First Topic – 50th Anniversary of the Death of Pope Pius XII
A day after the chief rabbi of Haifa-- a special guest at the Synod of Bishops-- urged Church leaders not to beatify Pope Pius XII, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican’s secretary of state, defended the wartime pontiff’s reputation in an article in L’Osservatore Romano. Perhaps no modern-day leader of the Roman Catholic Church has sparked as much controversy as Pope Pius XII, the Bishop of Rome during World War II. With exacting scholarship, Professor Ron Rychlak gives a full exploration of the background facts, including discussions of history, religion, politics, diplomacy, and military tactics. Then come ten fundamental questions about Pope Pius XII and the Nazis, which are answered with legal analysis and authoritative citation.
Second Topic – Heaven’s Song: Sexual Love as It Was Meant to Be
We journey with Christopher West into the “hidden” talks of John Paul II’s Theology of the Body—only recently discovered in the archives in Rome—and find out why the Pope himself deemed them “too delicate” to be delivered in St. Peter’s Square. With profound insight, Christopher guides us through the “unabridged” version of John Paul II’s talks on the erotic poetry of the Song of Songs and the great spiritual contest surrounding the marriage of Tobias and Sarah.