Saints of Lent: The Lion of Munster

Sunday, March 26, AD 2017

Lent is a grand time to confront evil, both that evil which stains our souls, and the evil external to us.  Throughout the history of the Church there have been saints who risked all to bravely confront the popular evils of their time.  This Lent on each Sunday we will be looking at some of those saints.  We began with Saint Athanasius.  Go here to read about him.  Next we looked at Saint John Fisher.  Go here to read about him. Last week we looked at the life of Saint Oliver Plunket.  Go here to read about him.  This week we turn to the Lion of Munster.

The Nazis hated and feared Clemens August Graf von Galen in life and no doubt they still hate and fear him, at least those now enjoying the amenities of some of the less fashionable pits of Hell.  This Lent, I am strongly encouraged by the story of Blessed von Galen.  I guess one could come up with a worse situation than being a Roman Catholic bishop in Nazi Germany in 1941, and confronting a merciless anti-Christian dictatorship that was diametrically opposed to the Truth of Christ, but that would certainly do for enough of a challenge for one lifetime for anyone.  (Hitler privately denounced Christianity as a Jewish superstition and looked forward after the War to “settling accounts”, as he put it, with Christianity in general and Roman Catholicism in particular.)

Priests who spoke out against the Third Reich were being rounded up and shipped off to concentration camps.  What was a bishop to do in the face of such massive evil?  Well, for the Bishop of Munster, Clemens von Galen, there could be only one answer.

A German Count, von Galen was from one of the oldest aristocratic families in Westphalia.  Always a German patriot, the political views of von Galen would have made my own conservatism seem a pale shade of pink in comparison.  Prior to becoming a bishop, he was sometimes criticized for a haughty attitude and being unbending.  He was chosen Bishop of Munster in 1933 only after other candidates, no doubt recognizing what a dangerous position it would be with the Nazis now in power, had turned it down.  I am certain  it did not hurt that he was an old friend of Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli, the future Pope Pius XII.

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Mark Shea and the Brownshirt Smear

Thursday, February 9, AD 2017

As Mark Shea continues his sad journey to the looney left, he has developed the habit of calling those who disagree with him Nazis or seeking to associate them with Nazis.  A case in point:

Austrian Nazis to attend inauguration…at the invitation of Catholic congressmand Steve King.

God’s Name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you, Mr. King.

This will be today’s thing for Catholic Trump supporters to defend instead of the unborn and the Faith.

And so it will go for four long years.

Or you could just stop defending every filthy thing Trump and his toadies do and say and get back to defending the Faith and the unborn.

Go here to read the comments.  I was imagining brown shirted and lederhosen clad Austrian legions goosestepping through downtown Washington.  I was crest-fallen to learn that Shea was actually referring to the Austrian Freedom Party.  Founded by a Nazi in the 1950s, it is a rather conventional center-right European party.  Except for their opposition to immigration, the Freedom Party would on our political spectrum be moderate Democrats, and about as much Nazis as the members of a Rotary Club in our country.

Austin Ruse in a post at Crisis tells what happens when he pointed this out to Shea:

 

I recently came under a blog-swarm (though not on blogs rather on Facebook), but the swarmers were mostly bloggers who I will not name except to say they fashion themselves as Über-Catholic Defenders of Francis-Destroyers of Nazis-Creators of the One True Church of Pro-Life-and-Wrath of the Old Guard.

I forget exactly how it began except with a Facebook post nitpicking something Donald Trump had done. Never Trumpers still sit in the caves of the Pacific with their field glasses trained on the enemy and whenever Trump does even the littlest thing they judge to be wrong they shout, “See, see, we told you” or “Isn’t it interesting that Trump would (fill in the blank).”

In this situation I usually prefer to ask a question and have the unhappy fellow defend the silly nitpicking. But, in this case, from out of nowhere, The Thing That Used to be Catholic Apologetics lumbered through the underbrush and grunted “So do you defend Trump meeting with Nazis?” or something to that effect.

So, here we have Trump meeting with actual goose-stepping Nazis? I had to admit I had missed that and had to inquire, “Huh? Wuh?”

“So you defend Trump meeting with Nazis?”

