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Bum RapBum Rap - A book accusing Pius XII of being "Hitler's Pope" overestimates the pontiff's influence and underestimates his character. Lawrence Osborne reviews John Cornwell's book. In Salon. Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights: Pope Pius XII and the HolocaustCatholic League for Religious and Civil Rights: Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust - FAQ and several articles defending Pius XII.
A Catholic Response: Pope Pius XII and the HolocaustA Catholic Response: Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust - Article points out that accusing Pope Pius XII of being indifferent to the Holocaust is a recent development based on fiction. At the time and immediately afterwards, the press and persecuted Jews hailed the Vatican as the one beacon in a darkened Europe. Columbia Encyclopedia: Pius XIIColumbia Encyclopedia: Pius XII - Biographical article.
A Friend in Word and Deed: Pope Pius XII and the JewsA Friend in Word and Deed: Pope Pius XII and the Jews - Lengthy article by Thomas J. Nash attempts to remedy the cultural amnesia which has led to a round of finger-pointing against Pius XII. The Holocaust and the Catholic ChurchThe Holocaust and the Catholic Church - Reviewer James Carroll expounds the argument of John Cornwell's book "Hitler's Pope": that Pius XII was anti-Semitic and power-hungry. In the October 1999 issue of The Atlantic.
The Holy See: Pius XIIThe Holy See: Pius XII - Section of the Vatican's official web site. Portrait, coat of arms, archive of some of his writings and speeches. In Defense of Pope Pius XIIIn Defense of Pope Pius XII - Article by Kenneth Woodward, published in Newsweek, 30 March, 1998. Pius was neither silent nor inactive about the Holocaust. In fact, during the Second World War, he was lauded for his singular efforts to halt the carnage.
Myth vs. Historical FactMyth vs. Historical Fact - Article by Pierre Blet, one of the team of researchers who compiled the 11-volume set of Vatican documents related to World War II. These documents show that it is a baldfaced lie to assert that Pius condoned Nazism. Pius XII and the HolocaustPius XII and the Holocaust - It is telling that the Nazis regarded Pacelli as anti-Nazi, and that Jewish sources give voluminous testimony about Pius XII's efforts on behalf of Jews. Personal page lists many books, reviews, articles, and Internet sites on the topic.
Pius XII as ScapegoatPius XII as Scapegoat - Opinion piece by Michael Novak, in First Things. The recent charges against Pope Pius XII do not stand up to scrutiny. They are illogical, inconsistent, and fly in the face of facts. Pius XII: Greatness DishonouredPius XII: Greatness Dishonoured - An excerpt from the book by Michael O'Carroll.
Pius XII Was No NaziPius XII Was No Nazi - Far from being "Hitler's Pope," Pius XII was a heroic defender of Jews during World War II. Why is this good man being defamed? Excerpt from Ralph McInerny's "The Defamation of Pius XII." Pope Pius XIIPope Pius XII - A Jesuit sets the record straight, with a barrage of quotations from people who were in a position to know very well what Pius XII did during World War II.
Pope Pius XIIPope Pius XII - Illustrated profile includes list of people he beatified or canonized, excerpts from his writings, links. Popes Through the Ages: Pius XIIPopes Through the Ages: Pius XII - An account of his pontificate.
Real FaultsReal Faults - Kevin Madigan reviews John Cornwell's "Hitler's Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII." Thomas Craughwell: Pope Pius XII and the HolocaustThomas Craughwell: Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust - Fifty years ago the charge that Pius XII was anti-Semitic would have been incomprehensible.
Top 100 Catholics: Pope Pius XIITop 100 Catholics: Pope Pius XII - Biographical sketch of Pius XII, voted one of the top Catholics of the 20th century by visitors to the Daily Catholic web site.

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