Ronald J. Rychlak is interviewed today by ZENIT on his new book, Righteous Gentiles: How Pius XII and the Catholic Church Saved Half a Million Jews from the Nazis:
Q: How is this book different from those that have previously defended Pope Pius XII? What new information does it reveal?
Rychlak: In Righteous Gentiles I directly respond to arguments made by the critics of Pope Pius XII and the Catholic Church during the Nazi era. I generally tried to avoid doing that in my last book—Hitler, the War, and the Pope—because I wanted to lay out the facts chronologically and just as they happened.
Philosopher Michael Novak, author of the foreword to Righteous Gentiles, pointed out that over the past five years there have been so many books and articles that set forth arguments against the Church that a book responding to them had become necessary.
That's what I have tried to do with this book: address each and every argument that has been lodged against Pope Pius XII and the Catholic Church during the Holocaust.
As for new information, the first chapter of Righteous Gentiles sets forth 18 new pieces of evidence that have come to light in recent years. Each one casts a positive light on Pius XII and the Catholic Church.
The book also discusses Pope Pius XII, the Germany clergy and other rescuers from nations throughout Europe. Those topics have not, for the most part, been discussed in other recent pro-Pius XII books.
Read more (second item, "Pius XII as a 'Righteous Gentile'").