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First, what are the sources of these myths? What documentation, if any, do they contain?
1) Until the arrival of the printing press, the Bible was copied by hand. The Church knew most people could not read but the Bible could still be read to them.
2) Eating fish on Friday to support the fishing industry? Again, where is this claimed? If there is no credible source then it is hearsay at best and a lie at worst.
"From the dawn of Christianity, Friday has been signalized as an abstinence day, in order to do homage to the memory of Christ suffering and dying on that day of the week. The "Teaching of the Apostles" (viii), Clement of Alexandria (Stromata VI.75), and Tertullian (On Fasting 14) make explicit mention of this practice. Pope Nicholas I (858-867) declares that abstinence from flesh meat is enjoined on Fridays. There is every reason to conjecture that Innocent III (1198-1216) had the existence of this law in mind when he said that this obligation is suppressed as often as Christmas Day falls on Friday (De observ. jejunii, ult. cap. Ap. Layman, Theologia Moralis, I, iv, tract. viii, ii). Moreover, the way in which the custom of abstaining on Saturday originated in the Roman Church is a striking evidence of the early institution of Friday as an abstinence day."
3) Pope Pius XII did all he could to help the Jewish people during the Hitler regime. This is well documented.
I mean, if whoever told you these things or wherever you heard or read these things, do not provide credible sources to support these ideas, it doesn't matter.
These are excellent points. Especially significant is the link to amazon.com regarding the book, The Myth of Hitler's Pope. This is written by a rabbi concerning Pius XII's truly great efforts for the Jewish people.
There was a propaganda campaign run against him largely began with the play, 'The Deputy, " by Rolf Hochhuth I believe in 1963. This play along with the disinformation campaign that followed was largely kickstarted by a clandestine kgb operation called Seat 12, under Kruschev to undermine Pope Pius XII's moral authority who spoke out against communism. I know this sounds like howling at the moon kind of conspiracy stuff, but really it isn't. It's been pretty well investigated and documented. A defector, General Ion Mihai Pacepa in 1978, of the Romanian secret service explained his involvement with the operation at the time.
Also, the chief Rabbi of Rome, Israel Zolli, converted to the Catholic Church after the war and took the baptismal name Eugenio to honor Pius XII for all he did for the Jewish people during that terrible time.
So really, when you hear that Pope Pius XII was unsympathetic to the deaths of millions of Jews, don't believe it. He was a great Marian Pope, and I hope to see him canonized one day.