Pius XII and the Nazis

Since Rolf Hocchuth’s 1963 play The Deputy, there’s been an ongoing debate regarding the alleged silence of Pope Pius XII with regard to Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. On the one side, Pius is castigated for not speaking out strongly enough. Some even go so far as to suggest that he was secretly pro-Nazi, a [Read More...]

How Important is Catholic Church History?

Whenever I teach a course on Church History, I like to begin with the following quote from one of the all-time great historians, Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800-1859). In an 1840 review of Leopold Von Ranke’s History of the Popes, he said this to say about the Catholic Church’s impact on human history. Coming from a [Read More...]

Great American Catholic History Resource for Teachers

The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., has an Archives that is one of the best resources for any student of American Catholic History. The Archives has recently created an online resource for teachers to use in the classroom. They sum it up rather nicely in their website: The American Catholic History Classroom is [Read More...]