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Pope’s silence spoke volumes

Dear Editor:

Your article about Pope Pius XII on Jan. 26, 2010, once again raises the moral issue of his “silence” in World War II. Did he and his entourage know about the murder of 6 million Jews (one-third children)? Of course he did. All of the Italian army and two-thirds of the German army were Catholics.

There was an attempt 10 years ago to open the Vatican files by Catholics, Jews and others. As more pressure was put on the church, suddenly the door was slammed on any investigation of the WWII pope.

Maybe Dan Brown can open the secret of complicity. Did Pius XII fear for his life? Did he speak out when the Germans murdered 250 Italian men in reprisal for the killing of 11 German soldiers in 1944. They were rounded up for days and executed in a cave. Even some of the German officers bolted from the cave during the blood bath and were never seen again.

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As millions of Jews and others were murdered in cold blood by Germans, the victims cried out “where is God?” God was “absent.” But, we knew where the Pope was. His archives will tell why he was “silent.” The world needs to know.

Richard Goodwin

Snowmass Village


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