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Gerard Noel goes to the heart of Pope Pius XII the person. Gerard Noel has written the balanced picture of Pope Pius XII. He shows us the Pius who thought he could save the Vatican by being conciliatory towards Hitler

Gerard Noel goes to the heart of Pope Pius XII the person. He shows us the Pius who thought he could save the Vatican by being conciliatory towards Hitler. Noel brings in the most significant person in Pius' life and paints her correctly. Most biographers give her three or four sentences. I am sorry about the title. I see no significance in the word hound.

Noel produces a devastating psychological portrait of a flawed individual quite unsuited to his circumstances. Peter Stanford's latest book is 'Teach Yourself Catholicism'. Pius was a hypochondriac and depressive. He moved out of the family home aged 38, and soon found a surrogate mother in the formidable nun, Mother Pasquelina, who ruled his household and his papacy, after his election in 1939, as a result of an an intimate relationship that was chaste but thoroughly unhealthy. Hound of Hitler" feels like an overstated title for an otherwise well-balanced book. Hitler's Fool" might be more appropriate. Catholic Pope Churches Dictators Rome.

In contrast, Gerard Noel's Pius XII: The Hound of Hitler is a highly original study of the exercise of political and religious power, of realpolitik and the exte A thoughtful and provocative biography of the controversial Pope who led the Catholic Church during World War II. There is a claim that Hitler's rise to power was left unchallenged by the inaction of Pope Pius XII.

Gerard Eyre Wriothesley Noel. Noel was the author of 20 books Pius XII: The Hound of Hitler. Noel was the author of 20 books. He authored biographies of politicians like Harold Wilson and Barry Goldwater as well as member of the British Royal Family like Princess Alice of the United Kingdom and Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg. He translated The Way to Unity After the Council by Cardinal-Deacon Augustin Bea from Italian into English. Pius XII: The Hound of Hitler.

In contrast, Gerard Noel's Pius XII: The Hound of Hitler is a highly original study of the exercise of political and religious power, of realpolitik and the extent to which politics is always the art of the possible. This book also offers an intimate portrait of a man at the pinnacle of the Catholic church. Noel contends that Pius XII was mother-fixated and dominated by a German nun, Sister Pasqualina, who became the real power behind the throne and who was ultimately more liberal and anti-Nazi than the Pope himself

The book aims to demonstrate Pacelli's physical and psychological, not to mentionĀ .

The book aims to demonstrate Pacelli's physical and psychological, not to mention intellectual and spiritual, inability to resist the extraordinary pressures he faced, first as a Vatican diplomat in Germany, then in Rome as secretary of state, and finally as pope during World War I.

This is not that book. Pius XII: The Hound of Hitler is outdated, poorly sourced, and tries to psychoanalyze the wartime pontiff when not accusing him of "horrendous" acts.

Pius XII : the hound of Hitler. London ; New York, NY : Continuum. Book, Online - Google Books. London ; New York, NY : Continuum, 2008 220 . p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm. ISBN. Pius XII : the hound of Hitler, Gerard Noel Continuum London ; New York, NY 2008. Australian/Harvard Citation.

Gerard Noel, Pius XII: The Hound of Hitler, p. 14, 2008. I came back from Auschwitz on my own. I lost my mother, two sisters and one brother. Pius XII could have warned us about what was going to happen. We might have escaped from Rome and joined the partisans. He played right into the Germans' hands. It all happened right under his nose.

A thoughtful and provocative biography of the controversial Pope who led the Catholic Church during World War II

There is a claim that Hitler's rise to power was left unchallenged by the inaction of Pope Pius XII. In contrast, Gerard Noel's Pius XII: The Hound of Hitler is a highly original study of the exercise of political and religious power, of realpolitik and the extent to which politics is always the art of the possible.

This book also offers an intimate portrait of a man at the pinnacle of the Catholic church. Noel contends that Pius XII was mother-fixated and dominated by a German nun, Sister Pasqualina, who became the real power behind the throne and who was ultimately more liberal and anti-Nazi than the Pope himself. Indeed, he says, it was Pasqualina who did most to shelter the Jewish population of Rome. As time advanced, Pius XII became more and more aloof and rigid in his views. By 1950 he promulgated the Doctrine of The Assumption, the ultimate expression of autocratic power, as infallible.

