One such example is the how Pope Pius XII transformed from being considered someone who personally saved Jewish people during the Holocaust to being considered a Nazi sympathizer.
“I had written books about Pope Pius XII. He was people during World War II, recognized as a hero during the war, after the war, at the time of his death… a concert was played at the Vatican by the symphony from Israel as thanks of everything he had done… That was not really doubted until the 1960s,” Rychlak explained. “And in the 1960s, there was an active campaign, a play was at the heart of it, but the play wasn’t the only thing. There were books, lectures, speakers, and articles implanted. It’s not because they cared about the Pope. It’s because they cared about Western values. For example you take down a Pope, associate a pope with the Nazis – how can you trust that church? How can you trust Christianity itself? How can you really trust religion at some level?”More recent attempts, given a fair amount of airtime on NPR and the like, is that Pius XII was a good friend of Mussolini. As if.
Given the tenacity of lies about Pope Pius XII, I'm grateful that this was highlighted in the interview when it didn't have to be; my guess, my hope, is that a fair amount of listeners who have been disinformed about this subject (and who may not be all that familiar with, or have good feelings for, the RCC) will now be encouraged to learn the truth.