Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Hitler's pope? A rabbi sets the record straight

Broadcaster and columnist Michael Coren has just reviewed Rabbi David Dalin's The Myth of Hitler's Pope for the Toronto Sun. If you have not yet read the review be sure to check it out. This book should prove to be an important antidote to the vitriol spread by the likes of John Cornwell about one of the twentieth century's great popes, Pius XII.

11 Comments:

Blogger Beasonlopes said...

I saw Rabbi Dalin on C-Span promoting his book. He was a wondeful, engaging speaker who really seemed to know what he was talking about.

The fact that Cornwell's book has gotten so much press and is assumed by so many to be true is truly tragic.

7:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When will there be a posting heralding the fact that, contrary to earlier Vaticanisti predictions, the Cardinal Archbishop of Washington D.C. has been asked by the Pope to stay on?

7:29 AM  
Blogger mariette said...

Ah, Eugenio Pacelli. They don't make men like that anymore. I'm glad for him he didn't live to see these times in the Church. But then - had he lived - we wouldn't be experiencing them.

10:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do none of the books defending Pius XII emphasize his role in cooperating with Hitler to destroy the Jews? All his defenders seem to be writing from a Jew-friendly perspective.

11:52 AM  
Anonymous none as great as PXII said...

" . . . one of the twentieth century's great popes"?

Pray tell, Vaticanisti, who are the others? I mean, beyond Pope Saint Pius X, of course.

Be careful, Vaticanisti. Your answer may determine whether you lose face permanently.

12:20 PM  
Anonymous fem said...

I can't say I agree with the vaticanisti's appraisal of Pius XII as a "great pope."

I mean, beyond his plot to incinerate the Jews, there's just a lot to question in his pontificate. For example, he was a stalwart defender of Latin and continuity in the liturgy, halting liturgical reform for a generation. He had none of the visionary liturgical prowess of Paul VI who rightly saw that all the prayers of the Roman Mass had to be rewritten in accordance with the theological ideas of one passing moment in time, who bravely suppressed the subdiaconate and introduced numerous other unexplained innovations because he loved change for change's sake. Pius XII did not love change for change's sake - I can never forgive him for that. Also, he saw no burning need to call a council that would revisit and rephrase all of Catholic doctrine and reverse those doctrines nobody liked anymore, causing needless scandal to the faithful. He really lacked imagination. Also, the church didn't fall apart under his watch or slip slowly into the bog hopelessness the way it did under great pontiffs like Paul VI and John Paul II. Shouldn't that cause us to question his greatness?

12:31 PM  
Anonymous questioner said...

Are any popes not great popes? Or are all popes great in virtue of being popes? Must we praise all popes? Is there some principle by means of which we can distinguish greater from lesser popes? Cardinal Ratzinger said in "The Salt of the Earth" that some men had become Pope whom the Holy Spirit clearly would not have chosen. Can this statement be reconciled with the greatness of all popes and with Catholic doctrine?

1:18 PM  
Blogger granny redhead said...

Thanks, Vaticanisti.

It's too bad that people who are determined to vilify Pius XII will just dismiss this book as pro-Catholic propaganda.

I'm getting a copy of this book.

4:23 PM  
Anonymous Civitatensis said...

Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I had missed it in August. Cheers,

9:12 AM  
Anonymous A Simple Sinner said...

Funny how when it comes to beating Christ's Church, any stick will do.

While Pope Pius XII is much maligned in the media due to propaganda against him, few talk about Haj Amin Muhammad Al Husseini...

Haj Amin Muhammad Al Husseini was a Turk who was a founder of modern pan-Arab Muslim nationalist movement. He had aspirations of casting off the colonial powers of the Mid-East and ruling a single Muslim nation. He was also an SS General.

That is right, the man who was responsible for the foundations of the PLO, Al Queda, and Baathism held a general's rank in the Nazi Empire overseeing the Bosnian Muslim SS units. He enjoyed a fine apartment in Berlin and broadcast regularly on Nazi Propaganda radio.

When he heard that Axis nations Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary intended to expel the Jews allowing them passage to Palestine, he made certain this move was STOPPED and those Jews ended up in concntration camps.

This REAL connection between Nazis and the PLO (Nazi General Haj Amin Muhammad Al Husseini's nepehw is Yasser Arafat) and his formative influence on certain movements.. well it is well-documented (he would have hung after Nurmeburg, but that would have hurt oil supplies...) but often ignored.

Ven Pius XII? Well accusations leveled against him are mostly baseless, but persist. The connections between a top foreign Nazi and the Baath party and PLO? Well tehy are as buried in the sand as an ostrich's head.

8:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

look at Paul IV and look at Pius XII? Who is most likely in heaven. Ask God, but I won't get nightmares from looking at Pius XII.

6:56 PM  

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