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Why We Published The Pius War

By | April 22nd, 2005|Categories: The Church and the Holocaust, White Papers and Essays|

by William Doino, Jr. (Catalyst 4/2005) 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 the Boston Globe), it argued that the doctrine of papal infallibility and the Church's insistence "upon the primacy of Jesus as a means to salvation" [...]

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New Anti-Pius XII Book by an Old Critic

By | May 22nd, 2004|Categories: The Church and the Holocaust, White Papers and Essays|

by Ronald Rychlak (Catalyst 5/2004) 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 [...]

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Popular Thriller Reprises Pius XII Slanders

By | July 22nd, 2003|Categories: The Church and the Holocaust, White Papers and Essays|

by Kenneth D. Whitehead (Catalyst 7/2003) 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 successful in the culture at large that many people simply take [...]

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Bigotry’s New Low: The New Republic’s Taunt

By | March 22nd, 2003|Categories: The Church and the Holocaust, White Papers and Essays|

by Michael Novak (Catalyst 3/2002) The government of the United States, George Washington wrote to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport in 1790, "gives to bigotry no sanction." But now The New Republic does. "The anti-Semitism of the intellectuals," Peter Vierek once shrewdly remarked, "is anti-Catholicism." In its January 21 issue, The New Republichas sunk into the swamp of bigotry [...]

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A “Moral” Crusade Against Catholicism

By | January 22nd, 2003|Categories: The Church and the Holocaust, White Papers and Essays|

by Bronwen McShea (review of Daniel Goldhagen's A Moral Reckoning, Catalyst 1/2003) Daniel J. Goldhagen’s latest book, A Moral Reckoning: The Role of the Catholic Church in the Holocaust and its Unfulfilled Duty of Repair, purports to be a much-needed “moral philosophical” contribution to a troubled field of scholarship. Standing on the shoulders of other critics of [...]

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Of Stereotypes and Heroes

By | July 22nd, 2002|Categories: The Church and the Holocaust, White Papers and Essays|

by Richard C. Lukas (Catalyst 7/2002) Nowhere is the politicization of history and its practitioners more evident than in the recent writings of a number of historians of the Holocaust era. The temptations of glitz, glamour and money seem to have influenced some historians to sensationalize their subjects to get noticed by the media. Instead of [...]

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Fr. Pierre Blet, S.J.: Pius XII and the Second World War: According to the Archives of the Vatican

By | January 22nd, 2002|Categories: The Church and the Holocaust, White Papers and Essays|

by Sr. Margherita Marchione, M.P.F. (Catalyst 1/2002) An extraordinary new book, a scholarly compedium of vital historical documents, Pius XII and the Second World War: According to the Archives of the Vatican (Paulist Press, 1999) by Father Pierre Blet, S.J., greatly expands our knowledge of what Pope Pius XII did to help victims of Nazi oppression in Europe [...]

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David Kertzer: The Popes Against the Jews

By | December 23rd, 2001|Categories: The Church and the Holocaust, The Papacy, White Papers and Essays|

by Ronald Rychlak (Catalyst 12/2001) A couple of years ago, when critics charged that Pope Pius XII had shown a callous indifference to the plight of the Jews, the common refrain was that if only he had been more outspoken on behalf of the Jews, like his predecessors, thousands of more lives might have been saved. [...]

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David Kertzer: The Popes Against the Jews

By | December 22nd, 2001|Categories: The Church and the Holocaust, White Papers and Essays|

by Ronald Rychlak (Catalyst 12/2001) A couple of years ago, when critics charged that Pope Pius XII had shown a callous indifference to the plight of the Jews, the common refrain was that if only he had been more outspoken on behalf of the Jews, like his predecessors, thousands of more lives might have been saved. [...]

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Pope Pius XII Study Group: A Wasted Opportunity

By | September 22nd, 2001|Categories: The Church and the Holocaust, White Papers and Essays|

by Ronald Rychlak (Catalyst 9/2001) The self-destruction of the Catholic-Jewish Pope Pius XII study group came as little surprise to those who had been following its progress closely. From the very beginning, several members of that group rejected their mandate and instead sought to force a change in Vatican archival policy. When the Vatican stood its [...]

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