Lonely Cold War of Pope Pius XII: The Roman Catholic Church and the Division of Europe, 1943-1950

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, May 21, 2002 - History - 321 pages
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In The Lonely Cold War of Pope Pius XII Peter Kent shows how the Catholic Church was able to continue to exist on both sides of the Iron Curtain in spite of the division of Europe after the Second World War. Although Christian democracy became increasingly influential in western Europe, the struggle to preserve the position and rights of the Church in the east was much more difficult. When east European governments, under Moscow's direction, began their offensive against the independence of the Church in 1948, the papacy found that it stood alone, with little assistance from the U.S. Kent offers a new assessment of Pius XII, extending the study of his career and papacy beyond the Second World War. He also examines the origins of the Cold War, the European perspective on American and Soviet policies, and the diplomatic role and influence of the Roman Catholic Church.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
The First Cold Warriors
11
The Roman Catholic Church in the Second World War
19
The Church and the Axis Powers
21
The Church under Nazi Occupation
33
The Church in the Balkans
45
The Church in the United States
55
The Soviet Union and the Catholic Church
67
The Catholic Majorities of East Central Europe
112
Catholics and European Reconstruction
129
The Catholic Church and the Occupation of Germany
138
The Cold War Begins
153
The Martyrdom of Archbishop Stepinac
155
Vatican Resistance to the Division of Europe
177
The Impossibility of Vatican Neutrality
191
Communist Consolidation and Catholic Division
203

The Papacy and the Second World War
74
Il Dopoguerra Neither War nor Peace 19451946
85
Papal Leadership after the War
87
Early Persecution in the Balkans
101
The Religious Cold War The Communist Offensive
217
The Religious Cold War The Catholic CounterOffensive
237
Epilogue
257
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University of New Brunswick

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