Update on the gathering

Here in perilous CASTLLLLLE DAAANGERRRR! [/echo] things are going smoothly with good weather and great fraternity.

One of our bishop members had to leave, which is too bad, and some few priests joined the group yesterday as well.  Also, last night Rabbi Dalin joined us.  He is the author of The Myth of Hitler’s Pope and the outstanding Hitler’s Mufti and the Rise of Radical Islam. He will be talking with us about Pope Pius XII and about issues of relations between Jews and the Catholic Church. I have heard Rabbi Dalin before and he is an engaging speaker.

Yesterday I did some “short order” work for breakfast and will do the same this morning.  We had the beouf bourgignon last night and I am pleased to report that not a scrap was left over, though everyone was able to eat to satiety.  Today we will have the gazpacho soup for lunch.  Pasta tonight, I believe.

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  1. AnAmericanMother says:

    I have great respect for Rabbi Dalin. Please give him our regards. His work and those of others who defended Pope Pius XII was instrumental in our conversion from the Episcopalians.

  2. Elizabeth D says:

    Rabbi Dalin gave a talk to Catholics in Madison about Pope Pius XII and the Jews, to hear it go here http://www.isthmuscatholic.org/index.cfm?load=page&page=281# and click the Cathedral Parish Media Archive link, a window will pop up, then click “Therese of Lisieux” (the name of the lecture series his talk was part of) and you will see the link to his lecture “The Myth of Hitler’s Pope”.

  3. KAS says:

    I need to add Rabbi Dalin’s books to my history shelves.

    My prayers for ya’all’s continued good fellowship. I hope God blesses all of you greatly.

  4. Rabbi Dalin is excellent. I bought The Myth of Hitler’s Pope after seeing the rabbi give a talk about it on CSPAN.

  5. Mundabor says:

    Some commenters wrote around that Rabbi Dalin (whose book I have read and greatly appreciated) had subsequently distanced himself from the book because of “further documents” allegedly become available.

    A mention on the blog of him saying that this is not the case would be greatly appreciated.


  6. Charles E Flynn says:

    Forthcoming book:

    Hitler, Mussolini and the Vatican: Pope Pius XI and the Speech That was Never Made, By Emma Fattorini.

    Product Description

    The Vatican against Nazism and Fascism on the eve of the Second World War. A tired pope watching the crisis unfold and considering what action to take against the new enemies of Christianity.

    Pius XI died on February 10th, 1939, just after finishing the address he hoped to deliver to the Italian bishops on the tenth anniversary of the Lateran Pact. That text dealt harshly with Nazism and Fascism and was written in solitude. It was a discourse that Mussolini feared and that the pope did not survive to deliver.

    This moment captures the spirit of Emma Fattorini’s book, a work that employs newly available and unpublished documentation from the Vatican Secret Archive to rewrite a fundamental page of 20th history. Pius XI came to view the 1930s as a ‘conflict of civilizations,’ a crisis which could only be resolved by a return to the Christian roots of the West. He was a pope who strongly defended the Jews because, in contrast to other elements in the Catholic hierarchy, he held the theological conviction that Jews and Christians shared a common origin: ‘spiritually we are all Semites.’ So wrote Pius XI in the last years of his life as he contemplated the direction in which the world was headed and came to the conclusion that Nazi and Fascist totalitarianism could be stopped by the Vatican.

  7. Norah says:

    Ronald Rychlak’s Hitler and War and the Pope is the better book in my opinion but it doesn’t get nearly as much publicity as Rabbi Dalin’s book possibly because Rychlak is a Catholic and would be presumed to of course defend Pius XII whereas Dalin’s book may be seen as being more objective.

  8. Rychlak is indeed a fine speaker and gentleman.

  9. Fr Martin Fox says:

    Rabbi Dalin has not distanced himself from his own book on Pope Pius XII, as of around Noon central time, today.

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