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Hitler and the Vatican

Hitler and the Vatican

Inside the Secret Archives That Reveal the New Story of the Nazis and the Church

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  • Free Press | 
  • 352 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743245982 | 
  • July 2007
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Chapter 1: Unanswered Questions

Why did the Catholic Church not raise its voice against the cruelties of racism, the brutality of totalitarianism, the repression of liberties in the Third Reich? Did the notorious silences about the Nazis on Rome's part undermine its claims to moral authority? These questions have not been raised neutrally. Spiced by speculation, polemic has focused on "Hitler's Pope": Pius XII (1939-58). It has not been known that, long before he was crowned, during the 1930s, a condemnation of the moral and doctrinal errors of National Socialism was prepared by the Holy See. That condemnation was couched in terms... see more

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