Hitler, the War, and the Pope

Hitler, the War, and the Pope

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by Ronald Rychlak
     
 

ISBN-10: 1585710067

ISBN-13: 9781585710065

Pub. Date: 08/28/2000

Publisher: Genesis Press, Incorporated

Perhaps no modern-day leader of the Roman Catholic Church has sparked as much controversy as Pope Pius XII, the Bishop of Rome during World War II. Was he a Nazi sympathizer? Or did he vehemently oppose Hitler's regime? The conflicting opinions about Pius XII's wartime performance indicate not only the complexities of the man, the former Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli, but…  See more details below

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Perhaps no modern-day leader of the Roman Catholic Church has sparked as much controversy as Pope Pius XII, the Bishop of Rome during World War II. Was he a Nazi sympathizer? Or did he vehemently oppose Hitler's regime? The conflicting opinions about Pius XII's wartime performance indicate not only the complexities of the man, the former Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli, but also the difficulty in understanding the Hitler era and the inherent conflict between political posturing and pastoral actions.

With exacting scholarship, Professor Ron Rychlak gives a full exploration of the background facts, including discussions of history, religion, politics, diplomacy, and military tactics. Then come ten fundamental questions concerning Pope Pius XII and the Nazis which are answered with legal analysis and authoritative citation. The epilogue provides a critical examination of John Cornwell's recent book on the same topic, Hitler's Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII.

Readers will come away from this book with a new appreciation for the difficulties, challenges, and choices faced by the Bishop of Rome during a time of almost unfathomable horror.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585710065
Publisher:
Genesis Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.42(h) x 1.31(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Prefacexi
Chapter 1The Papacy and the World1
Chapter 2Hitler and the Post-War World11
Chapter 3The Spread of Nationalism25
Chapter 4The Lateran Treaty35
Chapter 5Hitler's Rise to Power43
Chapter 6World Unrest71
Chapter 7Hitler Battles the Churches75
Chapter 8The Violence Spreads97
Chapter 9Pre-War Pope105
Chapter 101939 and the Outbreak of War115
Chapter 111940 And The Nazis Press On135
Chapter 121941 and New Enemies155
Chapter 131942 and The Final Solution167
Chapter 141943 and Turning Tides181
Chapter 151944 and the Allies Invade213
Chapter 161945 and the End of War231
Chapter 17Post-War Pope239
Chapter 18The Questions and Answers249
Epilogue: Hitler's Pope281
Afterword309
A Note on Citation313
Endnotes315
Bibliography445
Index459

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Hitler, the War, and the Pope 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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A refreshing and much needed examination of primary source material too often overlooked by sensationalists out to advance a deconstructionist ideology, this elegantly written work contributes a great deal to an otherwise vociferously debated subject. Mastering a subject requiring a cool head, a willingness to scour the primary source material and an ability to objectively place the material in an historical context that is complex and challenging, Rychlak is impressive, persuasive and enjoyable. If it is documented fact upon documented fact upon documented fact you want, this is the book.