by Avro Manhattan, Copyright 1949 by Gaer Associations, Inc.
(First published in England by C.A. Watts & Co., Limited, London)
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Preface pg. 9
1. The Vatican in the Modern World pg. 13
2. The Vatican State pg. 21
3. The Vatican Power pg. 28
4. Spiritual Totalitarianism in the Vatican pg. 42
5. Religious Orders pg. 55
6. The Vatican on World Unrest pg. 65
9. Italy, the Vatican and Fascism pg. 107
10. Germany, the Vatican and Hitler pg. 138
11. The Vatican and World War II pg. 171
12. Austria and the Vatican pg. 224
13. Czechoslovakia and the Vatican pg. 251
14. Poland and the Vatican pg. 269
15. Belgium and the Vatican pg. 279
16. France and the Vatican pg. 292
17. Russia and the Vatican pg. 331
18. The Vatican and the United States pg. 362
19. The Vatican, Latin America, Japan, and China pg. 399
20. Conclusion pg. 416
INDEX pg. 423 (unavailable)
PREFACE TO THE AMERICAN EDITION
From across the great land mass of Eurasia, Russia---the bastion of Communism, equally dynamic in its struggle to build up new political structure---is challengingly waiting for the tumbling of the old pattern of society, confident that time is on her side.
At the same time, the Catholic Church, seemingly preoccupied only with its religious tasks, is feverishly engaged in a race for the ultimate spiritual conquest of the world.
But whereas the exertions of the U.S.A. and of the U.S.S.R., are followed with growing apprehension, those of the Vatican are seldom scrutinized. Yet not a single event of importance that has contributed to the present chaotic state of affairs has occurred without the Vatican taking an active part in it.
The Catholic population of the world----400 millions----is more numerous than that of the United States and Soviet Russia put together. When it is remembered that the concerted activities of this gigantic spiritual mass depend on the lips of a single man, the apathy of non-Catholic American should swiftly turn to keenest attention. His interest, furthermore, should increase when he is made aware that the United States is intimately involved in the attainment of both the immediate and the ultimate goals of the Vatican.
These goals are:
1. The annihilation of Communism and of Soviet Russia.
2. The spiritual conquest of the U.S.A.
3. The ultimate Catholicization of the world.
Do these goals seem fantastic?
Unfortunately they are neither speculation nor wild and idle dreams. They are as indisputable and as inextricably a part of contemporary history as the rise of Hitler, the defeat of Japan, the splitting of the atom, the existence of Communism. Indeed the inescapable alternative by which mankind today is confronted is not whether this will be the American or the Russian Century, but whether this might not after all become the Catholic Century.
Surely, then, the nature, aims and workings of the Catholic Church deserve some scrutiny. The American citizen, perturbed by the past, bewildered by the present and made increasingly anxious about the future, would do well to ponder the exertions of the Vatican in contemporary American and world politics. His destiny as well as the destiny of the United States, and indeed of mankind, has been and will continue to be profoundly affected by the activities of an institution which, although a church, is nonetheless as mighty a political power as the mightiest nation on the planet.
------------Avro Manhattan London, 1949