Papacy, the Jews, and the Holocaust

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Overview

"The papacy has long played a crucial role in western civilization. To many, its history and theology have seemed steeped in hostility toward the Jews. In the post-World War II era, the initial focus was on Pope Pius XII's stance during the Holocaust; it soon expanded, however, to the broader question of the papacy and the Jews. The present work transcends the thicket of controversy and provides a historical account of the relationship between the papacy and the Jews in the modern age, and the interaction between clerical anti-Judaism and secular anti-Semitism. In light of the polemical debate this subject has aroused during the past half century, this is no small task. In this work, author and historian Frank J. Coppa once again proves a capable guide to exploring the issues." This work not only examines Rome's reaction during the fascist period but delves into the broader historical development and the impact of theological anti-Judaism. Coppa contends that developments are seldom, if ever, driven by a single force but flow from a multiplicity of factors. While some considerations are more important that others, their significance is to be determined by historical inquiry rather than imposed by preconception. He untangles these developments in this masterly work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813215471
  • Publisher: Catholic University of America Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 373
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : the papacy and the Jews between history and polemic
1 Papal anti-Judaism in theory and practice over the millennia 1
2 Anti-Judaism in the church : from the French Revolution to the mid-nineteenth century 41
3 Pio Nono and the Jews : from reform to reaction, 1846-1878 77
4 Anti-Judaism in an age of anti-semitism, 1878-1922 107
5 Pius XI and the Jews in an age of dictators, 1922-1939 142
6 The "silence" of Pius XII and his crusade against communism 180
7 John XXIII, Paul VI, and Vatican II : Aggiornamento and the new relationship between Catholics and Jews 219
8 Apology and reconciliation : John Paul II confronts the church's anti-Judaic past and the Holocaust 255
Conclusion : the papacy and the Jews, past and present 296
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