The Pius War: Responses to the Critics of Pius XII (Paperback)David G. Dalin (editor), Joseph Bottum (author of contributions,editor), John S. Conway (author of contributions), Rainer Decker (author of contributions), William Doino Jr (author of contributions), Kevin M. Doyle (author of contributions), Russell Hittinger (author of contributions), John Jay Hughes (author of contributions), Justus George Lawler (author of contributions)
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Publisher: Lexington Books
Number of pages: 268
Weight: 426 g
Dimensions: 231 x 154 x 21 mm
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
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