Pius XII an "enemy of Third Reich", documents show
Newly discovered documents from the archives of the former East German secret service, the Stasi, show that wartime Pope Pius XII was considered an enemy of Hitler's Third Reich, not a collaborator.
Zenit reports that that the documents show that Adolf Hitler's No 1 enemy was the Vatican's secretary of state, Eugenio Pacelli, future Pope Pius XII.
In an article published last Thursday by Italian paper, La Repubblica, reporter Marco Ansaldo announced that he has a dossier on Pius XII that complements documentation found in the Vatican Archives.
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, Sr Margherita Marchione, author and expert on Pius XII, told Zenit that 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," Sr 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."
More Evidence Pius XII Was Not Hitler's Pope (Zenit, 3/4/07)
LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Pope Pius XII (Wikipedia)
Pope Pius XII archive (Vatican)
KGB smear campaign against Pius XII exposed (CathNews, 30/1/07)
Vatican's secret archives now open to scholars (CathNews, 19/9/06)
Vatican to release Pius XI's secret archives (CathNews, 3/7/06)
Hitler plot to kidnap Pius XII revealed (CathNews, 17/1/05)
Catholics join latest debate on Pope Pius XII (CathNews, 7/1/05)
4 Apr 2007