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The Pius War : Responses to the Critics of Pius XII - Joseph Bottum

The Pius War

Responses to the Critics of Pius XII

By: Joseph Bottum (Editor), David G. Dalin (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st January 2004
ISBN: 9780739109069
Number Of Pages: 268

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In the brutal fight that has raged in recent years over the reputation of Pope Pius XII_leader of the Catholic Church during World War II, the Holocaust, and the early years of the Cold War_the task of defending the Pope has fallen primarily to reviewers. These reviewers formulated a brilliant response to the attack on Pius, but their work was scattered in various newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals_making it nearly impossible for the average reader to gauge the results. In The Pius War, Weekly Standard's Joseph Bottum has joined with Rabbi David G. Dalin to gather a representative and powerful sample of these reviews, deliberately chosen from a wide range of publications. Together with a team of professors, historians, and other experts, the reviewers conclusively investigate the claims attacking Pius XII. The Pius War, and a detailed annotated bibliography that follows, will prove to be a definitive tool for scholars and students_destined to become a major resource for anyone interested in questions of Catholicism, the Holocaust, and World War II.

The Pius War will likely remain the definitive answer to the slew of malicious and misleading books that have in recent decades assailed Pius XII for his 'silence,' or worse, during the period of Hitler and the Holocaust. The Pius War will likely be an important resource in advancing the cause of Pius XII towarde his canonization. * First Things *
Stouthearted courage and vast wisdom are vital in those who come to denounce the grievous defamation of a good man. The result is The Pius War, this compelling book that deals a devastating blow to those who claim to be combating anti-Semitism yet descend into deceit, hate, and anti-Christianism. Read it and find yourself stirred to indignation at how the smear of secularism stained a righteous reputation, and be inspired by these brave authors who herein right a historic wrong. -- Rabbi Daniel Lapin, President, Toward Tradition
The contributors to this important volume have made judicious arguments in defense of the actions of Pope Pius XII before, during, and after the Holocaust. These arguments deserve an equally judicious hearing from non-Catholics - especially from Jews - who need to know how they are to judge this pope when they remember an unforgettable event in their own history and in the history of the West. Catholics, too, need to make equally judicious use of these arguments in their own deliberations about the possible canonization of Pius XII. -- David Novak, University of Toronto
This volume provides a valuable corrective to the over the top 'Pope bashing' so prevalent in politically correct academic circles. Taken as a whole the contributors' critique of the recent attacks on Pope Pius XII's conduct during World War II offers a compelling case for the defense. The annotated bibliography of the dispute is an indispensable vade mecum for future scholars. -- Marshall Breger, Catholic University of America
Rabbi David Dalin's omnibus review in the February 26, 2001, Weekly Standard . . . opened and changed my mind. To see it here at the center of this fine collection, buttressed by William Doino's astonishing bibliography, is a great pleasure. David Dalin and Joseph Bottum are indeed friends of truth. -- David Klinghoffer, author of The Discovery of God: Abraham and the Birth of Monotheism and Why the Jews Rejected Jesus: The Turning Point in Wester
The Pius War . . . is one of the best volumes to emerge from the controversy so far. . . . This is a tour de force of scholarship, and highly readable to boot. -- Michael Potemra, National Review * National Review *
[An] outstanding new collection of defences of Pius. * Literary Review, (U.K.) *
Henceforth, any scholar interested in writing the definitive biography of Pope Pius XII must deal with this work. * New Oxford Review *
This collection is to be strongly recommended both to specialists in the field and a lay audience. * The Catholic Historical Review *
During the Second World War, the New York Times praised Pope Pius XII as 'a lonely voice crying out of the silence of a continent.' After the war, Grand Rabbi Isaac Herzog of Jerusalem sent the Pope a special blessing for 'his life-saving efforts on behalf of the Jews.' Upon the death of Pius XII, Golda Meir observed that 'during the years of Nazi terror, when the Jewish people went through the horrors of martyrdom, the Pope raised his voice to condemn the persecutors and to commiserate with the victims.' Yet, since the publication of socialist writer Rolf Hochhuth's play Der Stellvertreter in 1963, the Pope's reputation has suffered. Many people believe that he was "silent" in the face of German atrocities, and some even go so far as to suggest that he harbored sympathy for the Nazis. Had the editors of the New York Times, Grand Rabbi Herzog, and Prime Minister Meir all been duped? The authors of The Pius War make the case that the praise Pius received during and after the war was, in fact, well deserved. Far from being "Hitler's Pope," as his most extreme critics have labeled him, Pius XII did what he could, in extraordinarily difficult circumstances, to aid the victims of Nazi terror-Jews and Christians alike. Who is right? Fair-minded people will want to read authors on both sides of the debate before settling their minds. Those who have read the well-publicized works of Pius's critics will find much to ponder in this collection of patient and thoughtful writings in his defense. -- Robert P. George, Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School; McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University

Introductionp. 1
Pius XII and the Jewsp. 13
Dismantling the Crossp. 25
A Dangerous Thing to Dop. 33
A New Syllabus of Errorsp. 41
Desperately Seeking Culpritsp. 47
The Land of What Ifp. 53
Something Deeply Shamefulp. 59
How Not to Deal with Historyp. 67
To Avoid Worse Evilsp. 77
Bigotry's New Lowp. 83
Pius XII and the Nazisp. 89
An Annotated Bibliography of Works on Pius XII, the Second World War, and the Holocaustp. 97
Introductionp. 97
Primary Sourcesp. 98
The Papacy Before Pius XIIp. 109
The Papacy of Pius XIIp. 123
Major Attackersp. 158
Major Defendersp. 184
The Defense of Pius XIIp. 211
Pius XII and the National Churchesp. 243
About the Contributorsp. 281
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ISBN: 9780739109069
ISBN-10: 0739109065
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 1st January 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.93 x 15.55  x 2.62
Weight (kg): 0.54