Religion, Nationalism, and Anti-Semitism, 1890–1944
Paul A. Hanebrink
Cornell University Press, $39.95, 352 pp.
Pius XII failed to speak out against the Nazi murder of Jews because he feared making things even worse. German bishops failed to condemn Nazi atrocities because they feared for the church in Germany. Polish Christians failed to shelter Jews because if caught the penalty was death-not only for the rescuers, but for their entire families.
So runs the list of reasons for the passivity of Catholics in the face of Nazi terror. There...
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