Monday, May 21, 2012

"Operation Pope Kill"

    Fun fact about Hitler: In the 1930s, he ordered Catholic schools to replace their classroom crucifixes with pictures of him. If ever there was a piece of trivia that encapsulated how Adolf saw himself in the larger world, that was probably it. In hindsight, it's kind of easy to blast the papacy for not doing enough to help European Jews during the Holocaust, just so long as you remember that they were dealing with a guy who was only steps away from abolishing all religions and setting himself up as Germany's lord and savior.
A conservative blog for peace links to Jacopo della Quercia's piece — 5 Nazi Plans That Prove They Were Dumber Than You Think.

"Step one in that plan: Seize the Vatican. Step two: Kidnap the Pope. Step three: Hitler ... is declared God, we guess?" Tolle, lege.

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Little known fact that was told to me by a Dominican professor who had worked at the Vatican: the back up plan if the Nazis had kidnapped Pius XII was simple: Pius had drawn up an instrument effectuating his automatic and immediate resignation if he was taken into custody and/or removed from Rome. However many cardinals were left in free territory were to head to Lisbon to meet & elect the next pope. So, the threat was serious enough that Pius XII drew up a contingency plan to make sure that the papacy did not fall into the hands of the Nazis.

May 22, 2012 at 8:11 PM  

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