Did Adolf Hitler hate the papacy?
Did Adolf Hitler hate the Pope of the world?
- imacatholic2Lv 79 years agoFavorite Answer
In the early 1930s, The German bishops excommunicated any and all Catholics who joined the Nazi party, wore the uniform, or flew the swastika flag (including Adolph Hitler).
"Pius XII? This is the only human being who has always contradicted me and who has never obeyed me." Adolf Hitler --- from Hans Jansen's The Silent Pope? (2000)
In October 1958 in front of the United Nations General Assembly, Golda Meir, the Prime Minister of Israel, said of Pope Pius XII at his death :
''During the 10 years of Nazi terror, when our people went through the horrors of martyrdom, the Pope raised his voice to condemn the persecutors and commiserate with their victims.''
Some of the Jewish organizations that praised Pope Pius XII at the time of his death for saving Jewish lives during the horror of the Nazi Holocaust were:
+ The World Jewish Congress
+ The American Jewish Committee
+ The American Jewish Congress
+ The Anti-Defamation League
+ The Central Conference of American Rabbis
+ The National Conference of Christians and Jews
+ The National Council of Jewish Women.
+ The New York Board of Rabbis
+ The Rabbinical Council of America
+ The Synagogue Council of America
No serious scholar contests the evidence that Pius XII took direct and indirect measures to save Jews from the Nazi death machine.
At the start of World War II, Pope Pius XII’s first encyclical was so anti-Hitler that the Royal Air Force and the French air force dropped 88,000 copies of it over Germany. Here is a link to the Summi Pontificatus: Encyclical of Pope Pius XII on the Unity of Human Society, October 20, 1939: http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/pius_xii/encycli...
Unfortunately the Soviet Union and others had been trying to convince the world that the Catholic Church was pro-Nazi since the death of Pope Pius in 1958. Here are some sources:
+ The KGB made corrupting the Church a priority: http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=YTUzYmJhMGQ5Y...
+ The KGB campaign against Pius XII: http://www.the-tidings.com/2007/021607/difference....
"Only the Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler's campaign for suppressing truth. I never had any special interest in the Church before, but now I feel a great affection and admiration because the Church alone has had the courage and persistence to stand for intellectual truth and moral freedom. I am forced thus to confess that what I once despised I now praise unreservedly. "
- Albert Einstein, Time Magazine, December 23, 1940 http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,7...
+ The Myth of Hitler’s Pope: Pope Pius XII and His Secret War against Nazi Germany (2005) by Rabbi David G. Dalin
+ Did Pope Pius XII Help the Jews? (2007) by Margherita Marcione
+ The Holy See vs. the Third Reich by Ronald J. Rychlak http://soli.inav.net/~jfischer/oct98/ronaldrychlak...
+ Jewish Historian Praises Pius XII's Wartime Conduct by Michael Tagliacozzo http://academics.smcvt.edu/pcouture/jewish_histori...
+ Did Pius XII Remain Silent? by Fr William Saunders http://catholiceducation.org/articles/religion/re0...
+ Pius XII and the Jews: The War Years, as reported by the New York Times by by Rev. Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni, H.E.D. http://www.catholicleague.org/pius/piusnyt/bio.htm
+ Hitler, the War, and the Pope (2000) by Robert J. Rychlak
+ The Unseen War in Europe (1996) by John H. Waller (see the chapter entitled “Operation X: The Vatican Connection”)
With love in Christ.
- 9 years ago
Hitler Hated end of story
- The Fallen FigLv 59 years ago
Not particularly, his closest friend Benito Mussolini made the Vatican a country. Hitler would change his religion to whatever was convenient for the time, Other top Nazi officers ordered the Waffen SS to destroy all churches in sight though
- 9 years ago
No the German Cahtolics supported Hitler and fascist Italy with Mussolini and the pope were part of the Axis alliance.
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- Mike KLv 79 years ago
Even though Hitler felt a particular hatred when dealing with Jews and Communists, he viewed the Catholic Church as a pernicious opponent, a deeply-entrenched threat that must be controlled and eventually uprooted from German life in order to establish his promised Thousand-Year-Reich. In the interim he had to tolerate it as 1/3 of Germany was Catholic, the other 2/3 Protestant.
The death of Pope Pius XI in February 1939 then the election of his successor, Pius XII, drew sneers from Das Schwarze Korps (‘The Black Corps’), house newspaper of the SS and mouthpiece of Heinrich Himmler, Reichsfuhrer SS. They referred to Pius XI as the “Chief Rabbi of the Christians, boss of the firm of Judah-Rome.” Before this, Das Schwarze Korps had taken a primary role in propaganda attacks on Pius XII during his official visit to France, labelling him a co-conspirator with Jews and Communists against Nazism.
The ultimate destruction of Christianity was one of the Nazis long-term projects. From his early years of political planning, from Mein Kampf to the Table Talk Hitler himself made his contempt for the ‘slave’ ideology of Christianity and its Jewish roots perfectly clear.
- Anonymous9 years ago
Hitler realized the importance of religious establishment in manipulating the masses .. im pretty sure he spelled it out in Mein Kampf
- AladinoLv 69 years ago
Who cares. Hitler was evil.
- Anonymous9 years ago
No, the catholics collaborated with facists in italy. they even helped them round up jews. the current pope served in the Hitler youth. these are all facts
- FarsightLv 79 years ago
Yep. He threatened to destroy it multiple times and had his troops make several assassination attempts on upper level officials.
- Anonymous9 years ago
how do we know? We are not hitler