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Christian Resistance to Anti-Semitism is Cardinal de Lubac's memoirs of the activities of the Catholic Church in Vichy and Occupied France after the Fall of France. These memoirs seem to have been written in the 1970s and 1980s. De Lubac seems to be responding to critics surfacing in the 1970s who were making the argument that Pius XII was silent during the war years, an assertion that de Lubac sternly rejects.
A couple of observations. First, the organization of the memoirs seems to be chaotic. The structure is thematic rather than chronological, which seems to result in de Lubac covering the same territory on several occasions. de Lubac also is temporally ungrounded, often shifting from recounting the past to addressing the present without making any clear indication of the shift.
Second, de Lubac has the modesty of a person who has gone through war. We don't hear much of de Lubac's war time experience, rather his focus is on the heroism and actions of others. We might think that de Lubac wasn't being chased by the Gestapo for all the evidence that de Lubac provides.
Third, de Lubac has a difficult, often inaccessible writing style. It is very ornate and florid and makes a lot of assumptions that the reader is up to speed on interwar French politics. If you're not - and I am not - this is an opportunity for diving into the subject.
In Chapter 2 - Lyons 1940 - 1941, de Lubac recounts the experience of Catholicism's past opposition to anti-semitism. He points out his association with Fr. Pierre Charles, who debunked the Protocols of the Elder of Zion (in 1938) and earned Hitler's wrath. (p. 23.Read more ›
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