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Pius XII: The Hound of Hitler

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  11 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Noel has produced an extraordinary interpretation of the exercise of power and the psychological mechanisms behind it.
ebook, 232 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Continuum (first published July 10th 2008)
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David Bird
Oct 26, 2013 David Bird rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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There are two aspects to this book, worth considering separately: first it offers an account of the life an papacy of Pius XII; second, a moral appraisal. The former, one may judge according to standards of history. The latter offers little to a non-Catholic other than not particularly edifying instance of circular moral reasoning.

Noel's work is openly dependent upon the writings of others, most notably, John Cornwell's Hitler's Pope: the Secret History of Pius XII: The Secret History of Pius XI
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In Pius XII: The Hound of Hitler, Gerard Noel seeks not to justify, but to explain this most infamous of popes, whose silence contributed to the Holocaust. After much research and careful consideration, I’m not sure he’s done much of either. Noel gives us an insider’s view of the life of Eugenio Pacelli and the papacy of Pius XII in a way few scholars have. However, this insider’s view is somehow both less complete and more ambiguous than the mixed criticism and praise presented by so many other ...more
Sep 20, 2014 Pamela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating examination of the life and actions of Pius XII, Pope from 1939-1958. Gerard Noel avoids the two extreme views of Pius as Saint or as servant of Hitler. He examines the psychological aspects of the man, from his early childhood through his career as canon lawyer, Secretary of State and ultimately Pope, seeking an understanding of the motives behind Pius' apparently contradictory actions.

Noel skilfully brings out Pius' asceticism, his loathing of Communism (and determination to pro
Gili Austin
Mar 09, 2009 Gili Austin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a destiny ... to be caught as Pope at a time which was so damned difficult... impressed by the courage and determination as well as her total dedication of Sister Pasqualina to His Holiness as the person representing Jesus on earth... complete blind faith in his person and totally devoted to Mother Church .... some of the Cardinals do not come through as totally or anywhere equal in stature to this nun or to his holiness... what a wicked end for her... what a painful living death...
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