The Catholic Church is doing some serious rehabilitation of its tarnished public image and to go along with all of Pope Francis’s liberal views comes word that the Church wasn’t pro-Hitler after all. Salon brings us an excerpt from “Church of Spies: The Pope’s Secret War Against Hitler” by Mark Riebling:
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At six in the morning on Sunday, 12 March, a procession snaked toward the bronze doors of St. Peter’s. Swiss Guards led the line, followed by barefoot friars with belts of rope. Pius took his place at the end, borne on a portable throne. Ostrich plumes stirred silently to either side, like quotation marks.
Pius entered the basilica to a blare of silver trumpets and a burst of applause. Through pillars of incense he blessed the faces. At the High Altar, attendants placed on his shoulders a wool strip interwoven with black crosses.
Outside, police pushed back the crowds.