"All successes [Pacelli believed] could only be attained by papal diplomacy. The system of concordats led him and the Vatican to despise democracy and the parliamentary system...Rigid governments, rigid centralizations, and rigid treaties were supposed to introduce an era of stable order, an era of peace and quiet."
-Heinrich Bruning, German Chancellor 1930-1932
"Pius XII and the Jews...The whole thing is too sad and too serious for bitterness...a silence which is deeply and completely in complicity with all the focus which carry out oppression, injustice, aggression, explotation, war." -Thomas Merton
"The cause of the beatification and canonization of Pope Pius XII, who is rightly venerated by many millions of Catholics, will not be stoopped or delayed by the unjustifiable and calumnious attacks against this great and saintly man." -Father Peter Gumpel, S.J., relator in the cause of Pius XII's canonization