Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Vatican secret archives for World War II will open within 6 years: Cardinal Kasper

Catholic World News - May 26, 2010

Cardinal Walter Kasper, who coordinates the Vatican outreach to the world's Jews, has promised that the secret archives covering the pontificate of Pius XII will be open to scholars within 6 years. Speaking to an audience in Liverpool, Cardinal Kasper said that the contents of the archives could help resolves longstanding questions about the efforts of the wartime Pontiff to protect Jews from the Holocaust. "It is our belief that we have nothing to hide and that we do not need to fear the truth," he said.

Although Cardinal Kasper's announcement drew keen interest from reporters, his timetable for the opening of the World War II archives was not new. Earlier this year Bishop Sergio Pagan, the Vatican Archivist, told an Italian newspaper that he thought that section of the archives would be open within 5 years. Bishop Pagan said that only the "technical" difficulties involved in sorting and cataloguing 16 million documents are now delaying the date.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our April expenses ($19,134 to go):
$35,000.00 $15,866.48
55% 45%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 2 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: polish.pinecone4371 - May. 26, 2010 6:14 PM ET USA

    I too am wondering where the news is. I saw this earlier today in the Times and thought, "But this has already been said." I don't get why when Kasper says it the Times calls it "soon," but when others have said it that's still a long way off.

  • Posted by: jasoncpetty3446 - May. 26, 2010 2:32 PM ET USA

    ...the "technical" difficulties involved in sorting and cataloguing 16 million documents... I see a potential solution to Italy's unemployment issues.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Smaller Church, Bigger Faith, 3: Ecclesiastical Discipline April 17
The Holy Spirit and Evangelization: A Primer April 16
Journey to the Sun: A Strange Biography of Junípero Serra April 16
Russia's demographic recovery + US demographic decline = danger April 16
James Carroll strikes (at the Church) again April 16

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days