37 In this way, Cardinal Ratti showed himself to be an ally to Cardinal Gasparri and the legacy of Pope Benedict XV. The followers of Cardinal Merry del Val in the legacy of Pope Pius X sought to attain the majority, but Cardinal Ratti ...
Author: Taylor R. Marshall
Publisher: Sophia Institute Press
It took nearly two millennia for the enemies of the Catholic Church to realize they could not successfully attack the Church from the outside. Indeed, countless nemeses from Nero to Napoleon succeeded only in creating sympathy and martyrs for our Catholic Faith. That all changed in the mid-19th century, when clandestine societies populated by Modernists and Marxists hatched a plan to subvert the Catholic Church from within. Their goal: to change Her doctrine, Her liturgy, and Her mission. In this captivating and carefully documented book, Dr. Taylor Marshall pulls back the curtain on their nefarious plan, showing how these enemies of Christ strategically infiltrated the seminaries, then the priesthood, then the episcopacy, and eventually the cardinal-electors – all with the eventual goal of electing one of their own as pope. You’ll come to see that the seemingly endless scandals plaguing the Church are not the result, as so many think, of cultural changes, or of Vatican II, but rather the natural consequences of an orchestrated demonic plot to destroy the Church.
The idea was to show that if Pius's legacy could survive this critical audience, there was simply no reason to delay his beatification any longer. The move was considered brilliant by Vatican officials, who arranged a papal audience for ...
Author: John Thavis
The New York Times–bestselling inside look at one of the world’s most powerful and mysterious institutions For more than twenty-five years, John Thavis held one of the most remarkable journalistic assignments in the world: reporting on the inner workings of the Vatican. In The Vatican Diaries, Thavis reveals Vatican City as a place struggling to define itself in the face of internal and external threats, where Curia cardinals fight private wars and sexual abuse scandals threaten to undermine papal authority. Thavis (author of The Vatican Prophecies: Investigating Supernatural Signs, Apparitions, and Miracles in the Modern Age) also takes readers through the politicking behind the election of Pope Francis and what we might expect from his papacy. The Vatican Diaries is a perceptive, compelling, and provocative account of this singular institution and will be of interest to anyone intrigued by the challenges faced by religion in an increasingly secularized world.
The Pope Has Been Kidnapped Giovanni Figlia, head of Vatican security, doesn't have an easy job cleaning up the mess that Sean A.P. Ryan left after stopping an international plot to bring down the Vatican.
Author: Declan Finn
Publisher: Silver Empire
The Pope Has Been Kidnapped Giovanni Figlia, head of Vatican security, doesn't have an easy job cleaning up the mess that Sean A.P. Ryan left after stopping an international plot to bring down the Vatican. He's got to deal with the remnants of old Soviet spy rings, a beautiful defector, and foreign agents of all stripes. Then someone kidnapped the Pope. Mercenaries, spies, beautiful women, international intrigue and ancient secrets - The Pius Trilogy has it all
To those who compared him unfavorably to Pius, he responded that everyday language was the language that Jesus used, ... to Pius XII's style of leadership than J ohn's!61 The conservative Cardinal Siri, holding dearly to Pius's legacy, ...
Author: Michael P. Riccards
Publisher: Lexington Books
This volume is the first major study of the papacy as a managerial structure that has evolved over two thousand years. Special emphasis is placed on the environments in which the Church functioned and in which it had to reach uneasy compromises. The volume is both scholarly and very readable.
In another way Pius V repudiated the legacy of Paul IV and took up that of Pius IV, a pope of the Council where Paul had kept Trent in suspension. Pius adopted the programme of the Council, completed its postponed work on the Missal, ...
Author: Michael A. Mullett
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
The Catholic Reformation (1999) provides a dynamic and original history of this crucial movement in early modern Europe. Starting from the late middle ages, it clearly traces the continuous transformation of Catholicism in its structure, bodies and doctrine. Charting the gain in momentum of Catholic renewal from the time of the Council of Trent, it also considers the ambiguous effect of the Protestant Reformation in accelerating the renovation of the Catholic Church. It explores how and why the Catholic Reformation occurred, stressing that many moves towards restoration were underway well before the Protestant Reformation. The huge impact the Catholic renewal had, not only on the papacy, Church leaders and religious ritual and practice, but also on the lives of ordinary people – their culture, arts, attitudes and relationships – is shown in colourful detail.
The historiography on Pius XII and the Nazis is voluminous . Perhaps the strongest at- tack on his role is still Falconi , The Silence of Pius XII . One attempt to defend Pius's legacy by a Jesuit historian is Robert A. Graham ...
Author: Steven Merritt Miner
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
This volume examines the complex and profound role of religion, especially Russian Orthodoxy, in the politics of Stalin's government during World War II. It demonstrates that Stalin decided to restore the church to prominence as a tool for restoring Soviet power to previously occupied areas.
... conspiracy.72 Paul undertook two decisive acts—the dismissal of numerous humanist abbreviators and the arrest and imprisonment of the humanists in 1468—that together ensured the brutal elimination of the remnants of Pius' legacy.
