She also received the gold medal of merit from President Magsaysay in 1955 and the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice award from Pope Pius XII
In what is billed as a 'radical reinterpretation of the wartime Pope, Mark Riebling seeks to rebut the notion that Pius XII
could be accurately described as 'Hitler's Pope' (a reference to the 1999 tide of a bestselling book by journalist John Cornwell).
HITLER planned to have wartime Pope Pius XII
kidnapped by SS commandos - to stop him falling into Allied hands.
But Deschner's portrait of a commercialized church and a calculating Pius XII
corresponds more closely to the fictional account found in Rolf Hochhuth's 1963 play The Deputy than to historical truths.
Soon, a pattern emerges--people who go into the Pius XII
historical archives are dying.
As for Hitler's Pope, I make it abundantly clear that Pius XII
was the victim of Hitler's machinations, that he was unfortunately, and innocently, the ideal pope for Hitler's purposes.
Pope Francis has strongly defended his wartime predecessor Pius XII
against accusations he turned a blind eye to the Holocaust, saying the opening of Vatican archives will shed light on the controversy.
Soldier of Christ: The Life of Pope Pius XII
, by Robert A.
Coppa, author of numerous studies on Pope Pius XII
, made the point that the published works on the Pacelli papacy far outnumbered those dedicated to all his predecessors.
Ever since the appearance of Rolf Hochhuth's play, "The Deputy," in 1963, the Catholic Church and Pope Pius XII
have been excoriated for their silence before the horrors of the Holocaust.
Like his predecessor Pius XI, Pius XII
relied too heavily on concordats, agreements between the Holy See and a government that guaranteed the rights of the church and its members, but did not give the church rights to intervene in the treatment of non-Catholics, as the German church would discover in regard to Jews.
Questioned raised about 'Hitler's Pope' Pius XII
about his role during the 30s and 40s could be answered if Pope Francis opens the Vatican's archives.