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Lots of Facts, Not Sure about the Conclusions,
This review is from: The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe (Hardcover)
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There probably exists more material and research on the Vatican's relationship with Hitler than with Mussolini. Kertzer's "The Pope and Mussolini" therefor covers ground that is not commonly discussed. It's an interesting book, filled with lots of facts and stories and clearly well researched. What I have an issue with is that until the Second Italo-Abyssinian War, Mussolini was considered to be dictatorial but certainly "mainstream." In a Europe where the Catholic Church was under extensive pressure (in Spain especially), the Fascist government offered stability.
Religions have to make tough choices in countries that are not theocracies. Kertzer's narrative and conclusions seem to think the worst of the Vatican.
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Initial post: Feb 25, 2014 8:13:16 AM PST
R. Bono says:
No there isn't.
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