|Amazon Price||New from||Used from|
This devastating account of the ecclesiastical career of Eugenio Pacelli (1876-1958), who became Pope Pius XII in 1939, is all the more powerful because British historian John Cornwell maintains throughout a measured though strongly critical tone. After World War II, murmurs of Pacelli's callous indifference to the plight of Europe's Jews began to be heard. A noted commentator on Catholic issues, Cornwell began research for this book believing that "if his full story were told, Pius XII's pontificate would be exonerated." Instead, he emerged from the Vatican archives in a state of "moral shock," concluding that Pacelli displayed anti-Semitic tendencies early on and that his drive to promote papal absolutism inexorably led him to collaboration with fascist leaders. Cornwell convincingly depicts Cardinal Secretary of State Pacelli pursuing Vatican diplomatic goals that crippled Germany's large Catholic political party, which might otherwise have stymied Hitler's worst excesses. The author's condemnation has special force because he portrays the admittedly eccentric Pacelli not as a monster but as a symptom of a historic wrong turn in the Catholic Church. He meticulously builds his case for the painful conclusion that "Pacelli's failure to respond to the enormity of the Holocaust was more than a personal failure, it was a failure of the papal office itself and the prevailing culture of Catholicism." --Wendy Smith --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Relying on exclusive access to Vatican and Jesuit archives, an award-winning Roman Catholic journalist argues that through a 1933 Concordat with Hitler, Pope Pius XII facilitated the dictator's riseAand, ultimately, the Holocaust.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
As other reviewers on Amazon have noted there seems to be a knee-jerk reaction to the contents of this book for many of the negative reviews, in fact I almost skipped the reading... Read morePublished 16 hours ago by A. Gomez
Very good read! Just another blatant example of the Catholic church (or any bureaucracy) protecting itself instead of other human beings. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Why didn't the Pope excommunicate Hitler and ban Catholics from joining the Nazi party? Sure, that would have made the Vatican an enemy of the Nazi regime, but what would they do,... Read morePublished 17 days ago by David Fradin
I didn't really understand the Catholic Church's deep involvement in the World Wars until I read this book. Great info.Published 3 months ago by E. Murphy
long but fascinating if this kind of thing interests you.well written with immesurable detail.Published 3 months ago by james trow
This is a revised version of John Cornwell's original book on Pope Pius XII. It is a responsible, well researched book on the man who led the Roman Catholic Church during World War... Read morePublished 3 months ago by RLR
You have to laugh at the 4 and 5 star reviews that praise Cornwell's book when even Cornwell himself has since moderated the conclusions he expressed after a barrage of criticism. Read morePublished 4 months ago by momof6
Nothing but a reprehensible slander piece, an exercise in historical revisionism, starting straight from the cover.Published 4 months ago by Barys Chupryn
This telling account of Vatican activities and attitudes leading up to WW2 is a must read; not just for every history buff, but for every Catholic and non-Catholic alike. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lou