The Pope was expecting the draft of an encyclical on racism which he had commissioned in August (Humani Generis Unitas - The Unity of Humankind). Unbeknownst to the pope, one of the draft's authors, American Jesuit John LaFarge, had already delivered it to the general of the Jesuit Society, Wladimir Ledochowski. When the co-author of the draft, German Jesuit Gustav Gundlach, attempted to find out why the draft had not been forwarded to the Pope, Ledochowski gave him no explanation and told him that he need not concern himself with the matter any further! Nonplussed and disillusioned, Gundlach wrote to LaFarge expressing his fear that the draft had fallen victim to Vatican intrigue occasioned by Pius XI's approaching death, adding that his deep trust in General Ledochowski had turned out to be misplaced.
LaFarge and Gundlach decided finally to bypass their superior, Ledochowski 12 This strategy worked but the manuscript eventually did not reach the pope's desk until weeks or days before his death in February 1939. With Pius too ill to make whatever changes he felt necessary before publishing the encyclical, it ended up as unfinished business. Immediately after the pope died, the manuscript disappeared.
Wlodimir Ledochowski's Job Opening Circumstances
Wlodimir Ledochowski's Death Timing