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Hitler and the Vatican by Peter Godman
notes & commentary by William P. Meyers

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Hitler and the Vatican: Inside the Secret Archives That Reveal the New Story of the Nazis and the Church. The Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. New York 2004. ISBN 0-7432-4597-0

In the summer of 1936 “the Holy Office was preparing to condemn National Socialism, Communism, and Fascist totalitarianism all at once. On July 12, 1936, a draft was printed.” [p. 102] [Yet on July 17 the Catholics started a rebellion against the democratic government of Spain, and were constantly lauded by the Church, and aided by Hitler and Mussolini] In the draft state tyranny was protested, “the use of force was unlawful, and the commission deplored war.” [p. 103] The Jews were not to be excluded from justice [p. 104].

Thesis: Pius XI, not Pius XII, decided not to take on the Jew question or any other Nazi issue. The statement about justice for Jews was prepared for him, but he decided not to use it. [104-105]

The Holy Office’s recommended condemnation showed uncompromising hostility to Stalin, but only criticism of Hitler and Mussolini. [p. 105]

The Nazis continue to negotiate with the Church in 1936; education was a point of dispute. [109]

Another Catholic complaint made by Pacelli was that the Nazis reduced state subsidies to the church [p. 114] [Another way of saying that the Nazis continue to subsidize the Catholic Church].

Former German vice-chancellor von Papen continued to try to reconcile the party and the church, and promoted the new book, The Foundations of National Socialism, by Hudal calling for the same. [p. 114-115]

Hudal “claimed to detect substantial agreement between the policies of the Nazis and the social doctrines of recent popes.” [p. 119]

Thesis of book: “Just as those who have wished to find an appeaser in the Vatican have mistaken his identity, so the search for an anti-Semite has proceeded in the wrong direction. The name of both was not Eugenio Pacelli [Pius XII] but Alois Hudal. [p. 121]

The Supreme Tribunal considered banning Hudal’s The Foundations of National Socialism, but instead merely announced “that the work had been published without prior permission of the Holy See.” “In Austria the book went through five editions in the course of a year.” [p. 126]

On November 19, 1936 “Pius XI had chosen to turn his attention to Communism and away from Nazi racism. [p. 129]

It is asserted that the last two years of the reign of Pius XI, from 1937 to 1939, he was so ill that Eugenio Pacelli was already acting Pope. [p. 133]

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