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Kim Eisterhold wrote:

Hi, guys —

First of all, I want to thank you for the helpful answers to the last questions I sent. They helped clarify a lot of doubts and questions I had about the Catholic Church. Now something new has come up.

My husband is reading a book entitled:

Hitler's Pope, The Secret History of Pius XII, by John Cornwell.

  • Is this some more Adventist propaganda, or is this book actually revealing the
    shocking untold story of Pope Pius XII?

Your opinion would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

  { Was Pope Pius XII Hitler's Pope and is this book an untold story or is this Adventist propaganda? }

Bob replied:

Dear Kim:

Your husband is reading trash. This book has been widely debunked and criticized as a work of distortion, fiction and utter anti-Catholic bias.

This same Pope was heralded by the top Rabbi of Jerusalem for his commendable efforts in helping the Jews, and for often being the sole voice condemning the brutality against the Jews.
A tree was planted in Jerusalem in his honor in the most sacred place for the Jews — hardly the response to a pro-Hitler Nazi, as your husband's author suggests.

If I am able, I will find the very useful articles I have read outlining some of the flaws of this terrible book, and send them along.


Bob K.

Mike replied:

Hi, Kim —

YES, this is more anti-Catholic propaganda but there is an article by Catholic Answers that will allow you to refute it.

Call Catholic Answers at 1 (888) 291-8000 (Monday–Friday, 9 AM–5 PM, Pacific Time) and ask them to send you a copy of the February 1997 issue of This Rock magazine.

Tell them Mike Humphrey from sent you!

Pope Pius XII is on the cover with a star of David around his hand!

The article is titled:

How Pius XII protected the Jews

I think you will find the article interesting.

Mike Humphrey

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