The Right Coast
July 28, 2005
Not Hitler's Pope
By Tom Smith
A new book on Pius XII. (via instapundit.)
Reading Cornwell's book, Hitler's Pope, should be enough to convince anyone he's less than objective. The first chapter or two try to convince the reader Pius, as a Vatican diplomat before he became Pope, was insturmental in causing, or perhaps the most important cause of, World War I. Somehow, I doubt it.
Whether some evil old nun beat him up, or his Mommy made him pray too much, or it's just a way to suck up to the powers at Oxford, who knows, but Cornell has it out for the Church, and slandering Pius is his vehicle of choice. He has had the effect of provoking several well documented defenses of Pius, however.