Church of Spies

Church of Spies

The Pope's Secret War Against Hitler

eBook - 2015
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A radical reinterpretation of the wartime PopeBorn Eugenio Pacelli, Pope Pius XII is perhaps the most vilified and detested Pope in modern history. Pius XII and the Vatican are thought to have appeased Hitler and betrayed international Jewry by staying silent during the Holocaust. The accusation has fundamentally damaged the Catholic Church's moral standing, and earned Pius XII the nickname 'Hitler's Pope'. But this narrative—of a spiritual leader who stumbled in the world's greatest hour of need, of a man determined to look the other way—is not the complete story.In Church of Spies, intelligence expert Mark Riebling uses a wealth of recently uncovered documents to redraw the conventional image of the wartime Pope, who, in his account, was not Hitler's lackey, but an active anti-Nazi spymaster. Using documents recently released by the Vatican Secret Archives and the British Foreign Office, Riebling shows that the Church's wartime campaign against Hitler was far more extensive than ever thought—and that many actions were intended to undermine the Nazi regime, and were approved by Pius XII himself.In the end, Pius XII was neither a righteous gentile nor Hitler's Pope. He was a politician, at a time when the world needed a prophet.
Publisher: Brunswick : Scribe Publications, 2015.
ISBN: 9781925307139
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Feb 11, 2019

Engaging story of Catholic Church engagement with German dissidents in WWII. Topic not often discussed in history class.

Aug 16, 2017

Liberals love to decry those in the Catholic church who collaborated with the Nazis and try deny the brave fight by those in the church against them. Read this and get a truthful and unbiased look at a courageous story.

Dec 06, 2016

Great read! Fascinating view of a mis-interpreted history. This should rid Pius XII of the name "Hitler's Pope" and give some credibility to his name during this period. Author keeps us involved in the story and an exciting read.


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Mar 05, 2016

..., Christ had always taken the side of the oppressed.

Mar 05, 2016

We need watchdogs to chase away the wolves that pray on the flocks of the Lord.

Mar 05, 2016

..., Pacelli the cardinal had helped create the crisis now confronted by Pacelli the pope.

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