Last night I finished Church of Spies: The Pope’s Secret War Against Hitler. It is engrossing.
You might recall that the other day I posted – from the book – about a group of ex-priests who formed a unit with the SS which monitored the Church and the Holy See. One of them, Albert Hartl, was in charge of the dossier on the new Pope Pius. This is a really strange cat. He really hated the Church, with demonic hatred. A great deal about Nazism was demonic. For example, it is hard to explain how Hitler, seemingly by chance, managed to miss so many attempts on his life. I suspect demons protected him. But I digress… back to the horrible Hartl.
Here are a few paragraphs on his fate. Be sure not to miss the close!
ON 26 MAY, AGENTS OF THE US ARMY COUNTER INTELLIGENCE Corps captured SS officer Albert Hartl in Austria. British troops had arrested him earlier in the month, but released him as “uninteresting.” The Americans sent Hartl to Dachau and then to other prison camps, where he implicated his SS superiors and subordinates in war crimes. He claimed never to have committed any atrocities himself. “I witnessed the execution of about 200 men, women and children of every age including babies,” Hartl said. “The victims were forced to kneel in a large ditch and each one was shot separately in the back of the head, so that death was always instantaneous.” To overcome moral depression, the mass executioners were kept well supplied with vodka. “An interesting medical phenomenon,” as Hartl called it, was that “the [SS] men, who had frequently taken part in the execution of women and girls, became sexually impotent for a certain period of time.” Hartl wrote a long report on “The Vatican Intelligence Service.” Among its great successes, he listed “contact with the German Military Intelligence of Admiral Canaris through the Munich lawyer and well-known Bavarian Catholic politician Dr Josef Müller.” Hartl then offered to spy against the papacy for the United States. All he needed, he said, was a budget, a staff, and a multiyear contract. The final report on his interrogation attributed to Hartl “a definite emotional and psychological disturbance bordering on abnormality.”
Despite suspecting him of war crimes, the Allies set Hartl free. He soon became an apostle of yoga, environmentalism, and whole foods.
See what happens when you turn on the Church?
It seems to me that we should pay close attention to that period of history. It was within living memory. To those who muse that “Such a thing could never happen again!”, I respond, “You’re idiots.”
Just one more excerpt:
On 15 March the German army entered Prague. Through snow and mist, on ice-bound roads, Hitler followed in his three-axel Mercedes, its bulletproof windows up. Himmler’s gang of 800 SS officers hunted undesirables. A papal agent cabled Rome, with “details obtained confidentially,” reporting the arrests of all who “had spoken and written against the Third Reich and its Führer.” Soon 487 Czech and Slovak Jesuits landed in prison camps, where it was “a common sight,” one witness said, “to see a priest dressed in rags, exhausted, pulling a car and behind him a youth in SA [Storm Troop] uniform, whip in hand.”
Don’t be put to sleep by the Olympian Middle.
On to the next books.