Today there is a movement to canonize Pius XII which is predictably resisted by many influential people, and for this reason alone Pius XII continues to command much attention, debate, and controversy. Pius XII: The Hound of Hitler is neither a demolition job nor a piece of hagiography, as Gerard Noel explores the fatal effect of the Vatican's concord with Hitler and Pius XII's failure to condemn Hitler's attempt to exterminate the Jews.

Pius XII: The Hound of Hitler epub download

ISBN13: 978-1441136299

ISBN: 1441136290

Author: Gerard Noel

Category: Bio and Memoris

Subcategory: Historical

Language: English

Publisher: Continuum; 1 edition (December 13, 2009)

Pages: 232 pages

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Cezel
This is a good book about Pius XII, although sometimes very hard and critical. Also his references are also from a critical source. I read the book because I wanted to fairly understand the controversy about Pius XII. I still believe Pius XII was a protector of the Jews in WWII and does deserve to be declared a saint by the Catholic Church.
Cezel
This is a good book about Pius XII, although sometimes very hard and critical. Also his references are also from a critical source. I read the book because I wanted to fairly understand the controversy about Pius XII. I still believe Pius XII was a protector of the Jews in WWII and does deserve to be declared a saint by the Catholic Church.
Gamba
A good read. It starts off pretty slow and a bit technical, at least for this Non-Catholic. It was not really what I expected. I'd seen it advertised as the best defense of Pope Pius XII for the role that he and the Church played in the Second World War and the NAZI rise to power. The author is sympathetic and personally likes this Pope, and at time I could sense that he was making an effort to defend him; but he fails to do so because he faithfully presents the Facts and the Facts don't lie. The book could easily be a biography of the nun who devoted most of her life to "Pius" before and during his Papacy and most of any credit Pius deserves for any good that he did during the War truly belongs to her. She had amazing influence over a Pope for a nun and wielded enormous power and bravery for a woman, especially in that era!
Gamba
A good read. It starts off pretty slow and a bit technical, at least for this Non-Catholic. It was not really what I expected. I'd seen it advertised as the best defense of Pope Pius XII for the role that he and the Church played in the Second World War and the NAZI rise to power. The author is sympathetic and personally likes this Pope, and at time I could sense that he was making an effort to defend him; but he fails to do so because he faithfully presents the Facts and the Facts don't lie. The book could easily be a biography of the nun who devoted most of her life to "Pius" before and during his Papacy and most of any credit Pius deserves for any good that he did during the War truly belongs to her. She had amazing influence over a Pope for a nun and wielded enormous power and bravery for a woman, especially in that era!
Sardleem
Pope Pius XII also had a difficult time dealing with Hitler during WW II. This is a very good biography of the trials and tribulations faced by him during the war years. Some have felt he was "pro-Nazi". Reading this book, I can only conclude he was not. He may have been pro Germany but not pro-Nazi. He definelty was PRO-VATICAN. I think he was attempting to protect Vatican autoimmunity more than anything.
Sardleem
Pope Pius XII also had a difficult time dealing with Hitler during WW II. This is a very good biography of the trials and tribulations faced by him during the war years. Some have felt he was "pro-Nazi". Reading this book, I can only conclude he was not. He may have been pro Germany but not pro-Nazi. He definelty was PRO-VATICAN. I think he was attempting to protect Vatican autoimmunity more than anything.
Skilkancar
Gerard Noel has written the balanced picture of Pope Pius XII. He shows us the Pius who thought he could save the Vatican by being conciliatory towards Hitler. Noel brings in the most significant person in Pius' life and paints her correctly. Most biographers give her three or four sentences.
I am sorry about the title. I see no significance in the word hound. I recommend it highly as it seems to be the truest, most balanced presentation of a man who grew up only blocks from St Peter's Square who never went to seminary and whose only jobs were Vatican appointments. A man whose diplomacy had disastrous results, he was a throw back to the imperial papacy and he believed infallibility resided in his person. His fears were legitimate but Pius lack the courage to become the greatest pope.
Skilkancar
Gerard Noel has written the balanced picture of Pope Pius XII. He shows us the Pius who thought he could save the Vatican by being conciliatory towards Hitler. Noel brings in the most significant person in Pius' life and paints her correctly. Most biographers give her three or four sentences.
I am sorry about the title. I see no significance in the word hound. I recommend it highly as it seems to be the truest, most balanced presentation of a man who grew up only blocks from St Peter's Square who never went to seminary and whose only jobs were Vatican appointments. A man whose diplomacy had disastrous results, he was a throw back to the imperial papacy and he believed infallibility resided in his person. His fears were legitimate but Pius lack the courage to become the greatest pope.
GODMAX
I either love a book or hate it. Rarely do I read a book that has shades of grey. The reason I loved this book is because it contains historical truth about Pius XII. The Roman Catholic Hierarchy is guilty of complacency when it came to Hitler and his evil regime. You cannnot hide the truth. There will be people out there would will not like this book because their heads are in the sand. But truth must be told and digested and the only way the Roman Catholic Church can heal and come to terms with its awful actions is to admit it and move forward.
GODMAX
I either love a book or hate it. Rarely do I read a book that has shades of grey. The reason I loved this book is because it contains historical truth about Pius XII. The Roman Catholic Hierarchy is guilty of complacency when it came to Hitler and his evil regime. You cannnot hide the truth. There will be people out there would will not like this book because their heads are in the sand. But truth must be told and digested and the only way the Roman Catholic Church can heal and come to terms with its awful actions is to admit it and move forward.
MEGA FREEDY
It's hard to criticise an author with whom I find myself agreeing with about much of what he has written. However, while I agree with many of Noel's conclusions, I disagree with the way he has reached them. Of the seeming never-ending stream of books on Pius XII (including my own!) there is always the danger of authors neglecting the rigours of historical research in order to get 'their stuff out there'. And this, I fear, is what Gerard Noel has done, even if, as he states in his introduction, that he is writing a very personal book. Personal books need to be labelled clearly - lest readers believe they are reading disciplined histories.

