Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust

When the Pope Tried to Kill Hitler

November 16, 2015

Church of Spies: The Pope’s Secret War Against Hitler by Mark Riebling Basic Books, New York, 2015 375 pages, $29.99. Ronald J. Rychlak Pope Pius XII and the Nazis: far too many writers have wandered into this fascinating subject without bringing anything new to the table. Many of the late pope’s critics have simply repeated information that appeared... [Read more...]


December 17, 2012

Click here to see the December 17, 2012 Catholic League ad on the op-ed page in the New York Times.  Read More →


April 10, 2012

Dr. William A. Donohue President Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights April 10, 2012 It has come to my attention that the University of Minnesota Duluth is hosting a series of events on the Holocaust; they are scheduled to run between April 12 and April 19. Because many of the events address the religious response to the Holocaust, it is of... [Read more...]

Shoddy Scholarship in the Study of Pope Pius XII

March 20, 2012

Ronald J. Rychlak This article will appear in the April 2012 issue of Catalyst: In the December 2011 issue of Commentary magazine, Kevin Madigan, the Winn Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Harvard Divinity School, put forth the false charge that the Vatican under Pope Pius XII intentionally helped Nazi war criminals escape justice and make their... [Read more...]


October 15, 2010

Kenneth D. Whitehead October 2010 Hitler, the War, and the Pope (Revised and Expanded) by Ronald J. Rychlak. Our Sunday Visitor, 2010. University of Mississippi Professor of Law Ronald J. Rychlak published a book ten years ago with the same title as that shown above. This new book, just published, is presented ten years later as a “revised and... [Read more...]

Tribute to Pope Pius XII

November 30, 2008

Books, Articles and Research Papers (Additional resources may be found here)   Sister Margherita Marchione (Catalyst, November 2008) The career of Eugenio Pacelli ended when people were awakened in Rome soon after dawn, Thursday the 9th of October 1958. Pius XII died at 3:51 a.m., in a plain white iron bed, overhung with a white canopy, in... [Read more...]

The Jewish Community Should Rethink its Attitude Toward Pius XII

June 1, 2007

By Sister Margherita Marchione (June 1, 2007) As the Vatican moves toward announcing the beatification of Pope Pius XII, some prominent American Jewish leaders continue to insist that the Church should desist from that long-overdue action. They claim that Pius was guilty of not doing enough to prevent Hitler’s genocide of Jews during the Holocaust.... [Read more...]

Hitler’s Plan to Kidnap the Pope

June 1, 2007

By Dan Kurzman (Catalyst, June, 2007) As soon as Italian dictator Benito Mussolini was ousted from power on July 25, 1943, Adolf Hitler began hatching a plan to kidnap Pope Pius XII and plunder the Vatican. Clearly, the Fuehrer thought, the “Jew-loving” pope had encouraged King Victor Emanuel II and some rival fascist leaders to overthrow... [Read more...]

Pius XII, John XXIII, and the Newly-Opened Archives

March 31, 2007

Ronald J. Rychlak Catalyst, March 2007 Eugenio Pacelli became Pope Pius XII in 1939, after having spent nine years as Cardinal Secretary of State. Prior to that, he had been the Vatican’s representative in Germany. During his lifetime, Pius XII’s opposition to Hitler was well known. Nazis condemned him, Jews thanked him, and rescuers... [Read more...]

Pius XII and Yad Vashem

October 31, 2006

Sister Margherita Marchione, Ph.D. Catalyst, October 2006 Sister Margherita Marchione is the author of several books on Pope Pius XII, the latest being Crusade of Charity: Pius XII And POW’s 1939-1945. Below the portrait of Pope Pius XII in the Israeli Holocaust Memorial, Yad Vashem, there is a statement which is contrary to the truth and... [Read more...]

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