It is obvious, from these words of his, that as far as Francis is concerned, Pius XII will not emerge seriously tainted when the archival evidence is made available. Which, again, increases our suspicions that, after many decades of tampering with the evidence, the Papacy now feels it can open the Secret Archives to research.
It is easy now, eight decades after World War Two started, for a pope of Rome to speak of that time as “one of the saddest and darkest moments of the twentieth century”. But that is not how the Vatican viewed it at the time! Not when the Roman Catholic hierarchy was supporting Hitler and Nazism, and Mussolini and Fascism. Not when there were Roman Catholic priests who were leaders of the Gestapo, and of the Croatian Ustashi. Not when Hitler’s madness was spoken of as a divine blessing by leading prelates of the Roman Catholic institution.
Note these words of Francis when making this announcement, spoken to the superiors, employees and collaborators of the Vatican Secret Archives: “At the behest of Pope Benedict XVI, since 2006 you Superiors and Officials of the Vatican Secret Archive, as well as of the Historical Archives of the Holy See and of the Vatican City State, have been working on a common project for the cataloguing and preparation of the substantial documentation produced during the pontificate of Pius XII, part of which was already rendered consultable by my venerable Predecessors Saint Paul VI and Saint John Paul II. I therefore thank you, and through you also the other Vatican archivists, for the patient and scrupulous work you have done over the past twelve years, and which you are still partly carrying out, to complete this aforementioned preparation.”
Would these twelve years of preparation of all the documentation, by an entire team of archivists, have consisted of nothing more than cataloguing it all? Even accepting that the documentation is vast and that this work would certainly take years, let us not be so naive as to believe that cataloguing and sorting was all there was to it! We only have Francis’ own assurance that all the archived material will become available to researchers. We are being asked to trust a pope of Rome, and all his henchmen, to provide all the documentation. This would be foolish at any time whatsoever. Never trust a Jesuit to tell the truth. Never believe that the Roman Papacy would do damage to itself. The “opening” of the Archives on Pius XII will not be the opening of all the documentation, no matter what Francis asserts; and much of the documentation that is released for research will be “doctored”. Of this there can be no doubt.
Francis went on, stating his certainty “that serious and objective historical research will be able to evaluate, in the proper light and with appropriate criticism, the praiseworthy moments of the Pontiff and, without any doubt, also moments of serious difficulties, of tormented decisions, of human and Christian prudence, which to some might have seemed to be reticence, and which instead were attempts, humanly also very hard-fought, to keep the flame of humanitarian initiatives lit during periods of more intense darkness and cruelty, of hidden but active diplomacy, of hope in possible good openings of hearts.”
Yes, no doubt about it: as far as Francis is concerned, Pius will remain pious. Perhaps with a “flaw” or two brought to light – just to keep everything “objective” – but overall, it has already been decreed that Pius will emerge smelling like a rose.
Francis concluded: “The Church is not afraid of history; rather, she loves it, and would like to love it more and better, as God does! So, with the same trust of my predecessors, I open and entrust to researchers this documentary heritage.”
Well, some of it, at any rate. The parts which can be released, and the parts which have been “prepared” for release. Francis would never have said that Rome is not afraid of history if he thought that any further harm could be done to the Roman Catholic institution by releasing these documents. Not today. Not when the Vatican is reeling from the global priestly sex scandal, not to mention other scandals as well. The last thing Francis needs is for Pius XII to emerge from the Archives as a monster. No, we can be 100% certain that everything has been well “prepared” for the grand opening of the Secret Archives in March 2020.
Francis was by no means the only one confidently stating that Pius would be exonerated once the archival materials become available. Romish bishop Sergio Pagano, for example, the head of the Vatican Secret Archives, said that historians will discover a “superhuman work of Christian humanism” when the archives on Pius are opened. “In other words, Pagano believes the archives will show that the Vatican and Pope Pius XII, far from assisting the German National Socialist regime of Adolf Hitler, took a firm stand against it, and saved many lives, especially in the Jewish community”.
The Whitewashing Has Already Begun
The “pre-launch” whitewashing has already begun, a year before the official opening:
On 20 February 2019, a special delegation organised by Pave the Way Foundation (PTWF) greeted Francis in the Vatican. This is an organisation which seeks to remove obstacles between religions, and which has worked since 2006 to restore the “good name” of Pius XII. With the delegation was New York State assemblyman Anthony D’urso, whose family is credited with saving a Jewish family in Formia, Italy during World War Two. D’urso presented the pope with his family diary, citing the actions of the Vatican to rescue Jewish families in Formia.
PTWF director Bennett Solberg presented the pope with original documents revealing how Pius XII acted to end the arrest of the Jewish community in Rome on 16 October 1943. Solberg gave Francis a copy of a hand-written diary entry in 1943, wherein Augustinian nuns wrote, “today we were asked by the Holy Father to protect the Roman Jews”, and named the ones they sheltered. Pius lifted the ban of cloister to enable monasteries to shelter women, and convents to shelter men. He also asked Italian Roman Catholics, and various religious structures throughout Italy, to shelter Jews.
It is not denied that Pius XII protected Jews in Rome and elsewhere. Many Jews were sheltered in monasteries and convents, and by Italian Roman Catholic families. This is not new information. But the reason for doing this was not compassion on the part of Pius XII! It will be explained later in this article.