A cursory glance at the footnotes at the back of the book is telling. In the bibliographical notes Noel acknowledges his debt to Paul Murphy, author of the 1983 biography of Sr Pasqualina Lenhert entitled 'La Popessa'. His debt is considerable. Of the 548 footnotes 257 involved quotes or references to 'La Popessa' - 47% of all cited material. This has created an overwhelming dependency on one source; and a very questionable source at that. Lenhert's presence in the Vatican was resented and loathed by most of the male curia, often with good reason. Her acerbic memoirs need careful contextualisation alongside other memoirs from other eye witnesses. Curiously Harold Tittmann, FDR's 'man on the scene' makes only a passing reference to her, as do other contemporary diarists such as Monsignor Domenico Tardini and later Cardinal Tisserant. Pasqualina was not a mover and shaker of Vatican politics. Her utter selfless devotion to Pius created a situtation of co-dependency where she saw herself as an extension of him. But, this takes me into the realm of psycho-history which is more theory than fact; entertaining perhaps, but not history.

When one examines the other sources Noel uses, the picture becomes even more distorted.

The Vatican Archives opened the Germany files for 1922-1939 to public inspection in 2003. I am not sure why Noel has not availed himself of this valuable resource. If only to balance or critique Pasqualina's pre-war memoirs. Even if he was unable to use that resource, there remains the published record of Acts and Documents of the Holy See during the Second World War (1965-1981) which earns 2 mentions - disturbing if, as it appears, Pasqualina's recollection of the war-time papacy of Pius is to be believed without too much question. My impression of the woman is fairly negative; I tend to sympathise with Cardinal Tisserant! Certianly Pasqualina's back-door exit from Rome in mid-October 1958 after Pius' death showed she had no friends in the Vatican.

Pius XII was a complex man. He was a diplomat in a role that demanded a risk-taker and an unambiguous speaker. He was an ascetic with a vision for the Catholic Church that may have begun solidly grounded in Catholic history and theology, but ran afoul of the hubris of human frailty. His failure is not his alone, it rests upon the whole Catholic Church and the centuries of triumphalist theology that led it to believe it was the only sure path to heaven. For the persecuted Christians of Europe during the war this was scant consolation; for the dying Jews it was another burden of desolation. That John XXIII could turn the whole institution on its head in five short years speaks volumes that the Church needed a new way desperately. Again, for both Christians and Jews this was indeed good news. Noel's analysis of Pius' mindset through the war years is well-constructed, but needs the additional material of recognised scholars and archive material(much of it already available) in order to dispel any notion of fantasy or fabrication. Mother Pasqualina was a devoted housekeeper, a woman of great energy and force of will; but, she was not historian and no theologian.

