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By John Rivera and By John Rivera,Sun Staff | November 3, 2002
A Moral Reckoning: The Role of the Catholic Church in the Holocaust and its Unfulfilled Duty of Repair, by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen. Alfred A. Knopf. 352 pages. $25. Over the last several years, there has been a run of books examining the conduct of the Roman Catholic Church during the Holocaust, much of it focusing on the apparent silence of Pope Pius XII in the face of genocide. Many of these works have added valuable insight and historical documentation to what critics hold is a sad chapter in the church's history.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | March 1, 2013
As 11 American Roman Catholic cardinals join with their colleagues in Rome to elect the successor to Pope Benedict XVI, it is interesting to note that three cardinals who visited Baltimore during the last century were eventually elected pope. The first to visit Baltimore was Cardinal Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli, who was then Papal secretary of state. The future Pope Pius XII paid what The Baltimore Sun called a "fleeting visit" on Oct. 21, 1936. "The occasion marked the first time a Papal Secretary of State ever has visited the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Prime See of the United States," reported the newspaper.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | September 26, 1999
Those who knew Eugenio Pacelli describe him as a man of asceticism, piety and humility.Such is the Vatican's confidence in the saintliness of the man who as Pope Pius XII presided over the Roman Catholic Church during the Second World War that the process of his beatification is nearing completion.But a book by British author John Cornwell paints quite a different picture.In "Hitler's Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII," Cornwell, a practicing Catholic, depicts Pius as a man with "a secret antipathy toward the Jews" who was silent during the Holocaust.
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By Josh Getlin and Josh Getlin,Los Angeles Times | August 12, 2007
There comes a moment in life when the weight of memory and emotion can lead to action. For Saul Friedlander, that moment arrived when he stumbled upon a misfiled Nazi document in Bonn, during research for a book on U.S.-German relations before World War II. During 1941, as news of Hitler's atrocities began spreading, Pope Pius XII had warmly invited the Berlin Opera to perform selections from Wagner at the Vatican, according to a formerly secret telegram...
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By William Pfaff | October 25, 1999
PARIS -- The account of Pope Pius XII's career set out in John Cornwell's new biography, sensationally titled "Hitler's Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII," raises again the problem of how to understand the past when the "relevant" past means next to nothing to readers today.The promotion of Mr. Cornwell's book focuses on its accusation that Pius XII was anti-Semitic. This is, in fact, the least interesting thing Mr. Cornwell has to say.After all, nearly all the secular notables of the period, including Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt, were in one way or another anti-Semitic.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | August 15, 2001
It was just a year and a half ago that Pope John Paul II uttered his historic prayer of repentance in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, asking God for forgiveness for sins committed by Christians against Jews. Two weeks later, the pope prayed at the Western Wall in Jerusalem and, before leaving, placed a copy of that repentance plea in a crevice. The two events were profound symbols of how far, after centuries of acrimony and persecution, the Roman Catholic Church had come in its relationship to Judaism.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,Sun Staff | February 23, 2003
The Vatican Exposed: Money, Murder, and the Mafia, by Paul L. Williams. Prometheus Books. 350 pages. $27. Paul L. Williams is the author of such works as Everything You Wanted to Know About the Catholic Church But Were Afraid to Ask for Fear of Excommunication and Complete Idiot's guides to the lives of the saints and the crusades. In his latest work, he uses basically the same approach in drawing a damning portrait of the Roman Catholic Church, its finances and the popes who greedily raked in vast fortunes in what could have been titled The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vatican Conspiracy Theories.
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By Josh Getlin and Josh Getlin,Los Angeles Times | August 12, 2007
There comes a moment in life when the weight of memory and emotion can lead to action. For Saul Friedlander, that moment arrived when he stumbled upon a misfiled Nazi document in Bonn, during research for a book on U.S.-German relations before World War II. During 1941, as news of Hitler's atrocities began spreading, Pope Pius XII had warmly invited the Berlin Opera to perform selections from Wagner at the Vatican, according to a formerly secret telegram...
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January 10, 1998
Immaculate Conception and Assumption have strong 0) theological rootsAs a theologian who has made a specialty out of the study of Mary (Mariology), I am troubled by Father Joseph Gallagher's Perspective article Dec. 21, under the headline, "Quarrel over Mary threatens unity."Therefore, it is important to clarify the historical context of the solemn definition of Pope Pius IX in 1854 on Mary's Immaculate Conception and that of Pope Pius XII in 1950 regarding her bodily Assumption.In his essay, Father Gallagher argues that the proposed dogmas regarding Mary as Mediatrix of all graces, Co-Redemptrix, and ,, Advocate should not be defined as matters of faith by Pope John Paul II.He goes on, however, to assert that the dogma of Mary's Immaculate Conception and bodily Assumption are "unnecessary and biblically unprovable."
