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Garry Wills Erred on St. Edith Stein

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

The purpose of this blog post is to put into the public record that noted author Garry Wills erred significantly in his statement about the martyrdom of St. Edith Stein, on page 55 of his 2000 book Papal Sin: Structures of Deceit, when he wrote:

There are no reported indicators to say, “These we are killing as Jews but those as Catholics.”

On page 103-4 of Edith Stein: A biography, by Waltraud Herbstrith,1985, Herbstrith wrote:

“At Amersfoort, the retaliatory nature of the arrests became apparent. Protestant Jews and those of partly Jewish descent were quickly released, but the Catholic Jews remained under arrest, together with approximately a thousand other Jewish prisoners.”

For more background on this controversy, please see my 2009 post, and my second 2010 post on St. Edith Stein. For all of my posts on St. Edith Stein, please see the following link.

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St. Edith Stein on the Spirit

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

More from St. Edith Stein (St. Teresa Benedicta a Cruce):

We are a spiritually impoverished generation; we search in all the places the Spirit ever flowed in the hope of finding water. And that is a valid impulse. For if the Spirit is living and never dies, he must still be present wherever he once was active forming human life and the work of human hands. Not in a trail of monuments, however, but in a secret mysterious life. He is like a small but carefully tended spark, ready to flare, glow and burst into flame the moment he feels the first enkindling breath.

From Edith Stein, Edith Stein: Die Frau in Ehe und Beruf. Bildungsfragen heute (Freiburg: Herderbucherei, Bd. 129, 1963), p. 106, as quoted in Edith Stein, A Biography, by Waltraud Herbstrith (Sr. Teresia a Matre Dei, OCD), Fr. Bernard Bonowitz, OCSO, trans., Harper & Row, 1985, p. 113.

In my first post post on St. Edith Stein, I referenced Garry Wills’s earlier, bitter objection to St. Edith Stein’s canonization. I’ve recently found a factual error in Wills’s account, and will document it when time permits.

Separately, it is probably more accurate to translate St. Edith Stein’s Carmelite name as Teresa “blessed by the Cross.” See Edith Stein, A Biography, Waltraud Herbstrith (Sr. Teresia a Matre Dei, OCD), Fr. Bernard Bonowitz, OCSO, trans., Harper & Row, 1985, p. 72.

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St. Edith Stein’s Guiding Principle

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

According to St. Edith Stein (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross) biographer and former novice mistress Renata Posselt (Sr. Teresia Renata de Spiritu Sancto), this was St. Edith Stein’s guiding principle:

On the question of relating to our fellowmen–our neighbor’s spiritual need transcends every commandment. Everything else we do is a means to an end. But love is an end already, since God is love.

From Teresia Renate Posselt, Edith Stein: Eine Grosse Frau unseres Jahrhunderts, 9th ed., Herder, 1963, p. 39, as quoted in Edith Stein, A Biography, by Waltraud Herbstrith (Sr. Teresia a Matre Dei, OCD), Fr. Bernard Bonowitz, OCSO, trans., Harper & Row, 1985, p. 39.

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