223 pages, 5½” x 8½”,notes, index
Defamation of Pius XII, The
Eugenio Pacelli, Pius XII, was one of the few unalloyed heroes of World War II. At great personal risk, he saved some 800,000 Jews from extermination by the Nazis. Jewish refugees were given asylum in the Vatican, swelling the number of Swiss Guards. No Allied leader can match his glorious record. Golda Meir lauded Pius XII after the war, and the chief rabbi of Rome became a Roman Catholic, taking the name of Eugenio in tribute to Eugenio Pacelli.
This book restores Pius XII to the rank of hero, demolishes the ludicrous charges against him, and identifies the true target of this infamous calumny: the Church, the papacy, and Christian moral teaching, which confronts/condemns the Culture of Death.
“Now Ralph McInerny, in The Defamation of Pius XII, documents a compelling story. . . . Using the tools of deductive reasoning he has given Father Dowling, McInerny shapes the case for Pius’ innocence and believes he has unearthed the motives for the attacks against him.
“McInerny presents an intriguing body of evidence, as well as corroborating testimony from world leaders, many of whom are Jewish. If you’ve read The Deputy orHitler’s Pope, you owe it to yourself to read The Defamation of Pius XII.” – Gerald Etter, The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Despite a rash of vilifications of Pius XII, McInerny’s The Defamation of Pius XII proves that the Pontiff actually saved the lives of a million Jews during the holocaust. Pius XII was anything but silent about the murders committed by Hitler as shown in numerous Vatican Radio transcripts and speeches given by Pius XII. The Holy Father knew that a complete repudiation of Hitler or the Germans would result in the deaths of many more Jews and Catholics as well as the ultimate failure of any shepherd, the abandonments of his flock. . . . McInerny critically rights these false attacks with historical fact, dispelling the myth that Vatican correspondence with Hitler meant Nazi sympathy. . . . McInerny shows how Pius saved the lives of nearly one million Jews armed only with Faith, and the moral courage of the world’s moral leader. The leader of Christ’s Church, in fact, did more than any other. . . . McInerny draws a startling but accurate conclusion: that many of the very people who condemn Hitler’s atrocities, make up what Pope John Paul II calls The Culture of Death.” – ForeWord