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October 4, 1995
POPE JOHN PAUL II come to Baltimore Sunday for a whirlwind 10-hour visit during which thousands will pray with him at a Mass at Oriole Park at Camden Yards and thousands more will wave and cheer as he leads a parade through downtown streets in his white bulletproof vehicle.It will be the first trip by a reigning pontiff to the oldest Roman Catholic archdiocese in he United State, although Pope John Paul II and two former popes -- Paul VI and Pius XII -- were visitors here as cardinals.Before leaving Baltimore for Rome on Sunday night, the pope will have lunch at Our Daily Bread soup kitchen on Franklin Street.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,Sun Staff | February 23, 2003
The Vatican Exposed: Money, Murder, and the Mafia, by Paul L. Williams. Prometheus Books. 350 pages. $27. Paul L. Williams is the author of such works as Everything You Wanted to Know About the Catholic Church But Were Afraid to Ask for Fear of Excommunication and Complete Idiot's guides to the lives of the saints and the crusades. In his latest work, he uses basically the same approach in drawing a damning portrait of the Roman Catholic Church, its finances and the popes who greedily raked in vast fortunes in what could have been titled The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vatican Conspiracy Theories.
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By John Rivera and By John Rivera,Sun Staff | November 3, 2002
A Moral Reckoning: The Role of the Catholic Church in the Holocaust and its Unfulfilled Duty of Repair, by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen. Alfred A. Knopf. 352 pages. $25. Over the last several years, there has been a run of books examining the conduct of the Roman Catholic Church during the Holocaust, much of it focusing on the apparent silence of Pope Pius XII in the face of genocide. Many of these works have added valuable insight and historical documentation to what critics hold is a sad chapter in the church's history.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | August 15, 2001
It was just a year and a half ago that Pope John Paul II uttered his historic prayer of repentance in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, asking God for forgiveness for sins committed by Christians against Jews. Two weeks later, the pope prayed at the Western Wall in Jerusalem and, before leaving, placed a copy of that repentance plea in a crevice. The two events were profound symbols of how far, after centuries of acrimony and persecution, the Roman Catholic Church had come in its relationship to Judaism.
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By William Pfaff | October 25, 1999
PARIS -- The account of Pope Pius XII's career set out in John Cornwell's new biography, sensationally titled "Hitler's Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII," raises again the problem of how to understand the past when the "relevant" past means next to nothing to readers today.The promotion of Mr. Cornwell's book focuses on its accusation that Pius XII was anti-Semitic. This is, in fact, the least interesting thing Mr. Cornwell has to say.After all, nearly all the secular notables of the period, including Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt, were in one way or another anti-Semitic.
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By Michael Pakenham | September 26, 1999
For 60 years, debate has raged about who or what might have deterred Adolf Hitler's rise to power and his Holocaust. Among world leaders during Hitler's era, few if any have ignited more intense controversy than Pope Pius XII. Before his ascension, he was known as Eugenio Pacelli, serving as a Vatican diplomat during the 1920s and 1930s. He was elevated to the papacy in 1939 and died in 1958, in the 59th year of his priesthood and his 82nd year on Earth.He is now within short reach -- perhaps a year -- of being declared a saint.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | September 26, 1999
Those who knew Eugenio Pacelli describe him as a man of asceticism, piety and humility.Such is the Vatican's confidence in the saintliness of the man who as Pope Pius XII presided over the Roman Catholic Church during the Second World War that the process of his beatification is nearing completion.But a book by British author John Cornwell paints quite a different picture.In "Hitler's Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII," Cornwell, a practicing Catholic, depicts Pius as a man with "a secret antipathy toward the Jews" who was silent during the Holocaust.
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By Joseph Gallagher | March 24, 1998
GIVEN that the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church are not famous for public self- criticism, the recent Vatican statement of repentance for the spiritual failure of its members in the face of the Holocaust is an astonishment for which humane people can only be grateful.Given that the Holocaust was such an unspeakable horror, it is not surprising that some Jewish leaders have found it wanting. But considering the terrors of half a century ago, almost anything said or done today would be too little and too late.
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By Margherita Marchione | January 4, 1998
The Holocaust has always occupied some corner in newspaper articles, magazine stories and ads. Lately, a great deal of material on the subject has been devoted to Pope Pius XII, and it has included a bashing of the Vatican's so-called "silence" during the Holocaust.I find it difficult to understand the criticism and false statements of "experts," who probably have not read the 11 volumes of Vatican documents printed between 1965 and 1981, four of which deal exclusively with the humanitarian efforts of Pope Pius XII.It is historically inaccurate to charge Pope Pius XII with "silence."
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By Joseph Gallagher | March 24, 1998
GIVEN that the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church are not famous for public self- criticism, the recent Vatican statement of repentance for the spiritual failure of its members in the face of the Holocaust is an astonishment for which humane people can only be grateful.Given that the Holocaust was such an unspeakable horror, it is not surprising that some Jewish leaders have found it wanting. But considering the terrors of half a century ago, almost anything said or done today would be too little and too late.
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January 10, 1998
Immaculate Conception and Assumption have strong 0) theological rootsAs a theologian who has made a specialty out of the study of Mary (Mariology), I am troubled by Father Joseph Gallagher's Perspective article Dec. 21, under the headline, "Quarrel over Mary threatens unity."Therefore, it is important to clarify the historical context of the solemn definition of Pope Pius IX in 1854 on Mary's Immaculate Conception and that of Pope Pius XII in 1950 regarding her bodily Assumption.In his essay, Father Gallagher argues that the proposed dogmas regarding Mary as Mediatrix of all graces, Co-Redemptrix, and ,, Advocate should not be defined as matters of faith by Pope John Paul II.He goes on, however, to assert that the dogma of Mary's Immaculate Conception and bodily Assumption are "unnecessary and biblically unprovable."
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