His August Person was just glorious: "A Pope who knew how to pope."
Already Pius XI had tried to stop the tragedy with his Miserentissimus Redemptor of May 8, 1928, seeking to draw men together in the bonds of love. But nobody listened and nobody was going to listen. It was the same with WWI and it was going to be the same with WWII. So if the repudiation of the papal voice was going to happen anyways, then what was the best strategy? Diplomacy, which is careful prudence. Idiots and bigots call this "silence."