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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.
Theres 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, were only 30 million strong and were 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 XIIthe definitive biography of the wartime pontiff at least for the presenthas just appeared. And it was written by a Canadian academic. Its true that Harvard University Press published the book, but Robert A. Ventresca is a professor at Kings 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 wont 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 thats about as severe as the censorship goes.
Ive 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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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.