PIUS XII: CARDINAL BERTONE, "EXPLOITATION OF THE CONTROVERSY ON PAPA PACELLI’S ‘SILENCE’"

"The controversy on the so-called silence of Pius XII, who was accused of indifference and connivance at the time of the Shoah, is an exploitation. In fact, it is clear that the polemic has its roots in the Soviet propaganda carried out during the war and later absorbed by the Cold War Communist propaganda and by its followers," said this morning the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, in a long speech at the first day of the meeting "Legacy and Magisterium of Pius XII in the 50th anniversary of the Servant of God’s death." "For his German experience, Cardinal Pacelli knew very well Nazism and its insane ideology," said Cardinal Bertone. "Many times, between 1937 and 1939, he had warned the Americans and the British of the danger represented by the Third Reich. There is more. Between Autumn 1939 and Spring 1940, the Pontiff supported, with an unprecedented choice, the initiative (soon rejected) promoted by some German military circles to overthrow the Hitler regime”. (continued)

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