Soldier of Christ: The Life of Pope Pius XII #2020

Soldier of Christ: The Life of Pope Pius XII Robert A. Ventresca Soldier of Christ The Life of Pope Pius XII Debates over the legacy of Pope Pius XII and his canonization are so heated they are known as the Pius wars Soldier of Christ moves beyond competing caricatures and considers Pius XII as Eugenio Pacel

  • Title: Soldier of Christ: The Life of Pope Pius XII
  • Author: Robert A. Ventresca
  • ISBN: 9780674049611
  • Page: 413
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Soldier of Christ: The Life of Pope Pius XII Robert A. Ventresca Debates over the legacy of Pope Pius XII and his canonization are so heated they are known as the Pius wars Soldier of Christ moves beyond competing caricatures and considers Pius XII as Eugenio Pacelli, a flawed and gifted man While offering insight into the pope s response to Nazism, Robert A Ventresca argues that it was the Cold War and Pius XII s manner of engaginDebates over the legacy of Pope Pius XII and his canonization are so heated they are known as the Pius wars Soldier of Christ moves beyond competing caricatures and considers Pius XII as Eugenio Pacelli, a flawed and gifted man While offering insight into the pope s response to Nazism, Robert A Ventresca argues that it was the Cold War and Pius XII s manner of engaging with the modern world that defined his pontificate.Laying the groundwork for the pope s controversial, contradictory actions from 1939 to 1958, Ventresca begins with the story of Pacelli s Roman upbringing, his intellectual formation in Rome s seminaries, and his interwar experience as papal diplomat and Vatican secretary of state Accused of moral equivocation during the Holocaust, Pius XII later fought the spread of Communism in Western Europe, spoke against the persecution of Catholics in Eastern Europe and Asia, and tackled a range of social and political issues By appointing the first indigenous cardinals from China and India and expanding missions in Africa while expressing solidarity with independence movements, he internationalized the church s membership and moved Catholicism beyond the colonial mentality of previous eras.Drawing from a diversity of international sources, including unexplored documentation from the Vatican, Ventresca reveals a paradoxical figure a prophetic reformer of limited vision whose leadership both stimulated the emergence of a global Catholicism and sowed doubt and dissension among some of the church s most faithful servants.
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    1. Everything below has to do with Pacelli s behavior before and during 1933 My review deals with these early years only, which is what I am now writing about in my novel in progress I have not yet read what Ventresca says about Pacelli s behavior during the Holocaust years In summary, Ventresca demonstrates that Pacelli, in part knowingly and in part naively, played a major role in Hitler s coming to power.In his Prologue, Ventresca states Pius XII has become an intensely polarizing figure to some [...]

    2. Robert Ventresca s Soldier of Christ is an oustanding history of the political and diplomatic career of Pope Pius XII that pleases no one While it exposes as a blatant lie the highly popular myth that Pius XII was a supporter of Hitler, it also makes many scathing criticisms of Pius XII Many readers will be disappointed at how little space in the book is devoted to issues of faith and theology Ventresca devotes only two brief paragraphs to Pius XII s proclamation in 1950 of the dogma of the Assu [...]

    3. I actually read this book a few years ago when I was covering religion for the National Post newspaper in Toronto I m reviewing it now because I recently got involved in a discussion about Pius XII and how much that was said against him was true and how much was false Up until Soldier of Christ, any book I found was either meant as an attack or a defence Ventresca s book maybe one of the only books available that is truly neutral And that should count for a lot After reading this book I came to [...]

    4. Pope Pius XII lived through probably the most difficult period of modern history Although Robert Ventresca attempted to be both objective and fair to the pontificate of Pius XII, it sometimes comes across as being overly critical about his accomplishments and activities, not only during World War II, but both before and after the war Historical objectivity, like Vatican neutrality, is sometimes an elusive thing.

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