Pope Pius XII Excommunicates People Involved With Cardinal Mindezenty's Imprisonment

Pope Pius XII Excommunicates People Involved With Cardinal Mindezenty's Imprisonment

Mindszenty Plaque, Budapest.
Source: MOs810

Pope Pius XII excommunicates all of the people involved with the imprisonment of Cardinal Josef Mindszenty, Catholic prelate in Hungary. Mindszenty has been sentenced to life imprisonment for "treason" and "espionage." He won't be freed until the Hungarian revolution of 1956 but he then takes refuge in the American embassy after the Soviet Union invades.

One thing that is especially notable about this decision is that Pope Pius XII never ordered or even threatened the excommunication for any members of the Nazi Party - not even high-ranking Nazis who were personally responsible for the deaths of millions, including Catholics and other Christians. The excuse usually offered for this is that Pius needed to protect Catholics from retaliation, but non-German Catholics were already suffering because of the Nazis. And why not protect all the Catholics living in communist nations?

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