The Vatican Archives on Pius XII to be Opened

At the time it was well known to large numbers that Pius XII had been the one to intervene to get his man, von Papen, acquitted.   Strings were pulled.  Favours were called in.  Doubtless bribes, or threats, were used.  But one way or the other, justice was not done.  And many knew it:

“A great voice, it is said, rose in his [von Papen’s] favour, a voice which we, in the concentration camps, vainly hoped to hear declare its reprobation, denounce our misery and castigate our executioners.  But von Papen was far more entitled than we to this intervention.”  Whose was this “great voice” which would not intervene on behalf of those in Nazi concentration camps, but intervened on behalf of Nazi war criminals on trial?  The identity of the “great voice” was not in doubt.  As l’Ordre de Paris of 4 October 1946 declared: “It is both painful and shameful to have to say it, but von Papen’s acquittal is Pius XII’s condemnation.”[47]

Yes!  During the war, Pius remained silent, mute, over the atrocities he well knew were being committed by the Nazis against millions of Jews and others.  Yet after the war, he was not so silent!  Now it was that he spoke up – but for the Jewish victims?  No, not he.  He spoke up for the Nazi war criminals, pleading for them to be let off the hook, saying, “Let us forget the past!”  And the Roman Catholic press took up the theme and repeated it.

“Pope Pius XII was to say that he knew nothing of the German atrocities; as he doubtless knew nothing of those of Croatia and Slovakia; as – in 1933 – when, as Mgr. Pacelli, he knew nothing of the pogroms, the ever-increasing assassinations in Germany, or the 40,000 persons already detained in forty-five camps by the Führer, who had promised him that he would ‘muzzle the anti-clericals’.  But during the trials at Nuremberg, when these atrocities had been laid bare before the eyes of the whole world, by millions of testimonies, irrefutable documents, and films haunting in their horror, what did he do but fly to the aid of the guilty?  He saved Franz von Papen, ‘the man who knew too much’, and with him some of the worst criminals…. Likewise, he sheltered the fleeing murderers in his convents, and later sent them with false passports to safe asylums.  Thus, thanks to him, the leader of the bloodthirsty Ustashis, Ante Pavelitch, ‘the man with twenty kilograms of human eyes’, the monster whom Pope Pius XII covered with good wishes and blessings during four years of massacre, was able to go to Argentina and peacefully enjoy the wealth that had been plundered from his victims!”[48]

John Cornwell wrote: “If Pacelli is to take credit for the use of Vatican extraterritorial religious buildings as safe houses for Jews during Germany’s occupation of Rome, then he should equally take blame for the use of the same buildings as safe houses for Nazi and Ustashe criminals.”[49]  An excellent point!  The very same pope, who hid some Jews in Rome, also hid Nazi and Ustashi murderers!  What does this tell us?  That he acted at all times in the best interests of himself and his beloved “Church”!  The protection of some Jews in Rome was just a cover – in case everything went badly for Hitler in the end.  Then Pius could emerge as a hero for protecting Jews.

And when the bodies of Nazis who were executed at Nuremberg were incinerated instead of being buried, Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s official newspaper and mouthpiece of the pope, protested with the following words: “This act is not only to be criticized in relation to the five Catholics whose will and faith were violated, but with regard to all those who did not explicitly declare their wish to disregard the Catholic rite of burial.”

Picture it!  Nazi war criminals, men who were involved in the massacre and incineration of Jews and others, were now in death supposed to be accorded proper Roman Catholic funeral rites!  Pius kept silent when millions of Jews and others were incinerated in the Nazi death camps.  But he protested when five Roman Catholic Nazis were cremated after being executed for their crimes.  This was the “morality” of Pius XII.  This was what infuriated, horrified and moved him to speak up.  This is the theology of Roman Catholicism.

Edmond Paris commented on this sarcastically but correctly as follows:  “The Holy Father’s indignation in this matter is most edifying.  But let us admit that we are surprised by it.  If our memory serves us well, the Roman Catholic Church has not always shown this aversion to burning, to judge from the stakes which for centuries she set up for heretics and similar, in Spain and elsewhere.  It is true that these she burned alive.  Theologically, there must be a distinction…. But, to keep to more recent references, the Nazis, in their day, did a lot of incinerating…”[50]

Laura Diaz, Italian member of parliament, was absolutely correct in saying, on 15 April 1948, “The Pope’s hands are dripping with blood!”  And Emilio Bonetti, during the Italian electoral campaign of April 1948, was absolutely correct in saying, “The Pope is a war criminal!”[51]

Only very doctored and whitewashed archival documents could ever hope to – even partially – depict this evil man, Eugenio Pacelli, Pius XII, as anything other than the monster he was.  But the true evidence is still available.  And it must never, ever be allowed to disappear.

April 2019

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RECOMMENDED BOOKS:

The Vatican against Europe, by Edmond Paris.  Translated from the French by A. Robson.  The Wickliffe Press, London.  First published France 1959, Second English Edition 1964, Reprinted 1988.

Hitler’s Pope: the Secret History of Pius XII, by John Cornwell.  Viking, London. 1999.

Convert… or Die! by Edmond Paris.  Translated from the French by Lois Perkins.  Undated.  Chick Publications, Chino, California.

The Vatican in World Politics, by Avro Manhattan.  Horizon Press, Inc., New York.  American edition 1949.

The Vatican’s Holocaust: the Sensational Account of the Most Horrifying Religious Massacre of the 20th Century, by Avro Manhattan.  Ozark Books, Springfield, Missouri.  First Edition 1986.  Second Printing 1988.

