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Hitler, the War, and the Pope Paperback – September 1, 2000
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This sympathetic portrait of Pope Pius XII serves as a direct rebuttal to John Cornwall's recently published Hitler's Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII (1999), a scathing indictment of the controversial pontiff's wartime record. After placing the beleaguered pope's actions firmly into historical context, Rychlak concludes that Pius did everything within his limited scope of power to condemn Hitler and to save Jews without endangering even more innocent lives. Although this respectful, painstakingly researched account of an undoubtedly compassionate and well-intentioned holy man mired in incomprehensibly difficult circumstances provides a wealth of thoughtfully outlined rationalizations, it fails in its mission to completely convince doubters that Pius XII could not have taken a more heroic public stand against Nazism. Margaret Flanagan
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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In this extensive revision, Ronald J. Rychlak plumbs the depths of the Vatican s internal report on Pius XII as well as investigates recent charges that Soviet counter intelligence was involved in a plan to discredit Pius XII.
He also takes on all the various charges against Pius XII from John Cornwell, James Carroll, Susan Zuccotti, and others. No serious charge is left unrebutted.
Mr. Rychlak is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association Professor of Law at the University of Mississippi School of Law. Mr. Rychlak has received three medals from the Holy See for his diplomatic service, and he advises the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations. His most recent book is Righteous Gentiles: How Pius XII and the Catholic Church Saved Half a Million Jews from the Nazis. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Push the XII is indeed a worthy candidate for sainthood. His bravery, deep faith and humility shine forth in this exhaustively researched and well written biography.
Finally, we have a book that lays these falsehoods to rest. The original praise that Pius received from the war time and post war time press and from the Jewish community has been proven to be accurate.
This is a must read for anyone interested in understanding the complex position of the Catholic Church during one of mankind's most difficult periods. (One must always remember, the Catholic Church is not just one entity controlled by the Vicar of Christ but a multifaceted collection of human beings who at times fail to live up to the example of Christ, much as Peter did in the garden.) The book shows that while not all Catholics or Catholic priests were true to their faith Pius the XII was. The revionist view that began as a fictional play by Rolf Hochhuth in 1963 became accepted fact. At last the truth has been spoken!
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