Originally Posted by Schism hater
As Secretary of State for the Vatican, Eugenio Pacelli, later Pope Pius XII, ignored the pleas of knowledgeable Catholics, including then-Edith Stein, since canonized, in orchestrating the Concordat with the newly-elected Nazi government in 1933, thus helping the Third Reich, whose grasp on power was then shaky, consolidate its hold on Germany. Later, in the late 30s and early 40s, when the anti-Christian, totalitarian and murderous nature of the Third Reich was crystal clear, Pius XII still allowed a significant number of bishops and other clergy in Germany to urge loyalty to Hitler and the Third Reich. And, no, this doesn’t come from Hitler’s Pope by Cornwell but from a plethora of credible sources, such as Nazi Germany and the Third Reich by Guenter Lewy.
Despite his other accomplishments, I believe this failure of wisdom and foresight keeps Pius XII from being worthy of veneration.
This has been pretty well refuted, by numerous sources. There’s a good article on this very site, as a matter of fact: catholic.com/documents/ho…protected-jews
Uh, what exactly in what I posted has been “refuted”? Certainly nothing in the link you provided refuted anything I said; I didn’t see that it even made reference to the Concordat of 1933, which was the main point of my post. Yes, Pius XII helped rescue some Jews. He also never excommunicated those of their Nazi persecutors who were offically Catholics (including Adolf Hitler), nor did he ever urge German Catholics to refuse to fight for or act against their government. In fact, right up to 1945 some German bishops were urging their flock to fight for Hitler. That this was allowed to happen was due at least in part to Pius XII’s policy of “neutrality”, which he maintained right to the end of the war, and well after it was known that the Nazis were exterminating Jews. This is historical fact, and it doesn’t come from anti-Catholic bigots like Jack Chick or Dave Hunt, as your link suggests, it is related by scholars who wrote relatively soon after the war, before the pro and con Pius XII campaigns got going.