Father Robert A. Graham, S.J.: Defender of Pope Pius XII

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Father Robert A. Graham, S.J. was born on March 11,1912 in Sacramento, California. He was the son of Charlie Graham, a former professional baseball player for the Boston Red Sox and part owner of the San Francisco Seals. In 1941, Robert A. Graham was ordained a Jesuit priest. Beginning in 1963, with the slanderous play against Pope Pius XII, The Deputy by Roch Hochhurth. Father Graham defended Pope Pius XII against these slanderous accusations that he was silent during World War II by adding that the Pope did help and that if he had spoken publicly against Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, Hitler would have attacked the Catholic Church publicly. He wrote for Columbia, a magazine of the Knights of Columbus. He continued to defend Pope Pius XII against his critics until his death on February 11,1997 in Rome, Italy at the age of 84.


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