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  • The course divisions of Austrian politics have since the beginning of the 20th c. been between Catholics, Socialists, and a ‘third force’. The third force during the interwar period was a miscellaneous collection of parties of which the largest was the Pan-German People’s Party. During the Depression, pan-German parties in central Europe were consumed by Nazi sentiment quite rapidly. It happened in Austria, in Danzig, in German Bohemia and the Sudentenland (much as Germany itself was between 1929 and 1933). After the war, Austria’s conventional camps re-assembled, including the 3d force (sporting it’s more conventional pre-Depression inclinations). Huge blocs of the population in Germanophone Europe had belonged to one or another Nazi organization – the Nazi Party itself, the Waffen SS, the Hitler Youth, or the more informal clubs for which Kurt Waldheim and Elisabeth Noelle Neumann were raked over the coals. So, you had quite a mess of people in the post-war period who had shady pasts joining the Freedom Party. The Freedom Party itself was not remarkable in its advocacy. It doesn’t seem to occur to Shea that anyone old enough to have joined the Hitler Youth would now be 86 years old.

  • The specific person Shea complains about is Hans Christian Strache, who was born in 1969 and has never had any Nazi affiliations. The Freedom Party’s signature for 20 years or more has been Euroskepticism. Maybe Shea thinks Nigel Farage is a Nazi.

  • Deliver us, O Lord, from the wrath of Mark-who.

  • To make it funnier, Mark recently linked that crisis magazine piece again with the words,

    or rationalizing the fact that Trump seeks ties with Austrian Freedom Party, an ethnonationalist party literally founded by a Nazi (and invited its head to the inauguration) is a stain and nothing but a stain on the honor of the Church.

    By that logic I guess all Christians are really Jews since Christianity was founded by a Jew, eh?

    It’s almost comical how sloppy he’s gotten in his thinking. He’s clearly never left protestantism, instead just replaced “sola scriptura” with “sola pope-a” and “sola Shea” – with a side dash of “sola bumper-stickeras.”

  • I’m sure that Winston Churchill would have been decried as Hitler in his day, that is if Winston were alive today.

  • Hmmm, Pope Benedict, way back when, was part of the “Hitler Youth”? Mark S ever complain about that?

  • I am sorry that I have nothing positive to say about Mark Shea. Giving this man publicity only worsens his unstable mental condition.

  • LQC: People need to know.
    Is Trump meeting with Mark Shea?

  • Father Jerzy Popieluszko and Saint John Paul II have been forgotten by academia.

  • Mark shouldn’t be listened to or referred to at this point. He is spiritually dangerous. He sins and advocates sin through slander and lies, and he boldly does what he has condemned others for doing. He misrepresents people and puts words in their mouths to justify his attacks and calumny. And he is grossly inconsistent, condemning or excusing and downplaying good or bad, right or wrong, blasphemy and immorality or orthodoxy depending on his personal opinions about the individuals in question. That is, if Mark likes you, you can pretty much advocate even the worst and most vile evils imaginable, but he’ll downplay, excuse or dismiss it. But if Mark doesn’t, you can agree with Mark and he’ll still find purpose to condemn. That is a dangerous person to have as a representative of the Faith, and it does the Church no credit that so many leaders and known voices for the Faith lift him up and cheer him on. Mark’s entire ministry has become a very near occasion of sin, and thus should be avoided at all costs. He needs our prayers, as do those who lift him up to buttress their own sins, and those who are led to sin by his methods.

  • Dave Griffey,
    Your description of Shea sounds a lot like our pope! Remember when Bergoglio compared Trump to Nazis after the inauguration? No wander Shea’s had a love affair with Begoglio since day one. Well said.

    Nate Winchester,
    I’ve often said that Protestant converts like Shea never really converted to Catholicism, just a Protestant Church with sacraments. The book “Forming Intentional Disciples” is a good example of this dangerous phenomenon.

  • Nate-
    There’s actually a much better case that all Christians are Jews– don’t we have a Jewish Mother?

    We’re all carpenters. 😉

  • It is hypocritical for those on the Left to insinuate Nazi sympathies in the Trump camp as their precious over-privileged collegiate youth squads reenact Kristallnacht in protest against free speech. How explain the violence in response to Trumps election? As the devils are cast out of the body politic, they writhe and shriek.

  • When everybody with whom Mark-who disagrees is a Nazi, nobody is. Rejoice and be glad when they shriek “Nazi” or “racist.” You are winning.

  • Remember when Bergoglio compared Trump to Nazis after the inauguration?
    Steve D.

    Nope, I recall no such thing. I do remember there was a lot of Fake News outlets claiming such a thing. Yet when I examine the reports for Pope Francis’s own words, I find that he didn’t mention Trump at all.

