A conspiracy within the Vatican--to stop an outspoken Pope
In 1938, Pope Pius XI was the world's most prominent critic of the Nazi Party. To make his voice heard, Pius called upon an American Jesuit, John LaFarge, to write a papal encyclical--the Vatican's strongest decree--publicly condemning Hitler's murderous campaign.
But conservative members in the Vatican like Cardinal -Eugenio Pacelli toiled in secret to suppress the document from appearing. Pacelli, who would become Pope Pius XII, colluded with -others to keep the finished encyclical from reaching the increasingly-ill Pope.