In my opinion, Pope Pius XII is one of the most underrated Popes of the modern age. Little is mentioned of him in Catholic circles unless it is to ignorantly criticize his efforts during the Second World War. Yet, he displayed heroic virtue in the face of the most inhumane circumstances. As we know, as Pope he did all that he could to stem the tide of the modernist theologians. Under his pontificate, loose canons like Yves Congar were kept in check, and he penned some of the most prophetic encyclicals such as Humani Generis. Pius XII was a very Marian Pope, and as we know he picked a most crucial time to proclaim the dogma of the Assumption. He took seriously the warnings of Fatima, which seem to also have been long forgotten in our time. Before he was ever Pope, it is reported that he made his concerns for the future of the Church known to a close friend of his, Count Enrico Galeazzi. Below are his reported prophetic words concerning Fatima, and the future of the Church. People in todays Church have been too long led astray by modern theologies, false liturgical renewal, and the desire to update the Church, forgetting about her glorious past. We live in a Church where the majority of people have no idea that the Church existed before the 1960s. Perhaps the newly elected Pope will focus more on what his forgotten predecessors such as Pope Pius IX, Leo XIII, Pius X, Pius XI and Pius XII warned, concerning the future of the Church? We can only hope that this is the case, because the below prophetic comment made by Pacelli in 1933, is looking to be a grim reality.
I am concerned about the confidences of the Virgin to the little Lucia of Fatima. The persistence of the Good Lady in face of the danger that threatens the Church is a divine warning against the suicide that the modification of the Faith, liturgy, theology, and soul of the Church would represent.
I hear around me partisans of novelties who want to demolish the Holy Sanctuary, destroy the universal flame of the Church, reject her adornments, and make her remorseful for her historical past. Well, my dear friend, I am convinced that the Church of Peter must affirm her past, or else she will dig her own tomb.
(Georges Roche & Philippe Saint Germain, Pie XII devant l'Histoire, Paris: Robert Lafont, 1972)