By Peter Eisner
Drawing on untapped assets, specific interviews, and new archival examine, The Pope’s final Crusade by way of Peter Eisner is an exciting narrative that sheds new gentle on Pope Pius XI’s valiant attempt to sentence Nazism and the rules of the 3rd Reich—a campaign that may have replaced the process global struggle II.
A stunning story of intrigue and suspense, illustrated with 16 pages of archival pictures, The Pope’s final campaign: How an American Jesuit Helped Pope Pius XI's crusade to prevent Hitler illuminates this spiritual leader’s bold but little-known crusade, a non secular and political conflict that may be derailed via Pius’s XIs dying quite a few months later. Peter Eisner unearths how Pius XI meant to unequivocally reject Nazism in a single of the main unheard of and revolutionary pronouncements ever issued by means of the Vatican, and the way a gaggle of conservative churchmen plotted to avoid it.
For years, purely components of this tale were recognized. Eisner bargains a brand new interpretation of this historical occasion and the strong figures at its middle in a vital paintings that offers considerate perception and increases arguable questions impacting our personal time.
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Ledóchowski assigned two Jesuits—one would be Gustave Desbuquois, who LaFarge had met in Paris, the leader of the French Jesuit social organization, Action Populaire. The other, Ledóchowski decided, was to be Gustav Gundlach. “The two Guses,” as they became known, were discreet and both had prior experience in preparing such documents. Ledóchowski knew both men’s work and also knew they could be controlled. Charming though he might have been, Ledóchowski effectively used his skills to oversee the project.
Finally it was LaFarge’s turn to enter; the pope must have used some silent buzzer to signal the secretaries that he was ready. This was to be a private meeting with the pope. LaFarge stood up nervously. “I was shown into the pope’s study by myself entirely,” LaFarge wrote. ” LaFarge stood for a moment before Pope Pius XI, the 258th successor to St. Peter, and then bent to the carpet to kiss the pope’s shoe. Pius motioned him to rise and take a seat before his desk. LaFarge looked around the room.
Ambassador to Italy, William Phillips. Roosevelt had chosen Phillips for the post in 1936, an interesting and important choice. He graduated from Harvard University in 1900, three years ahead of Roosevelt and a year before LaFarge. Phillips stayed on at Cambridge for three more years attending Harvard Law School. There was no indication that LaFarge and Phillips knew each other. If Phillips and Roosevelt weren’t friends at Harvard, they became close in 1910 when Phillips married Roosevelt’s second cousin, Caroline Astor Drayton, an heir to the Astor fortune.
The Pope's Last Crusade_ How an American Jesuit Helped Pope Pius XI's Campaign to Stop Hitler by Peter Eisner