Achille Ratti, Future Pope Pius XI, Complains to Vatican About Poland's Jews

Achille Ratti, Future Pope Pius XI, Complains to Vatican About Poland's Jews

Achille Ratti, Pope Pius XI
Source: Wikipedia

Achille Ratti, the future Pope Pius XI, writes a letter Cardinal Pietro Gasparri, Vatican Secretary of State, on the problems in Poland, which he attributes mostly to Jews.

Achille Ratti writes:

"There were some days of great excitement, with some threats — soon dissipated or nearly so — by the extremist parties bent on disorder: the socialist-anarchists, the Bolsheviks (veterans of or influenced by the Russian revolution) and the Jews."

Ratti will become pope shortly after the end of World War I. His fundamental fear of modernism, something he shares with his predecessors, will lead him to support Franco, the leader of fascism in Spain, as well as sign concordats with fascist leaders Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler. According to Pius XI's way of thinking, it is better to have a repressive fascist in power who also supports traditional social structures than a democratically elected leader who might undermine traditional social structures.

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