Perhaps no modern-day leader of the Roman Catholic Church has sparked as much controversy as Pope Pius XII, the Bishop of Rome during World War II. Was he a Nazi sympathizer? Or did he vehemently oppose Hitler's regime? The conflicting opinions about Pius XII's wartime performance indicate not only the complexities of the man, the former Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli, but also the difficulty in understanding the Hitler era and the inherent conflict between political posturing and pastoral actions.
With exacting scholarship, Professor Rychlak gives a full exploration of the background facts, including discussions of history, religion, politics, diplomacy, and military tactics. Then come ten fundamental questions concerning Pope Pius XII and the Nazis which are answered with legal analysis and authoritative citations. The epilogue provides a critical examination of John Cornwell's recent book on the same topic, Hitler's Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII.
Readers will come away from this book with a new appreciation for the difficulties, challenges, and choices faced by the Bishop of Rome during a time of almost unfathomable horror.
Ronald J. Rychlak is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at the University of Mississippi School of Law where he has taught courses and seminars in Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Gaming Law, and Environmental Law since 1987. He received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University and his B.A. from Wabash College.
Professor Rychlak is the author of Real and Demonstrative Evidence: Applications and Theory, and has published over twenty articles in various law reviews, law journals, and popular magazines. He now lives in Oxford, Mississippi.