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Pope Pius XII

Noticing in a TV commercial that this evening's episode of "The Pope" on CNN will be about Pope Pius XII and his relationship with the Germans during WWII, I decided to do little research on the subject prior to watching the episode.

As might be expected, there are conflicting opinions on this subject.
There is a Vanity Fair article (See below: https://www.vanityfair.com/style/1999/10/pope-pius-xii-199910) which roundly condemns Pius XII, and cites hidden documents in the vatican archives in support of this condemnation of his activities vis a vis the Germans both before and during WWII.

On the other hand, the below article-- http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/issues/march-10th-2017/the-end-of-the-hitlers-pope-myth/-- comes out strong in defense Pius XII.

The section of the Wikipedia writeup on Pius XII (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Pius_XII) which talks about his role in WWII provides what is probably a more balanced discussion of the matter.

As a Catholic, I'll be interested in seeing how tonight's TV episode comes down on the issue. Based upon the only other episode of this series that I have watched--one which pilloried the Popes during the renaissance era for their corruptness-- I would assume that this episode will come down pretty hard on Pius XII.


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