Author: Anthony F. D'Elia
Publisher: Harvard University Press
In 1468, on the final night of Carnival in Rome, Pope Paul II sat enthroned above the boisterous crowd, when a scuffle caught his eye. His guards had intercepted a mysterious stranger trying urgently to convey a warningÑconspirators were lying in wait to slay the pontiff. Twenty humanist intellectuals were quickly arrested, tortured on the rack, and imprisoned in separate cells in the damp dungeon of Castel Sant'Angelo. Anthony D'Elia offers a compelling, surprising story that reveals a Renaissance world that witnessed the rebirth of interest in the classics, a thriving homoerotic culture, the clash of Christian and pagan values, the contest between republicanism and a papal monarchy, and tensions separating Christian Europeans and Muslim Turks. Using newly discovered sources, he shows why the pope targeted the humanists, who were seen as dangerously pagan in their Epicurean morals and their Platonic beliefs about the soul and insurrectionist in their support of a more democratic Church. Their fascination with Sultan Mehmed II connected them to the Ottoman Turks, enemies of Christendom, and the love of the classical world tied them to recent rebellious attempts to replace papal rule with a republic harking back to the glorious days of Roman antiquity. From the cosmetic-wearing, parrot-loving pontiff to the Turkish sultan, savage in war but obsessed with Italian culture, D'Elia brings to life a Renaissance world full of pageantry, mayhem, and conspiracy and offers a fresh interpretation of humanism as a dynamic communal movement.
Author: C FitzSimons AllisonPublish On: 2011-05-26
... the effect that Pius's legacy symbolizes a truth “that all religions should probably heed. It is that logic of institutional self-preservation may be incompatible with moral clarity.”15 This is true not only for all religions but ...
Author: C FitzSimons Allison
Publisher: ISD LLC
God is in the dock. Shall we convict him or forgive him? Shall we replace the God of Scripture with another of our choosing, mock and deride him, or ignore him? Shall we replace revelation with the chaos of speculation? We perceive ourselves, ratherthan God, as the center of the world and this universal condition leads to conflict with others and with God. Maintaining our center causes cheating, lying, litigation, divorce, wars, genocide, and human misery. Western civilization is giving up trust in the promise of God's mercy, justice, and forgiveness and replacing it with trust in the goodness of man. Jesus warned us to beware the teaching of the Sadducees and Pharisees. The Sadducees, who denied hope of eternal life, are a rough equivalent of our modern day secularists with their religious trust that this world is all there is. Replacing God with trust in flawed human nature is a mark of arrogance that even pagans would have characterized as hubris evoking divine wrath. The Pharisee's yeast of self-righteousness is a natural condition of us all. Even when cleansed it reappears in every tradition rendering forgiveness and transformation a promise only for those who think they have earned and deserve it. Such a distortion of God's word is congenial to our self-as-center, but it robs us sinners of the justice and mercy of a loving God. Following Jesus's warning we have the opportunity to wipe away the Sadducee arrogance and the Pharisee self-righteousness and discover anew the supreme power and joy of the Christian faith.
L'Osservatore Romano publishes "The Legacy of Abraham, Gift of Christmas," an article written by Cardinal Ratzinger, who says, “Even if the last abhorrent experience, the 'Shoah, was perpetrated in the name of an anti-Christian ideology ...
Author: Carol Rittner
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
This collaborative effort by a number of the world's leading experts on the Holocaust examines the question: how should Vatican policies during World War II be understood? Specifically, could Pope Pius XII have curbed the Holocaust by vigorously condemning the Nazi killing of Jews? Was Pius XII really 'Hitler's Pope', as John Cornwell suggested? Or has he unfairly become a scapegoat when he is really deserving of canonization as a saint? In Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust, scholars including Michael Marrus, Michael Phayer, Richard L. Rubenstein and Susan Zuccotti wrestle with these questions. The book has four main themes: (1) Pope Pius XII must be understood in his particular historical context. (2) Pope Pius XII put the well-being of the Roman Catholic Church, as he understood it, first and foremost. (3) In retrospect, Pope Pius XII's priorities, understandable though they are, not only make him a problematic Christian leader but also raise important questions about post-Holocaust Christian identity. (4) Jewish and Christian memories of the Holocaust will remain different, but reconciliation can continue to grow. On all sides, relations between Christians and Jews can be improved by an honest engagement with history and by continuing reflection on what post-Holocaust Christian and Jewish identities ought and ought not to mean.
Catherine, of course, is praised as she takes her place among the saints, but Pius II is also praised for making this ... elevation to the communion of saints, like Frederick III and Eleanor's union, becomes part of Pius II's legacy, ...
Author: A. Lawrence Jenkens
Publisher: Penn State Press
The art of Renaissance Siena is usually viewed in the light of developments and accomplishments achieved elsewhere, but Sienese artists were part of a dynamic dialogue that was shaped by their city’s internal political turmoil, diplomatic relationships with its neighbors, internal social hierarchies, and struggle for self-definition. These essays lead scholars in a new and exciting direction in the study of the art of Renaissance Siena, exploring the cultural dynamics of the city and its art in a specifically Sienese context. This volume shapes a new understanding of Sienese culture in the early modern period and defines the questions scholars will continue to ask for years to come. What emerges is a picture of Renaissance Siena as a city focused on meeting the challenges of the time while formulating changes to shape its future. Central to these changes are the city’s efforts to fashion a civic identity through the visual arts.