Sunday, July 24, 2005

"The Myth of Hitler's Pope"

Here is an interesting link by Thomas E. Woods Jr relative to the charge that Pope Pius XII was somehow complicit with the Nazi regime or, put more broadly, that he "didn't do enough for the Jews" under the umbrella of Nazi Germany.

Dr Woods is the author of How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization and The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, among other things. From what I've read of his, he's an engaging guy who knows of what he speaks.

I have enough problems with Roman Catholicism as it is [otherwise I'd be the Pedantic Something-Else!], but if one wants to criticize Rome, one should be fair about it. On the issue of Pius XII, I'm with the Roman Church on this one, based on what I presently know.


Blogger steve said...

I've never formed an opinion about Pius XII's role in WWII because it would require a specialized knowledge of WWII history to offer an informed opinion, and it's irrelevant to the general case for or against the RCC.

On the face of it it seems pretty absurd to suggest that he was Hitler's pawn. If he is to be faulted for not doing more (and I'm noncommittal on that), he was simply acting like a pragmatist, doing his best not to inflame a hostile and superior power which would persecute his flock. We know who won and who lost--he didn't have the benefit of hindsight.

Monday, July 25, 2005 5:38:00 AM  
Blogger steve said...

Interestingly, Pius XII has both Catholic critics and Catholic defenders, Jewish critics and Jewish defenders.

Monday, July 25, 2005 5:41:00 AM  
Blogger Pedantic Protestant said...

Agreed that the entire matter is irrelevant to the general case for or against the RCC.

As for the Catholic defenders of Pius XII, are they of the liberal modernist stripe or are there traditionalist detractors of Pius XII as well?

One thing I do know --- the Watchtower cultists who come to the door sure love to drag him through the mud!

Monday, July 25, 2005 11:43:00 AM  

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