But now it's becoming clearer who really helped enable the Nazis by their silence, Hitler's paper, the New York Times that covered up its own silence by embracing KGB propaganda. Fr. Gordon MacRae has an extensive article at These Stone Walls. He writes:
It is no longer a mystery to me why The New York Times and other news media spread far and wide the myth of “Hitler’s Pope.” They eagerly embraced without question a Kremlin propaganda campaign to frame Pius XII as a scapegoat for silence in the face of the Holocaust. The Times had an opportunity during Hitler’s reign that the Pope never had – an opportunity to expose a horrible truth to the world. According to Susan E. Tifft and Alex S. Jones, other agendas – self-serving political agendas – controlled the news and buried that truth. If the Kremlin had its “Operation Seat 12″ to defame the Pope, “Operation Page 12″ seemed to be a parallel plan at The New York Times. It’s a moral legacy that cannot ever be erased as long as the Times and other news media scapegoat someone else for that silence.If any pope deserves to be up for canonization it is Pope Pius XII. Let us pray that more and more Catholics and people of good will learn the story of this courageous man. You see a little of his heroism in the film The Scarlet and the Black about Msgr. Hugh O'Flaherty's role in running an underground program in Rome with the support of the pope. Great movie! It would make a good Christmas present for teenagers who need real heroes in their lives.