Fatal Silence: the Pope, the Resistance and the German Occupation of Rome, by Robert Katz.  Weidenfeld and Nicolson, The Orion Publishing Group Ltd., London. 2003.

Ratlines: How the Vatican’s Nazi Networks Betrayed Western Intelligence to the Soviets, by Mark Aarons and John Loftus.  William Heinemann Ltd., London.  First published 1991.

Ustasha Under the Southern Cross, by M. Jurjevic. Published by M. Jurjevic.  Undated.

ENDNOTES:

[1]. Zenit.org, March 5, 2019.  Article: “Announcement: Pope Francis to Open Archives on Pope Pius XII on March 2, 2020.”

[2]. Satan’s Seat, by Shaun Willcock, pg. 45.  Bible Based Ministries, first published 1988, fifth edition 2013.  To order this book, go to: www.biblebasedministries.co.uk.

[3]. See Letters from the Journal of Robert Moynihan (editor of Inside the Vatican magazine), March 5, 2019.  Urbi et Orbi Communications, New Hope, Kentucky.  MoynihanReport@gmail.com.

[4]. Zenit.org, March 5, 2019.

[5]. Zenit.org, March 8, 2019.  Article: “Prefect of the Vatican Secret Archives, Bishop Pagano, Reflects on Opening of Archives of Pope Pius XII.”

[6]. Letters from the Journal of Robert Moynihan (editor of Inside the Vatican magazine), March 5, 2019.

[7]. Letters from the Journal of Robert Moynihan (editor of Inside the Vatican magazine), March 5, 2019.

[8]. Zenit.org, February 21, 2019.  Article: “Historic Vatican Actions to Save the Roman Jewish Community Revealed Through Documents to Pope Francis.”

[9]. Zenit.org, February 21, 2019.

[10]Zenit.org, February 21, 2019.

[11]. Zenit.org, March 28, 2019.  Article: “Thanks to Pius XII, Almost a Million Jews Saved from Nazis, Says Jewish Man who Hated Pacelli but Now Calls Him a Hero.”

[12]. The Vatican against Europe, by Edmond Paris, pg. 199.  The Wicliffe Press, London.  Reprinted 1988.

[13]. The Vatican against Europe, by Edmond Paris, pg. 197.  The Wicliffe Press, London.  Reprinted 1988.

[14]. Hitler’s Pope: the Secret History of Pius XII, by John Cornwell, pg. 150.  Viking, London. 1999.

[15]. Hitler’s Pope: the Secret History of Pius XII, pg. 188.

[16]. Hitler’s Pope: the Secret History of Pius XII, pgs. 152-153.

[17]. Hitler’s Pope: the Secret History of Pius XII, pgs. 154-155.

[18]. Hitler’s Pope: the Secret History of Pius XII, pg. 159.

[19]The Vatican against Europe, pg. 252.

[20]. Hitler’s Pope: the Secret History of Pius XII, pg. 208.

[21]. The Vatican against Europe, pgs. 169-170.

[22]. The Vatican against Europe, pg. 175.

[23]. The Vatican against Europe, pgs. 174-175.

[24]. The Vatican against Europe, pgs. 184-185.

[25]The Vatican against Europe, pgs. 187-189.

[26]. The Vatican against Europe, pg. 245.

[27]. Hitler’s Pope: the Secret History of Pius XII, pgs. 281-291.

[28]. Hitler’s Pope: the Secret History of Pius XII, pg. 292.

[29]. Hitler’s Pope: the Secret History of Pius XII, pg. 293.

[30]. The Vatican against Europe, pg. 244.

[31]. Der Vatikan und das XX. Jahrhundert, by Avro Manhattan, pgs. 17,18, Berlin 1958; quoted in The Vatican against Europe, pg. 244.

[32]. The Vatican against Europe, pg. 244.

[33]. The Vatican against Europe, pgs. 200-201.

[34]. See Convert…or Die! by Edmond Paris, Chick Publications, Chino, California; and The Vatican’s Holocaust, by Avro Manhattan, Ozark Books, Springfield, Missouri, second printing 1988.

[35]. The Vatican’s Holocaust, by Avro Manhattan, pgs. 95,98.  Ozark Books, Springfield, Missouri.  Second Printing 1988.

[36]. Hitler’s Pope: the Secret History of Pius XII, pg. 256.

[37]. The Vatican against Europe, pg. 220.

[38]. The Vatican against Europe, pg. 220.

[39]. The Vatican against Europe, pgs. 221-222.

[40]. Hitler’s Pope: the Secret History of Pius XII, pgs. 258-259.

[41]. The Vatican against Europe, pg. 231.

[42]. Hitler’s Pope: the Secret History of Pius XII, pg. 266.

[43]. Hitler’s Pope: the Secret History of Pius XII, pgs. 266-267.

[44]. Hitler’s Pope: the Secret History of Pius XII, pg. 304.

[45]. The Vatican against Europe, pgs. 273-274.

[46]. The Vatican in World Politics, by Avro Manhattan, pg. 222.  Horizon Press, Inc., New York.  1949.

[47]The Vatican against Europe, pgs. 270- 272.

[48]. The Vatican against Europe, pg.18.

[49]. Hitler’s Pope: the Secret History of Pius XII, pg. 267.

[50]. The Vatican against Europe, pg. 275.

[51]The Vatican against Europe, pgs. 14,18.