Music: Tidings

¶ The Vatican has been severely criticized in recent years for failing to speak out during the Hitler era against the persecution of Jews. But what if a Pope had issued a stinging encyclical in the late 1930s that did speak out on this issue? According to a copyrighted story last week in the National Catholic Reporter, such an encyclical was actually drafted for Pope Pius XI in 1938 by the late American Jesuit scholar John LaFarge and two fellow Jesuits. But the document was never promulgated by Pius, who died in 1939. The...

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