Peter Eisner

‘Hidden Encyclical’ No Longer Hidden

The unpublished Vatican document that lambasted Nazis’ anti-Semitism, and the U.S. priest who played a key role in writing it.

06/11/2013
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Bethesda, Md. — Did Pope Pius XII, the leader of the Catholic Church during World War II and the subsequent decade, suppress a landmark Vatican document that his predecessor, Pius XI, had commissioned, a document that would have unambiguously criticized racism and anti-Semitism? And did that document — an encyclical, in Vatican parlance — actually exist?

Peter Eisner describes the attempt of Pius XI to issue a document condemning racism and anti-Semitism.Courtesy of William Morrow
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