October 29, 2015

ONE OF THE FEW LEADERS WHO ACTUALLY DID ANYTHING:

A Black Legend Refuted : Mark Riebling's "Church of Spies: The Pope's Secret War Against Hitler" is a beautifully written book which not only defends Pius XII but utterly demolishes the Black Legend in intricate and meticulously documented detail (Fr. John Jay Hughes, 10/26/15, cATHOLIC wORLD rEPORT)

At the start of World War II Pius authorized Vatican radio to broadcast reports of Nazi atrocities in Poland. These ceased only at the urgent plea of victims reporting that the broadcasts intensified their sufferings.

In 1942 the Pope's Christmas message spoke of "the hundreds of thousands who, through no fault of their own, and solely because of their nationality and race, have been condemned to death or progressive extinction." Dismissed by his latter day critics as too vague to be understood, the Pope's words were well understood by the Nazis, who called them "one long attack on everything we stand for. Here he is clearly speaking on behalf of the Jews ... and makes himself the mouthpiece of the Jewish war criminal."  The New York Times also understood, commenting: "This Christmas more than ever [Pope Pius XII] is a lonely voice crying out of the silence of a continent."

At the war's end Golda Meier (later Israel's Prime Minister), Albert Einstein, the World Jewish Congress, the American Jewish Committee and many other Jewish voices applauded Pius for doing what he could to rescue Jews: by providing life saving travel documents, religious disguises, and safekeeping in cloistered monasteries and convents, including the Pope's own summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, where Jewish babies were born in the Pope's own bedroom. The Israeli diplomat and scholar Pinchas Lapide commented: "No Pope in history has been thanked more heartily by Jews." At the Pope's death in October 1958 the New York Times took three days to print tributes to Pius from New York City rabbis alone. [...]

Comes now Church of Spies: The Pope's Secret War Against Hitler by Mark Riebling, a blockbuster of a book which not only defends Pius XII (which others have undertaken with varying success) but utterly demolishes the Black Legend by showing in intricate and meticulously documented detail (107 pages of end notes and sources) that from the very start of the war the Pope cooperated secretly with anti-Nazi forces in Hitler's thousand year Reich who sought, first, to remove the F├╝hrer from power; and when that failed, to kill him.  

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