The book Catholics Confronting Hitler by Peter Bartley offers the historical facts to answer to the question: what really happened with the Catholic Church and Hitler? Written with economy and in chronological order, this book offers a comprehensive account of the response to the Nazi tyranny by Pope Pius XII, his envoys, and various representatives of the Catholic Church in every country where Nazism existed before and during WWII.
Peter Bartley makes extensive use of primary sources – letters, diaries, memoirs, official government reports, German and British. He manifestly quotes the works of several prominent Nazis, of churchmen, diplomats, members of the Resistance, and ordinary Jews and gentiles who left eye-witness accounts of life under the Nazis, in addition to the wartime correspondence between Pius XII and President Roosevelt.
This book reveals how resistance to Hitler and rescue work engaged many churchmen and laypeople at all levels, and was often undertaken in collaboration with Protestants and Jews. The Church paid a high price in many countries for its resistance, with hundreds of churches closed down, bishops exiled or martyred, and many priests shot or sent to Nazi death camps.
Bartley also explores the supposed inaction of the German bishops over Hitler’s oppression of the Jews, showing that the Reich Concordat did not deter the hierarchy and clergy from protesting the regime’s iniquities or from rescuing its victims. While giving clear evidence for Papal condemnation of the Jewish persecution, he also explains why Pius XII could not completely set aside the language of diplomacy and be more openly vocal in his rebuke of the Nazis.
Joseph Koterski, S.J., Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University, explains, “Vicious allegations against Pope Pius XII and the Catholic Church in Germany get mindlessly repeated. The best way to answer them is with a calm and detailed account of the facts. Bartley’s well-documented volume shows the tireless work of Catholics to oppose the Nazi regime, to defend those being attacked, and to preserve the liberty of the Church.”
Gerard V. Bradley, Ph.D., Professor of Law at University of Notre Dame, calls Catholics Confronting Hitler “a magnificent addition to the small library of works which put the lie to the slanderous assertion that the Catholic Church was silent in the face of Nazi atrocities.”
“This amazing chronicle exposes the sacrifices and the selflessness not only of the clergy, from popes to priests, but also of countless laity who stepped forward to confront the unspeakable evil of Hitler and his Third Reich. As a witness of these times I am greatly encouraged by this accurate and descriptive rendering,” says Kurt von Schuschnigg, author of When Hitler Took Austria.
Tim Staples of Catholic Answers says this book “illustrates the Catholic Church’s response to the rise of Adolf Hitler and his Nazi regime like no other work to date. It will leave the reader with new respect for both the complexities involved and the enormous amount of heroism displayed.”
Catholics Confronting Hitler is “a redeeming account of the great men, plus the lesser known individuals and groups, that opposed Hitler’s madness. The Catholic opposition to Adolph Hitler is a subject that we cannot learn too much about,” says Paul Kengor, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science at Grove City College.
This book is “a frank and realistic assessment of Catholics during the years of Nazi power in Europe. It is a well-researched and important book, dispelling clichés and opening up critical areas to examination and discussion,” says Joanna Bogle, EWTN Host of The Military Orders and the Crusades.
About the Author:
Peter Bartley, was born in England and educated at Plater College, Oxford, receiving a degree in Political Science. He has written for various UK publications, and is the author of two other books, The Gospel of Jesus: Fact or Fiction?, and Mormonism: The Prophet, the Book, the Cult.
Peter Bartley, the author of Catholics Confronting Hitler, is available for interviews about this book. To request a review copy or an interview with Peter Bartley, please contact: Rose Trabbic, Publicist, Ignatius Press at (239) 867-4180 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Title: CATHOLICS CONFRONTING HITLER
The Catholic Church and the Nazis
Author: Peter Bartley
Release Date: November 2016
Length: 291 pages
ISBN: 978-1-62164-058-5 • Softcover
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