By Peter Eisner

ISBN-10: 0062266322

ISBN-13: 9780062266323

Attracts on new archival examine to envision Pope Pius XI's attempt to reject Nazism, discussing how he enlisted the help of John los angeles Farge, a nearly unknown American Jesuit, to craft a papal encyclical condemning Hitler's crusade opposed to the Jews.

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He believes he is the ordained leader of the German race.  . “Meantime, the best brains of the world are not getting very far in anticipating or stopping the march of today’s Little Corporal. ” CHAPTER THREE The Imposition of the Reich May 19, 1938, French/German Border BLEIBEN SIE HIER, bitte,” a Nazi border guard told John LaFarge. ” The suspicious Nazi official seemed to think that LaFarge could be a Roman Catholic agent because he was dressed as a priest, was an American, and had maps of Italy and Czechoslovakia.

THE WEEKS PRIOR to the pope’s retreat to Castel Gandolfo had been intense. Two weeks earlier, on April 17, Easter Sunday, the pope had delivered his annual Urbi et Orbi benediction “to the City of Rome and to the World” before an overflow crowd of one hundred thousand people in St. Peter’s Square. Since Pius was recovering from a variety of illnesses, including angina and perhaps a heart attack, he was confined to waving and issuing his blessing to the crowd from a chair. He also used a wooden contraption that supported him from the back when he felt too weak to stand, similar to Franklin Roosevelt being propped up and made to seem as if he was standing.

LAFARGE CELEBRATED Mass each day of the crossing for a congregation that included nine nuns and anyone else of faith. The rest of the time, he read or took notes for a possible second edition of Interracial Justice, which would update issues concerning repression and discrimination against blacks in America. More and more, newspapers were reporting the rise of anti-Semitism in Germany and Hitler’s persecution of Jews and increasingly of Catholics. LaFarge saw clear parallels between racial discrimination in the United States and what was happening in Europe.

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