Does anyone know any reliable sources on Pope Pius XII?
I am, among other things, a student of WWII history, especially relating to the Nazis. My undergraduate thesis was on the rise of neo-Nazism in modern Europe…but I digress. Anyway, given my interest in the time period, I was surfing on the Internet and found this (warning: some of the descriptions are graphic):
The article you linked to was so confusing I found it impossible to follow. Names and tidbits of information were thrown in and stirred around like a fruit salad. There might be something there but I don’t think you can use that article as anything but a starting point to investigate some of the tidbits and see if any of it holds together.
RHC, I would welcome your comments on my translations. I have been reading Churchill’s World War II. I’m up to the Grand Alliance right now, but I haven’t done much more research into WWII appart from that. Your perspective would be appreciated.
I have been reading your translations with interest. They are indeed indicative of what many scholars have suggested - Pope Pius XII walked a very thin line between speaking the truth and endangering millions of faithful in the Axis-occupied countries.
I will read the remainder of your thread later, as work calls.
My last post was on the subject of Croatia. The article you posted seems to missrepresent the facts, jumping to some unwarrente conclusions about the complicity of Vatican in the affairs in Croatia, and most likely doing the same thing with Cardinal Stepanic.
I did find in book V some later correspondance between the Yugoslave ambassador and the Holy see on the subject of mass orthodox conversions, but this was only in 1942. The Yugoslave ambassador was speculating, and rightly so, that these conversions could not be real since there were so many happening at the same time, and there was never any pre-war hint of such an mass movement.
The Vatican took this issue seriously, and reiterated the traditional Catholic teaching that no forced conversion was valid.
From reading all this correspondance, I’m left with the impression that the Vatican operates only at a very high level, with regard to cardinals, councils of bishops, and diplomates. It is very likely that they knew nothing about what was really going on in Croatia.
This may also be the case with Stepanic as well. There are a few letters from Stepanic in book V that I will eventually get to.
I don’t really know enough about Croatia to venture an informed decision though, only my impressions from what the archives say.