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4.0 out of 5 stars Vatican could end controversy by opening documents, November 30, 2001
This review is from: Unholy Trinity: The Vatican, The Nazis, and The Swiss Banks (Paperback)
In tackling such a paramount topic that will offend the core of many people's religious beliefs and its institution, Aaron and Loftus have stirred up a torrent of controversy with this book. ...
Obviously, for a reader to believe whether Aarons and Loftus' claims are valid, they will have to read the book for themselves.
I first heard about this book from an associate professor of genocide studies at a major US college who highly recommended it because of the authors' extensiveness in their research.
As I began reading the book, I noticed Aarons and Loftus footnoted any important piece of information and have over 60 pages of end notes in the back of the book for documentation. It is unfortunate they could not document more from the Vatican itself but because the papal state chooses to not open its files, this controversy will keep continuing. And considering it just opened files on the Spanish Inquisition a few years ago, I doubt any of us will be around when the Vatican finally divulges the truth on this disturbing piece of history. Many people will object to this book but their anger should be directed at the Vatican, who could end this controversy by opening its files. If there's nothing to hide, then why aren't the documents available to an impartial researcher, unlike Father Graham?
Aaron and Loftus break "Unholy Trinity," into two major sections, part one being "The Church's War Against Communism," and the second "Communism's War Against the Church."
The first section is on how bishops like Hudal and Draganovic harbored war criminals and smuggled them to safety in South America. It also goes into detail on the Ustashi and Croatian thug Ante Pavelic and his "Catholic Holocaust," on muslim and orthodox followers in the Balkans.
The second part is on the spylines the Communists had setup throughout Europe, unbeknownst to the OSS, MI5 and the Vatican. Aarons and Loftus take just as many shots at Great Britain and the US (especially Allan Dulles) as they do the Vatican in this section.
Although the book is subtitled, "The Vatican, the Nazis, and the Swiss Banks," there is nothing on the money aspect of the scheme and the swiss banks' involvement until the updated Conclusions chapter at the very end.
I gave this book four stars because it helped answer some of my questions involving the Vatican's role with war criminals and unlike many conspiracy books, it gives documented proof on its evidence. But not all questions were answered and probably won't be in my lifetime. Also, the book is very dry and is tough to get through in some sections. Not that I expected it to read like Tom Clancy but the reader can tell that the authors have backgrounds in journalism and law with their writing style.
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