As historians correct a faulty narrative, their work receives less fanfare than Pius’s detractors, but they have brought light to a contentious issue.
Ronald J. Rychlak
He treated people with respect but was not afraid to challenge a superior. John Paul II said of Gumpel that at last someone had the courage to be honest with him.
PERCEIVING THE FACE OF THE OTHER
Jason M. Morgan
The subsidiarity of the body is a testament to the theology of the body; it says that the human body is a marvel fit to host the human soul.
Mary McWay Seaman
A review of Church of Spies: The Pope's Secret War Against Hitler
A PORTRAIT OF COURAGE AT GREAT COST
Mindszenty was a Christian voice crying for freedom and liberation from behind the Iron Curtain at the height of the Cold War. The West barely heard his voice.
William Doino Jr.
Lapomarda has a true historian's ability to synthesize a vast array of material and keenly assess it for the reader's edification.
THE SECRET HISTORY BEHIND THE ONGOING CAMPAIGN
Ion Mihai Pacepa & Ronald J. Rychlak
The false charge that Pius was "Hitler's Pope" was designed to discredit not just a Pope, but the Church, Christianity, Western values, and even the very idea of religion.
SELECTIVE MEMORY, COLLECTIVE GUILT
Paul Michael Ferguson
To honor Pius XII would be to honor the Catholic Church. Doing so would render nonsensical the placement of the Church among the Complicit.
A CATHOLIC FRONT FOR COMMUNIST AGITATION
The change in Pius XII's reputation was not an organic result of honest inquiry. Something else was at play.
STEPINAC, TITO & USTASHE
John Paul II called Archbishop Stepinac "one of the outstanding figures of the Catholic Church," who endured "the atrocities of the Communist system."
Vincent A. Lapomarda
The Pope realized that the Church would not have been able to save as many Jews as she did had he not been concerned with saving Rome.
Pius XII's first radio message to the world was: "Peace, gift of God, desired by all upright men, the fruit of love and justice." His appeals were not heeded.
The beatification process of Pope Pius XII should present no insurmountable obstacle to friendly Catholic-Jewish relations or Vatican-Israel alliances. But some don't see it that way.
Anne Barbeau Gardiner
Atheists of all stripes -- criminals, socialists, communists, and SS agents -- joined forces in Dachau to persecute Catholic priests.
Kurzman makes clear that the Nazis meant to crush Christianity and replace it with a new Nazi religion of the state.
Pius XII spoke out on many issues of moral concern and of public policy. He was a highly respected 20th-century Church leader.
SQUARELY AGAINST HITLERISM
Charles J. Gangi
Starting at Christmas 1939, Pius XII issued a Christmas Eve broadcast in which he attacked the ideologies of those who had brought the war to mankind.
Joseph P. Bonchonsky
That fewer than 500 fanatic atheist Communists succeeded in overthrowing a deeply Christian nation is a lesson to be remembered.
PIUS XII & YAD VASHEM
A considerable body of scholarly opinion maintains that Pius XII is responsible for saving 500,000 to 800,000 Jewish lives.
THE VATICAN: GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT?
Critics of Pope Pius XII's actions during the Holocaust put the Vatican in a position where it has to prove its innocence against every allegation.
That Pius XII allegedly failed to speak out "unequivocally" in defense of the Jews is a theme that constantly emerges as an unproven assumption.
Review of Hitler, the War, and the Pope
Dimitri A. Cavalli
Review of Pius XII and the Second World War: According to the Archives of the Vatican
THE HOLY SEE VS. THE THIRD REICH
Pius guided the Church with a combination of caution, courage, and compassion. In so doing, he lessened suffering, saved many lives, and even helped the Allies win.
OUR FALSE SENSE OF MORAL SUPERIORITY
Kevin M. Doyle
- Karl Keating