Schickelgruber in the place of honor in their sanctuaries.
No other church signed that Concordat that brought Hitler to power —— just the Vatican.
No dear -— I stand with the truth and those who are willing to admit it -— painful as it may be. Are you saying that anyone who tells the truth about the Vatican is a Marxist??? Even Catholic historians admit that Pope John XXIII had Marxist leanings. You can’t hide behind that cloak forever.
The facts are against your position, and more facts are coming out daily at this point. It's like the Venona papers turning a lot of parlor pinks' ideas on their heads. As East German Stasi materials continue to be examined, more of the covert operations against the Church can be expected to come out. It will make the manufactured fiction that Pope Pius collaborated with the Nazis harder and harder to believe, but I'm sure you'll stick to your guns to the bitter end.
Did he stop beating his wife?
Rather than address the testimony of the pope's contemporaries, like that of the NY Times, Einstein and the chief rabbi of Rome, you've decided to drop a non-sequitur. Nevertheless, I'll address it.
The Index wasn't meant to be an infallible list of every book containing anti-Christian ideologies. It's a fairly short list, and it wasn't even kept by the pope. The job of maintaining the list was the job of the office of the Inquisition, as far as I know. Regardless, the Index was pretty much defunct by WWII, as the last non-fiction entry is Satre in 1948, at least according to this site.
Marx isn't listed in the Index either, but that doesn't mean communism was approved by the Church. Marxism (and all forms of Socialism - like Nazism) was denounced many times in papal encyclicals, such as the Syllabus of Errors, On Atheistic Communism, and On the Doctrines of the Modernists.
Wrong. Hitler was already in power.
The Concordat was the Holy See's attempt to get some sort of guarantee for the rights of Catholics in return for peacefully dismantling the Catholic political party, as required by the Nazis (peacefully, or otherwise).
Does your "Christianity" support slandering an innocent man? Because that's exactly what you're doing ...
Hitler became chancellor January 31, 1933.
The concordat was signed July 20, 1933.
Try to tell the truth, even if you can't get mileage against Rome from it.
No, they didn't sign the Catholic condordat which protected the right of Catholics to practice their faith in Germany. The Protestants signed their own agreements.
Now, instead of dodging, please tell us what your church did to save the Jews?
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