Despite these criticisms, I do believe Noel has written a very interesting personal 'take' on Pius XII. And if the book is read as a personal reflection on a very complex and, in some cases, very disturbed and disturbing man, the reader will come away with a greater appreciation of the difficulty confronting historians of this period.
MEGA FREEDY
It's hard to criticise an author with whom I find myself agreeing with about much of what he has written. However, while I agree with many of Noel's conclusions, I disagree with the way he has reached them. Of the seeming never-ending stream of books on Pius XII (including my own!) there is always the danger of authors neglecting the rigours of historical research in order to get 'their stuff out there'. And this, I fear, is what Gerard Noel has done, even if, as he states in his introduction, that he is writing a very personal book. Personal books need to be labelled clearly - lest readers believe they are reading disciplined histories.

A cursory glance at the footnotes at the back of the book is telling. In the bibliographical notes Noel acknowledges his debt to Paul Murphy, author of the 1983 biography of Sr Pasqualina Lenhert entitled 'La Popessa'. His debt is considerable. Of the 548 footnotes 257 involved quotes or references to 'La Popessa' - 47% of all cited material. This has created an overwhelming dependency on one source; and a very questionable source at that. Lenhert's presence in the Vatican was resented and loathed by most of the male curia, often with good reason. Her acerbic memoirs need careful contextualisation alongside other memoirs from other eye witnesses. Curiously Harold Tittmann, FDR's 'man on the scene' makes only a passing reference to her, as do other contemporary diarists such as Monsignor Domenico Tardini and later Cardinal Tisserant. Pasqualina was not a mover and shaker of Vatican politics. Her utter selfless devotion to Pius created a situtation of co-dependency where she saw herself as an extension of him. But, this takes me into the realm of psycho-history which is more theory than fact; entertaining perhaps, but not history.

When one examines the other sources Noel uses, the picture becomes even more distorted.

The Vatican Archives opened the Germany files for 1922-1939 to public inspection in 2003. I am not sure why Noel has not availed himself of this valuable resource. If only to balance or critique Pasqualina's pre-war memoirs. Even if he was unable to use that resource, there remains the published record of Acts and Documents of the Holy See during the Second World War (1965-1981) which earns 2 mentions - disturbing if, as it appears, Pasqualina's recollection of the war-time papacy of Pius is to be believed without too much question. My impression of the woman is fairly negative; I tend to sympathise with Cardinal Tisserant! Certianly Pasqualina's back-door exit from Rome in mid-October 1958 after Pius' death showed she had no friends in the Vatican.

Pius XII was a complex man. He was a diplomat in a role that demanded a risk-taker and an unambiguous speaker. He was an ascetic with a vision for the Catholic Church that may have begun solidly grounded in Catholic history and theology, but ran afoul of the hubris of human frailty. His failure is not his alone, it rests upon the whole Catholic Church and the centuries of triumphalist theology that led it to believe it was the only sure path to heaven. For the persecuted Christians of Europe during the war this was scant consolation; for the dying Jews it was another burden of desolation. That John XXIII could turn the whole institution on its head in five short years speaks volumes that the Church needed a new way desperately. Again, for both Christians and Jews this was indeed good news. Noel's analysis of Pius' mindset through the war years is well-constructed, but needs the additional material of recognised scholars and archive material(much of it already available) in order to dispel any notion of fantasy or fabrication. Mother Pasqualina was a devoted housekeeper, a woman of great energy and force of will; but, she was not historian and no theologian.

Despite these criticisms, I do believe Noel has written a very interesting personal 'take' on Pius XII. And if the book is read as a personal reflection on a very complex and, in some cases, very disturbed and disturbing man, the reader will come away with a greater appreciation of the difficulty confronting historians of this period.
Venemarr
The book is difficult to read and follow.
Venemarr
The book is difficult to read and follow.
This book was riddled with inadequacies, dramatizations and often lies from rather poor sources most of which are second or tertiary. In other words, do not bother with this unless you really just hate Pius XII, who by the way, saved thousands of Jews.
This book was riddled with inadequacies, dramatizations and often lies from rather poor sources most of which are second or tertiary. In other words, do not bother with this unless you really just hate Pius XII, who by the way, saved thousands of Jews.