ROME, APRIL 2, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Adolf Hitler’s No. 1 enemy was the Vatican’s secretary of state, Eugenio Pacelli, future Pope Pius XII, according to documents recently found in Europe.
In an article published last Thursday by La Repubblica, reporter Marco Ansaldo announced that he has a dossier on Pius XII that complements documentation found in the Vatican Archives.
According to the newly discovered documents, Pius XII was considered an enemy of the Third Reich. 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, Sister Margherita Marchione, author and expert on Pius XII, explains 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,” Sister 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.”