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March 18, 1999
Rabbi Marvin Hier's commentary ("Hidden Encyclical Could Have Changed World," March 8) is an appeal to reason and justice. The encyclical in question, an official letter commissioned by Pope Pius XI denouncing racism and anti-Semitism, was to have been published and distributed worldwide in 1939. Pius XI died the same year and the encyclical was not published. Georges Passelecq and Bernard Suchecky, authors of a scholarly treatise on the subject, "The Hidden Encyclical of Pius XI," revealed that Pope Pius XI had been sabotaged by a cabal of Vatican conservatives including his secretary of state and the next pope, Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli (Pius XII)
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July 5, 2013 | By Henry Chu, This post has been updated. See the notes below for details.
LONDON -- Pope Francis issued the first encyclical of his papacy Friday, a reflection on faith meant to illuminate the mind of God but also revealing someone else's: Benedict XVI's. The document -- the highest form of papal teaching -- was signed only by Francis, but he acknowledged that it was based on an initial draft written by his retired predecessor, supplemented with “a few contributions of my own.” The encyclical calls on Roman Catholics not just to believe in Christ but to manifest God's “supernatural” gift of faith in church and society.
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September 25, 1993 | Reuters
Pope John Paul II, in his next encyclical, reaffirms the Catholic Church's ban on artificial birth control and homosexuality and orders liberal followers and theologians not to dispute teachings on moral issues. Extensive excerpts of the Pope's 10th encyclical, which is due to be issued early next month by the Vatican, were published Friday by the Adista Catholic news service. An encyclical is the highest form of papal writing, and Catholics are expected to follow its teachings.
OPINION
November 6, 2004
It is always disconcerting to read about Catholics who do not know their church's teaching regarding justice in the world ("Clerics Speak Out on Wal-Mart," Oct. 30). Maybe the church's bishops need to reevaluate how their teachings are communicated; or maybe the church's members need to open their ears, eyes and hearts to what the church is saying to them. The Catholic voice in the discussion of justice in society is clear and strong. Our teaching is based on God's demand for justice as recorded in the Hebrew Scriptures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 1991
Conrad repeated the allegation that Pope Pius XII turned a blind eye toward Hitler's systematic extermination of European Jewry. This allegation has been challenged by historians. Pope Pius saw how his predecessor (Pius XI) helped bring about increased persecution of the Catholic Church in Germany in 1937, with the publication of his encyclical attacking National Socialism, Mit Brennen-der Sorge-- an encyclical, incidentally, which Pius XII helped write. (Before his election to the papacy in 1939, Pius XII--as Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli--served as the papal secretary of state.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1993
The Pope's encyclical states that there is one truth and an absolute morality (Oct. 6). It rejects relativity, and in doing so rejects the possibility that people can have different opinions about what is right and wrong based on their culture and personal experiences. It appears to me that this rejects Christ's primary message of love. If we love our enemies as we are commanded, we will try to understand why they see issues differently than we do. While we may believe God is on our side, we need to understand that our enemies also believe that God is on their side.
OPINION
November 6, 2004
It is always disconcerting to read about Catholics who do not know their church's teaching regarding justice in the world ("Clerics Speak Out on Wal-Mart," Oct. 30). Maybe the church's bishops need to reevaluate how their teachings are communicated; or maybe the church's members need to open their ears, eyes and hearts to what the church is saying to them. The Catholic voice in the discussion of justice in society is clear and strong. Our teaching is based on God's demand for justice as recorded in the Hebrew Scriptures.
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March 22, 1987 | From Reuters
Pope John Paul II will publish a new encyclical on Wednesday dealing with the Virgin Mary, the Vatican said Saturday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 1995
On Thursday, Pope John Paul II issued a major encyclical that strongly reaffirmed the church's opposition to contraception, abortion, euthanasia and capital punishment and established a moral rationale by which Catholics and "all people of goodwill" should judge a wide range of decisions involving human life. Following are excerpts from that encyclical, Evangelium Vitae (Gospel of Life).
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March 31, 1995 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Pope's men came in their black robes and red caps Thursday to proclaim the righteousness of John Paul II's impassioned call for the protection of life in these insidious modern times. "This encyclical is a historic and highly significant response to grave attempts against human life," said Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, president of the pontifical council for the family.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1999
Rabbi Marvin Hier's commentary ("Hidden Encyclical Could Have Changed World," March 8) is an appeal to reason and justice. The encyclical in question, an official letter commissioned by Pope Pius XI denouncing racism and anti-Semitism, was to have been published and distributed worldwide in 1939. Pius XI died the same year and the encyclical was not published. Georges Passelecq and Bernard Suchecky, authors of a scholarly treatise on the subject, "The Hidden Encyclical of Pius XI," revealed that Pope Pius XI had been sabotaged by a cabal of Vatican conservatives including his secretary of state and the next pope, Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli (Pius XII)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 1999 | MARVIN HIER, Rabbi Marvin Hier is the founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center
As the 20th century draws to a close, Pope John Paul II is expected to journey to the Holy Land as a pilgrim to help mark the millennium. He is also expected to make a decision regarding the candidacy for sainthood of three of his predecessors, John XXIII, Paul VI and Pius XII who was the pope during the Holocaust. The latter's beatification would be condemned by many Jewish organizations and survivors of the Holocaust, including the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
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February 6, 1998 | BOB KEELER, NEWSDAY
The subject of a dry, scholarly new book is hardly bestseller material--the story behind the draft of a papal encyclical, commissioned nearly 60 years ago by a pope who did not live long enough to publish it. But the book is fueling a persistent and painful debate: Did the Vatican remain silent during the Holocaust and, if so, why?
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September 7, 1997 | EDWARD McGLYNN GAFFNEY JR., Edward McGlynn Gaffney Jr. served as the dean of the Valparaiso University School of Law (1990-97) and is currently a visiting scholar at the Pepperdine University School of Law
The publication of a document never issued by the leader who commissioned it is normally not very big news in diplomatic history. But it becomes a major publishing event when the text deals with racism and anti-Semitism, when the time of its commission was the late 1930s (when Jim Crow was the law of this land and when Nazi and Fascist racial purity laws turned toward the elimination of the Jews in the Shoah) and when it was the pope who commissioned the text.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1996 | From Religion News Service
Pope John Paul II appears to be close to delivering on a 1987 pledge that the Vatican would assess Catholic treatment of Jews during the Holocaust and church teaching that some contend fostered anti-Semitism. The tract on one of the most sensitive and complicated issues confronting the church is being produced by the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 1995 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
When Pope John Paul II this week issued a new pronouncement on Christian unity, new hopes were rekindled that the historic divisions among Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox may one day be healed. Ever since the Eastern Orthodox churches split with Rome in 1054 and Protestant churches organized after the Reformation initiated by Martin Luther in 1517, the power and authority of the Pope has been one of the single most divisive issues separating the churches.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1995 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an appeal for unity, Pope John Paul II today tells Christians that they must overcome historic divisions and strive together toward religious understanding. Even the nature of the papacy should be open to discussion among Christians as part of a good-faith attempt to narrow differences among them, John Paul says in a closely reasoned encyclical published here this morning.
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