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“Scapegoating Pope Pius XII”
Holy Cross Magazine arrived today, and I was happy to scan its pages. There are two upcoming events in the calendar which drew my attention: the lectures on Nov. 16 regarding the Shoah and on Nov. 20 on the Jesuits and the Jews.
I hope someone will raise the sad specter of the scapegoating of Pope Pius XII at either or both of those lectures. A number of Crusaders, including myself, were most fortunate to be able to travel to Rome during the 1950 Holy Year, and have fond memories of seeing and hearing that beloved pontiff. Allegations of his “silence” and indifference toward the fate of the Jews persist to this day certainly in the mainstream media as well as in the local Museum of Tolerance.
Don't just take my word for it. Pick up a copy of Consensus and Controversy (Paulist Press, 2002) by Sister Margherita Marchione, emerita professor of Italian language and literature at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Bill Loughlin ’51
It was with a certain sadness that I read the fall issue of Holy Cross Magazine. First, the noted passing of Ray Dooley ’72 was a loss for those who continue to aspire for positive social change. Ray was a passionate believer in social justice, and was a campus leader in opposition to the Vietnam War in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Ray helped to make Holy Cross a place where we were forced to examine openly America’s then current foreign and domestic policies as they related to peace and justice, as well as our own College’s role in that war as a Catholic institution. Secondly, I was also saddened to read of the apparent lack of serious dialogue at the College regarding the war in Iraq, and the apparent destruction of a display of opposition to the war. As a college that continues to promote itself as a Catholic, liberal arts, Jesuit educational institution (with a ROTC program and a Crusader as a mascot), one would expect the College to examine actively its role in this current war. Times certainly have changed, and, apparently, not for the better.
Michael O. Duane ’73
East Montpellier, Vt.
UPDATE: “The Gift of Wine”
Auction history was made on Nov. 18, 2006: Bidders in New York City and, as far away as Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Hong Kong and Singapore, participated in Sotheby’s auction of 14,000 bottles from the world-renowned wince cellars of Park B. Smith ’54 (HCM, fall ’06 issue). One lot of the 50 cases of legendary 1982 Château Mouton Rothschild sold for a record-setting $1,051,600. The sale brought more than $5.3 million, exceeding expectations and benefiting Holy Cross.