Cornwell said that in his view, the real “bombshell” to emerge from Kertzer’s essay is not regarding Pius XII’s negotiations with Hitler, but instead Kertzer’s uncovering of documentation that the Vatican ordered the burning of files regarding German priests who had abused children — an issue von Hessen raised during one of his visits to the Vatican.
“It is now clear that the Secretariat of State, then under Cardinal Pacelli’s direction, had indeed taken immediate action,” writes Kertzer. “A folder in the Secretariat’s files from the previous year is labeled ‘Vienna: Order to burn all archival material concerning cases of immorality of monks and priests.’ ”
ROME — New research from the Vatican archives appears to show evidence of previously unknown backchannel negotiations between Pope Pius XII and Adolf Hitler during the Second World War, although some historians cautioned that the findings do not represent a “paradigm shift” in understanding the Catholic Church’s wartime actions.
“No new finding has been as dramatic as the discovery that, shortly after he became pope, Pius XII entered into secret negotiations with Hitler, a story told here for the first time,” writes Brown University historian David Kertzer in a recently published essay in The Atlantic, adapted from his new book, The Pope at War.
The article chronicles a series of meetings between Pope Pius XII (formerly Italian Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli) and Hitler’s emissary, German Prince Philipp von Hessen, newly discovered after the 2020 opening of the Vatican’s Pius XII archives.
Kertzer, the author of several best-selling books on the Vatican, has uncovered transcripts of meetings between the two men, which include a series of cordial greetings between Hitler and Pius XII.
Pope Pius XII, like all RC hierarchs and clerics, was willing to sacrifice ordinary Catholics, and victims, to protect disgusting and lecherous priests and monks.
The protection of the so called good name of the RCC, and bishops and priests, has always been more important than non clerical, totally dispensable.
Catholic laity are simply clerical fodder.
The while ROMAN CATHOLIC INSTITUTION is an evil and not of Christ phenomenon.
In fact, at this stage, I think I have to say that it is more true to say that many popes were the vicars of Satan rather than the vicars of Christ!
Thank God, I only wasted the first 33 years of my life on the RCC.
And thank God, at the age of 33, through the machinations of the RCC hierarchs, I had a road to Damascus liberation from the RCC and for the first time in my life experienced what it was really like to have freedom of the sons and daughters of God.
ROME is the new Babylon for the People of God.
And I’m so glad to be in Larne instead of Babylon 😀