Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust

Pius the Good; The brief for a much-maligned pope

June 12, 2006

By William Doino Jr. (The Weekly Standard, June 12, 2006) The Myth of Hitler’s Pope: How Pope Pius XII Rescued Jews from the Nazis by David G. Dalin Regnery, 256 pp., $27.95 EVER SINCE THE GERMAN PLAYWRIGHT Rolf Hochhuth produced The Deputy–a long, unwatchable 1963 production that depicted Pope Pius XII as indifferent to the Holocaust–the... [Read more...]

Three Jews and a Pope

June 11, 2006

By Sister Margherita Marchione, Ph.D. (June 2006) Recently, a Jewish group invited me to speak. When I mentioned that my topic would be Pope Pius XII, I was informed that it would not suit their needs: “My chairman thought it would open up the wounds of a few holocaust survivors in our group who lost mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers in the gas... [Read more...]

Revisiting the Pius War

April 30, 2006

Eugene J. FisherCatalyst, April 2006 Patrick J. Gallo, editor, Pius XII, the Holocaust and the Revisionists: Essays. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co, 2006. 218 pages. PB. NP. Sister Margherita Marchione, Crusade of Charity: Pius XII and POW’s (1939-1945).New York: Paulist Press, 2006. 284 pages. Ronald J. Rychlak, Righteous Gentiles: How... [Read more...]

Why We Published the Pius War

April 30, 2005

William Doino, Jr. Catalyst, April 2005 Eight years ago this month, the New Yorker magazine published a spectacularly long article entitled “The Silence.” Written by the resigned priest James Carroll (now a columnist at theBoston Globe), it argued that the doctrine of papal infallibility and the Church’s insistence “upon the... [Read more...]

Pius XII and the Holocaust: A Reader

December 23, 2004

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New Anti-Pius XII Book by an Old Critic

May 1, 2004

Ronald J. Rychlak Catalyst, May 2004 During World War II and for years after it ended, Pope Pius XII was heralded as a staunch opponent of the Nazis and a champion of their victims. Then in 1963, as the result of a piece of fiction written by German playwright Rolf Hochhuth, a controversy arose about whether the Pope had been sufficiently outspoken... [Read more...]

New Vatican Archival Evidence Vindicates Pope Pius XII

November 30, 2003

By Sister Margherita Marchione, Ph.D. (From Catalyst, November 2003) The following article, written by Sister Margherita Marchione, discusses new evidence from the Vatican Archives that shows the heroism of Pope Pius XII. Sister Margherita is no stranger to Catholic League members: we have published many of her articles on Pius XII. And she is... [Read more...]

Popular Thriller Reprises Pius XII Slanders

July 31, 2003

By Kenneth D. Whitehead (book review from Catalyst July-August 2003) Daniel Silva, The Confessor, New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2003. HB; 401 pages. $29.95. What Notre Dame philosophy professor Ralph McInerny has aptly called “the defamation of Pius XII”—in his excellent book with that title—has unfortunately been so widely... [Read more...]

The Assault on Christianity: Daniel Goldhagen’s A Moral Reckoning

February 10, 2003

By Ronald Rychlak, Ph.D. (The American Conservative, February 10, 2003) In 1999, John Cornwell fired the first round in a new assault on the papacy, the Catholic Church, and ultimately Christianity itself with his book, Hitler’s Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII. Cornwell’s thesis was that Pope Pius XII, who led the Catholic Church from 1939... [Read more...]

History as Bigotry: Daniel Goldhagen slanders the Catholic Church

February 2, 2003

By Rabbi David Dalin (The Weekly Standard, 2/10/2003) IN ITS JANUARY 21, 2002, ISSUE, the New Republic devoted twenty-four pages to Daniel Jonah Goldhagen’s “What Would Jesus Have Done?”–one of the most virulent attacks against the Roman Catholic Church ever printed in a major American publication. Last fall, Goldhagen... [Read more...]

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