Poland's Cardinal Hlond Informs Pope Pius XII of Atrocities Against Polish Catholics

Poland's Cardinal Hlond Informs Pope Pius XII of Atrocities Against Polish Catholics

Cardinal August Hlond
Source: Wikipedia

Cardinal August Hlond, Primate of Poland, arrives at the Vatican to inform Pope Pius XII about the atrocities being committed by the Germans against Polish Catholics, laity as well as priests.

The Nazis are determined to eliminate all forms of organized resistance to their occupation, which includes anything that might inspire Polish nationalism. Because the Polish Catholic Church has long been an incubator of Polish nationalism, it's one of the first targets of Nazi persecution.

By the end of 1939, several hundred clerics are imprisoned and at least 200 will have been executed. Pope Pius XII does nothing substantive to help the Polish Catholics who are supposed to be able to rely on his care and support, however.

German Catholic leaders, for example, are not admonished to cease giving praise and legitimacy to the German aggression, nor do they evince serious concern for what's being done to their fellow Catholics in Poland.

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