Saturday, July 01, 2006

Fiat lux: Unveiling the Vatican's secrets

Interesting news from the Holy See:

Pope Benedict has decided to open all Vatican archives from 1922 to 1939, giving new insight into what the Catholic Church knew and did as Europe saw the rise of Nazism in Germany and the Spanish Civil War.

The Vatican said on Friday it would open its central files, known as the Secret Archives, and files of its Secretariat of State for the pontificate of Pope Pius XI on September 18.

I'm curious. Aren't you? It would be nice to know what the Vatican knew, and when, what it did and what it ignored, what it thought and how it acted in a time of extraordinary crisis not just throughout Europe but around the world.

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  • I was horrified when I read "Hitler's Pope" but I applaud this action whether it puts the question of the Vatican's complicity with Mussolini and Hitler to rest or not.

    By Blogger Capt. Fogg, at 9:41 AM  

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