Church of Spies

  • by Mark Riebling
  • Narrated by Fred Sanders
  • 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Vatican's silence in the face of Nazi atrocities remains one of the great controversies of our time. History has accused wartime pontiff Pius the Twelfth of complicity in the Holocaust and dubbed him "Hitler's Pope". But a key part of the story has remained untold.
Pius ran the world's largest church, smallest state, and oldest spy service. Saintly but secretive, he skimmed from church charities to pay covert couriers and surreptitiously tape-recorded his meetings with top Nazis. When he learned of the Holocaust, Pius played his cards close to his chest. He sent birthday cards to Hitler - while secretly plotting to kill him.
Church of Spies documents this cloak-and-dagger intrigue in shocking detail. Gun-toting Jesuits stole blueprints to Hitler's homes. A Catholic book publisher flew a sports plane over the Alps with secrets filched from the head of Hitler's bodyguard. The keeper of the Vatican crypt ran a spy ring that betrayed German war plans and wounded Hitler in a briefcase bombing.
The plotters made history in ways they hardly expected. They inspired European unification, forged a US-Vatican alliance that spanned the Cold War, and challenged Church teachings on Jews. Yet Pius' secret war muted his public response to Nazi crimes. Fearing that overt protest would impede his covert actions, he never spoke the "fiery words" he wanted.
Told with heart-pounding suspense, based on secret transcripts and unsealed files, Church of Spies throws open the Vatican's doors to reveal some of the most astonishing events in the history of the papacy. The result is an unprecedented audiobook that will change perceptions of how the world's greatest moral institution met the greatest moral crisis in history.


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Pius XII Vindicated

Every Catholic, Protestant, and Jew who has any interest in World War II and the Holocaust must listen to this amazing story of heroism. This is the story not only of how much Pius XII did for the Jews and for Europe in general, but also of the many Catholic priests, Protestant ministers, and Christian laymen of all kinds who sacrificed so much for the good of mankind.
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- James Clark

The pope won peace

Before any one criticises the pope for any role he did or didn't play in the war against Hitler. Needs to listen to this book. POPE PIUS humbly accepted insult knowing that he was the main mediator of every angle of peace between the resistance movements, the British and all others against Hitler. Catholic resistance movement was strongest of all because of its already established organizational structure. It is so obvious why the pope worked behind the scenes instead of loudly denouncing Hitler at the height of his power. No one shouts where there friends are hiding to the enemy, nor do u yell ar kidnappers who hold a gun to your childs head. Knowing this would only agitated the kidnappers to shoot your child. U talk nicely agreeing to their terms as u creep in the back door, only disarming when they don't see u coming.
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- Cjf

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-29-2015
  • Publisher: Random House Audio