THE VATICAN: Sheep Kill Sheep

One of the saddest hearts in all of Europe last week was that of Pope Pius XII. He had been hailed at his election as a shrewd diplomat who would be an authoritative moral policeman among Europe's thugs. He succeeded a man who had learned early in life (in sorry Poland, ironically, where he was Papal Nuncio just after World War I) to fight against extreme ideologies, and who late in life had waged that fight—particularly against Naziism—with superhuman strength. "No good Catholic" Pius XI had said "can be a Socialist"—and before he...

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