Saturday, May 16, 2015
Pope Pius XII, was instrumental in helping the Nazis' rise to unhindered power
In Hitler's Pope, award-winning journalist John Cornwell shows that Eugenio Pacelli, Pope Pius XII, was instrumental in negotiating an accord that helped the Nazis' rise to unhindered power – and sealed the fate of the Jews in Europe.
Drawing upon secret Vatican and Jesuit archives to which he had unprecedented access, Cornwell tells the full, tragic story of how narcissistic, long-standing personal antipathy for the Jews, and personal and spiritual ambition combined to make Pius XII the most dangerous churchman in history. Not just a firm and final indictment of Pius XII's papacy, Hitler's Popeis also a searing exploration of its lingering consequences for the Catholic Church today."