Hitler, the War and the Pope by Ronald Rychlak

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Was Pope Pius XII a Nazi Sympathizer?

For almost fifty years, a controversy has raged about Pope Pius XII. Was the Pope who had shepherded the Church through World War II a Nazi sympathizer? Was he, as some have dared call him, Hitler's pope? Did he do nothing to help the Jewish people in the grips of the Holocaust?

In a thoroughly researched and meticulously documented analysis of the historical record, Ronald Rychlak has gotten past the anger and emotion and uncovered the truth about Pius XII. Not only does he refute the accusations against the Pope, but for the first time documents how the slanders against him had their roots in a Soviet Communist campaign to discredit him and, by extension, the Church.

"Let those who doubt but read Rychlak, follow his exquisitely organized courtroon-like arguments. What Professor Rychlak brings to the forum are facts, not rhetoric; dates, not conjecture; evidence, not slander.... The world owes Ronald Rychlak a debt for bringing the truth to light." -- Rabbi Eric A. Silver

"In his well-crafted pages...the portrait that emerges is one of an extraordinary pastor facing extremely vexing circumstances, of a holy man vying against an evil man, of a human being trying to save the lives of other human beings, of a light shining in the darkness." -- John Cardinal O'Connor (1920-2000) Archbishop of New York (from the Foreword to the first edition)

"I have read many books on Pius XII, and this is by far the most dispassionate in laying out the context, relevant facts, accusations, and evidence pro and con. The book is highly engaging because it is filled with so many little-known facts. The research has been prodigious. Yet the presentation is as down-to-earth as it would have to be in a courtroom.... This is a wonderfully realistic book." -- Michael Novak, George Frederick Jewett Scholar in Religion, Philosophy, and Public Policy, American Enterprise Institute

 

About Ronald Rychlak

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Rychlak is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at University of Mississippi School of Law where he has taught since 1987. He teaches courses and seminars in Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Gaming Law, and Environmental Law. Prior to joining the faculty, Ron was with the Chciago law firm of Jenner & Block, and he served as law cleark to the Hon. Harry W. Wellford, of the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. He received his JD from Vanderbilt University and BA from Wabash College.
 
Published May 27, 2010 by Our Sunday Visitor. 626 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, War, Travel. Non-fiction

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Ever since the appearance of Rolf Hochhuth's play The Deputy in 1963, the role of Pope Pius XII during the WWII has been a subject of heated controversy, a controversy that has intensified in recent years as the Vatican proceeds with the investigation that may eventually lead to his beatificatio...

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Examiner

Sixty-five years since the conclusion of the Second World War, historians are still grappling with the manner in which Pope Pius XII was involved, behind the scenes to alleviate this global tragedy.

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Sixty-five years since the conclusion of the Second World War, historians are still grappling with the manner in which Pope Pius XII was involved, behind the scenes to alleviate this global tragedy.

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Project MUSE

Then comes an epilogue, a chapter in which the author analyzes and offers valid criticism of the book which bore the title Hitler's Pope--which carried the record-breaking falsehood in a world where falsehood abounded -- a reference to the Pope's "collusion" with Hitler's anti-Semitism!

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