- Gebundene Ausgabe: 304 Seiten
- Verlag: Paulist Pr; Auflage: Ill (September 1999)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0809105039
- ISBN-13: 978-0809105038
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,1 x 2,5 x 23,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 7 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 3.560.674 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Pius XII and the Second World War: According to the Archives of the Vatican (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – September 1999
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In 1964, Pope Paul VI ordered the Vatican diplomatic archives covering the period of World War II opened, and they were eventually published in 12 volumes. Blet taught history at the Pontificia Academia Ecclesiastica for 17 years, and here constructs from those records an account of what is widely perceived as Pius XII's silence at the time about t
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Lawrence J. Johnson is the former executive secretary of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions and the former editor/director of The Pastoral Press. He has written several books on the liturgy and its music, including The Mystery of Faith: A Study of the Structural Elements of the Order of the Mass.
This book is factual -- but not analytical, historical, or contextual. As a result, a reader bogs down in detail. The book does a good job of showing the tiny details that made up the Vatican's work against Hitler and for peace. The book lacks a critical overview.
Given that it is clear and demonstrable that the Vatican was for peace in World War II, the next question is one of effectiveness. Pius was a diplomat. This book does not explore whether a diplomat was the proper and best Church leader during this troubled time.
It is sad that there is any need for this debate, over whether the Vatican helped Jews "to the best of it's ability". The answer is of course, yes and no! No human organization is perfect.
A better question is, did Pius do his best as a man -- and the answer is yes, as this book proves -- and did he do his best as a Pope -- and the answer is no, because his skills and talents were not those of a moral leader, or a symbolically attuned leader. When the Church needed a John Paul II, they instead had a quiet force for good. Sometimes that is enough; here it might have been, barely, for many hundreds of thousands saved by the Church. But it was not enough for millions of others, who were not saved, and probably could not have been short of American armored divisions. That is an unsatisfying answer, but a true one.
This book builds details, in layers, like a bird building a nest. It is a frustrating book to read.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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To the reader unfamiliar with the complexity of Holocaust and Catholic history Fr Blet's book could appear helpful. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 15. Juli 2000 von Paul O'Shea
This is a sober, well-documented study of the efforts of Pius XII to save thousands of Jewish lives. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 13. März 2000 von george todd