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Title: The Hidden Encyclical of Pius Xi.
Description: Harcourt Brace, New York, 1997, first American edition.. 319 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 01510024444 "In June 1938, after his attempts at diplomacy with Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy had failed, Pope Pius XI ordered an American Jesuit, Father John LaFarge, to compose an en cyclical denouncing racism and anti-Semitism. The result was a draft called 'Humani Generis Unitas' (The Unity of the Human Race), which LaFarge produced with the help of two other priests. But after Pope Pius XI died early in 1939, his succ e s s o r , Pius XII, stood by in silence as Nazi Germany began to carry out its Final Solution. The unpublished encyclical was buried in a secret archive, its three authors bound by a vow of silence. For decades Vatican scholars either minimized t he i mp or ta nce of 'Humani Generis Unitas' or questioned the document's very existence - until Thomas Breslin, a Jesuit seminarian, uncovered the manuscript in the late sixties. In a disturbing tale of archival intrigue and historical investi gat ion , ( the au tho rs) describe their quest to recover the draft of the encyclical. Undaunted by interminable delays - evasions that only deepened suspicions of Church complicity thirty years after Vatican II - (they) steadfastly pursued their inq uiri es. Her e, p ubli shed for the first time in English, is the document the Vatican kept hidden for half a century. By examining the circumstances of its creation and the consequences of its suppression, (this book) casts new light on the relat ions betw een t he Va tican , state-sponsored anti-Semitism, and the Jews during World War II." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top of spine and flap-folds. Very Good/Very Good.

Keywords: Catholic Church, Judaism, Papal Documents, Popes, Pope Pius Xi, Humani Generis Unitas, Anti-Semitism, Catholicism, Gustave Desbuquois, Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, John Lafarge, Jews, Wladimir Ledochowski, Osservatore Romano.

Price: US$ 12.00 Seller: Capricorn Books
- Book number: 24453

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