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Hell hath no fury than when Matthew Fox is scorned!
on 29 July 2015
Matthew Fox has spat his dummy and clearly shows his ire in this book in which he rails against anyone and everyone he crossed-swords with during his time as a member of the Dominican Order especially saving his vitriol for three people, the first being Jose Maria Escriver de Balaguer the founder of Opus Dei, which incidentally is NOT a 'sect' as referred to somewhat sarcastically by Michael Walsh one of Fox's most devoted acolytes but is recognised as an institution of the Roman Catholic Church. Fox calls the former Monsignor, now a Saint, 'sordid'? Secondly he shows his obvious contempt for Saint John Paul ll but he appears to absolutely hate previous Pope Benedict XV1, Joseph Ratzinger with a vengeance.Unlike other reviewers of this book I do NOT find it so interesting, mainly because it is so biased. How or why Fox remained with the Order for so long simply beggars belief considering his dislike for so many people?
I had difficulty in accepting many of the claims made by Fox and others, most of which were cleverly and I think deliberately ambiguous thus preventing the reader from being able to 'check' much of the information and facts stated although SOME were outrageously incorrect BUT included nonetheless.After all, who wants the truth to spoil a good story? For one of the best examples of this, I quote from an Italian Jewess who alleged in 1995 'I came back from Auschwitz on my own.I lost my mother,two sisters,a niece, and one brother. Pius Xll could have warned us what was going to happen.We might have escaped from Rome and joined the partisans.He played right into the Germans' hands. It all happened right under his nose.But he was an anti-semitic Pope, a pro-German Pope.He didn't take a single risk. And when they say the Pope is like Jesus Christ, it is not true.He did not save a single child.Nothing'.I disagree completely! Pope Pius Xll directed that the Catholic Church MUST provide discreet assistance to Jews and others, hiding them in monasteries, churches, schools, convents - even in the Vatican and Castel Gandolfo and as a result hundreds of thousands of lives were saved. He personally maintained links with the 'Anti-Nazi' German Resistance, also sharing intelligence with the allies, who actually believed his condemnation of the 'genocide' was weak although the Nazis saw him as a sympathiser of the allies and castigated him for NOT remaining neutral.Pius Xll received MANY plaudits from Jewish leaders both during and after the war. Both Ratzinger and his predecessor saw that the 'Liberation Theology' that Fox wanted to practice within the Roman Catholic Church had Marxist leanings and forbade it. Too much unnecessary bile.