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More Black Legends: The Church, the Jews, and the Nazis

Pacelli and German Soldiers

You asked for more talks on controversial subjects in Catholic history. But you’re also supposed to be allowed a summer vacation. So, between now and summer, there’s time for four more monthly sessions. That’s not enough time to deal with all the subjects you’ve asked about, but as many as possible will be addressed.

All sessions will be held from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., downstairs in the Heiring Auditorium:

  • Tuesday, February 25: The Church, the Jews and the Nazis
  • Tuesday, March 11: The Catholics and the Orthodox
  • Tuesday, April 29: The Reformation
  • Tuesday, May 27: The Church in the Modern World

 

Bring your friends, including ex-Catholics, non-Catholics, and anti-Catholics. Questions, comments and arguments are welcome.

 

February 25: The Church, the Jews and the Nazis. Since Jesus was a Jew, when and how did we become “Catholic“? Has the Catholic Church been anti-Semitic? Has the Catholic Church been pro-Fascist? How about the Lateran Treaty between the Vatican and Mussolini? Why did Catholics support Franco? What role did Catholics play in the rise of the Nazis? Was Pope Pius XII “soft” on Hitler? What was Church policy during the World Wars? Did Vatican II change Church teaching about Judaism?

 

March 11: The Catholics and the Orthodox. What caused the split between the Catholics and the Orthodox? How do Catholicism and Orthodoxy compare today? What’s the difference between our Mass and their Divine Liturgy? Where do Catholics who aren’t “Roman” (like Maronites and Byzantines) fit in? When did “Roman” Catholic priests become celibate—and why is celibacy still expected of (most of) them today?

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