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The Latest From the “Pius Wars” Front
Catholic World Report ^ | 1/31/13 | Michael Coren

Posted on 02/01/2013 8:50:34 AM PST by marshmallow

The new book, Soldier of Christ, published by Harvard University Press, is a definitive biography of Pope Pius XII.

There’s a running joke in Canada about our charming sense of delicate hubris. A Toronto newspaper headline wryly proclaims: “Man Lands on Moon. Boots made in Montreal!” In other words, we’re only 30 million strong and we’re invariably mistaken for quiet Americans, and so when we do achieve something remarkable, even of a minimal variety, we like people to know.

Which is why the world needs to know that what will now be the standard life of Pope Pius XII—the definitive biography of the wartime pontiff at least for the present—has just appeared. And it was written by a Canadian academic. It’s true that Harvard University Press published the book, but Robert A. Ventresca is a professor at King’s College at Western University in London, Ontario. And his new volume, Soldier of Christ: The Life of Pope Pius XII is a splendid work.

It won’t be the last word in the “Pius wars”, of course, but it is one of the best. It depicts a profoundly good and devout man who, contrary to what the critics have claimed, had absolutely no personal animus against Jewish people, was active in the struggle against Nazism, and was clearly and transparently the victim of a concerted attempt to libel him and by extension the Papacy, the Church, and serious Catholicism. Ventresca does agree that were times, both before and during the war, when Pius could have been more specific in mentioning Jewish targets of Nazi eugenics and oppression, but that’s about as severe as the censorship goes.

I’ve obsessed about this issue for some years, partly out of familial and emotional necessity, in that I am a Catholic whose father was Jewish.

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TOPICS: Catholic; History
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1 posted on 02/01/2013 8:50:39 AM PST by marshmallow
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And the usual anti-Catholic propagandists around FR just by coincidence started spreading the same old lies about the Catholic Church helping Nazis in WWII right before this new book is going to be released.

If someone didn’t know better they’d think there was a close connection between those on FR who constantly attack the Catholic Church and the larger leftist media organizations who keep track of what the attack strategy of the month should be.

2 posted on 02/01/2013 12:59:27 PM PST by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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