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Hitler, the War and the Pope Hardcover – 1 Jun 2000
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Let those who doubt but read Rychlak, follow his exquisitely organized courtroom-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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Professor Ronald J. Rychlak is Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Mississippi, School of Law, where he has been on the faculty since 1987. He is a graduate of Wabash College (BA, 1980, cum laude) and Vanderbilt University (JD, 1983, Order of the Coif). Prior to joining the faculty, Ron practiced law with Jenner & Block in Chicago, and he served as a clerk to Hon. Harry W. Wellford of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ron is an advisor to the Holy See's delegation to the United Nations, a member of the committee appointed by the Mississippi Supreme Court to revise that state's criminal code, on the editorial board of The Gaming Law Review, and a member of the Mississippi Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. He also serves as the university's Faculty Athletic Representative to the NCAA/SEC. In 2004, the U.S. State Department sent Ron to Paris to address the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe regarding the importance of free speech on the Internet. In 2005 he was named as an Academic Fellow by the Foundation for the Defense of the Democracies, and he attended an associated program on counter-terrorism in Israel. In 2005 and 2006 he was involved in international diplomatic talks regarding peace in the Middle-East. In 2008, the Archdiocese of Zagreb presented him with a Blessed Cardinal Stepinac medal for his historical work. Ron is the author or co-author of six books, including Real and Demonstrative Evidence: Applications and Theory (1995, 2nd ed., 2003). Lawyers Weekly USA called that book a very valuable resource for lawyers looking to stay on top of their changing world. Crisis magazine called his book, Hitler, the War, and the Pope the magisterial volume on the subject. Ron is a columnist for InsideCatholic.com, and he has been published in Notre Dame Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Boston College Law Review, Environmental Law (Lewis & Clark Law School), The Stanford Environmental Law Journal, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and several other periodicals and journals. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi with his wife, Claire, and their six children. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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If anyone still doubts the saintly efforts of Pius XII during this terrible time in history, in the face of the extensive evidence provided by the author in this book, they must have an agenda to discredit the Pope.
As a researcher myself for over 40 years, I can appreciate the endless hours the author spent in finding, evaluating, and presenting in a readable manner, all the data presented in this book.
It was also enlightening to learn the extensive details of the persecution of the Catholic faithful and their clergy that occurred during that time.
One caution: because of all the information presented, along with the extensive appendices and bibliography, I found it best to read one chapter at a setting to be able to digest it all.
I highly recommend this book.
Push the XII is indeed a worthy candidate for sainthood. His bravery, deep faith and humility shine forth in this exhaustively researched and well written biography.
Finally, we have a book that lays these falsehoods to rest. The original praise that Pius received from the war time and post war time press and from the Jewish community has been proven to be accurate.
This is a must read for anyone interested in understanding the complex position of the Catholic Church during one of mankind's most difficult periods. (One must always remember, the Catholic Church is not just one entity controlled by the Vicar of Christ but a multifaceted collection of human beings who at times fail to live up to the example of Christ, much as Peter did in the garden.) The book shows that while not all Catholics or Catholic priests were true to their faith Pius the XII was. The revionist view that began as a fictional play by Rolf Hochhuth in 1963 became accepted fact. At last the truth has been spoken!
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