    Pro tip: The New York Times is not your Magisterium, Christians.

May 10, 1933: The Debate Was Over

Saturday, May 10, AD 2014

A huge Nazi book burning was held in Berlin 81 years ago on May 10, 1933, the opening act of nation wide book burnings in some 34 university cities and towns organized in Germany by the German Students Association and the Nazi Party.  Thousands of university students eagerly chucked into the bonfire some 25,000 volumes written by authors considered subversive by the new Nazi regime, which covered most of Western thought before the new era that the Nazis thought they were making for mankind.  The young in Germany, by and large, tended to be the most enthusiastic followers of the Nazis, particularly students in institutions of higher learning.  Many of them seemed to enjoy having a leader to follow blindly, no longer having the hard work of sorting truth from falsehood on their own.  Ideologies that combine certainty, action, violent rhetoric, scape-goating  and a charismatic leader provide an easy escape in this Vale of Tears from concerns of morality, justice and self-criticism, and that is often attractive for people of all ages, but especially for the young who usually lack the experience to readily recognize when a bill of goods is being sold to them.

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  • Todays charismatic leader;

    “America is not a Christian nation but one of many beliefs.”

    “Change America can believe in.”
    “You can keep your existing health plan.”
    “We will draft a conscience clause within the mandate (HHS).”
    “I am a Christian.”

    No book burnings..yet, however the History channel I am told, is the next best thing. Our family doesn’t use cable or dish services since 2001. I know…the odd ones. No commercial messages from the screen for thirteen years has been a huge blessing. More time to help neighbors. 🙂

  • “He who would be the greatest among you must be the servant of all.” Hitler confined his “all” to the Germanic race, excluding all other people. Hitler would not be comfortable in heaven with Jesus Christ, the Jew, Saint Peter, James and John.
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    Hitler also believed in “Ice Cosmology”, that the super race came from outer space by means of a space ship that was circling the earth filled with frozen people. Could be, but the fact still remains (redundant redundancy) that these super men from outer space came to earth to find and to follow Jesus Christ…and to serve all, for this is eternal life. There are still some Nazi believers, who grow their ego to megalomania without recourse to Justice, human Justice and Divine Justice.
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    How did the Nazis think (oh they chose not to think) they could debate their adversaries without indulging in their adversaries convictions? So, they burnt their adversaries. Even people from outer space have some sense of propriety. People, even from outer space, thrive on Justice.
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    I have watched Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade several times and it gets better each time. I believe Sean Connery received the Oscar for best supporting actor in his role as Dr. Henry Jones, Sr. “With the Holy Grail, the forces of evil will conquer the earth.”…and We, the people will return to earth in a spaceship frozen in time to serve all.

  • Thank you, Philip, for your collection of indictments against Obama.

  • Most of the ‘books’ burned on that night were the records of the ‘Institute For Sex Research’ that was headed up by the infamous Marcus Hirschfield. The institute was actually a gathering place for sex perverts. The research that was done there was the same type of ‘research’ perverts like Kinsley and Masters and Johnson were to do years later to prove deviant behavior was not so abnormal.
    The reason why the Nazi’s burned those records was not because they were outraged at the perversions in them, they were covering their own butts. Many members of the Nazi Party were perverts and they went to the ISR for ‘treatment’. They were concerned that the data in those files might be used against them someday, so to prevent this, they got rid of them in a faked display of moral outrage. This is all documented in Lively’s and Abrams “The Pink Swastika” available from http://www.defendthefamily.com

  • The frightening thing is that one no longer need burn books. They will just disappear from our Kindles and Nooks or be replaced with “updated” editions. In the low-tech old days in the USSR when Beria fell the authorities had to send a five-page article about to every library and school to be pasted into the Soviet Encyclopedia.
    No more.

    And of course fewer and fewer books by ungoodthinking authors will be published, strictly because there is no market, of course.

  • I doubt it Thomas. The advent of e-publishing and blogs I think will make it harder than ever for any government to successfully control what their populations are able to read. In this case, technology tends to fight on the side of the angels.

  • Mary DeVoe.

    Your welcome.
    His words not mine.

    I look at him as a thought-police commissioner, not President of the great Nation called United States of America. The son of Lucifer wishes for division. He, the son, has been doing a bang up job for his father.

    Ranting again….not good.

    I’ll be before the Blessed Sacrament later today asking for a compassionate heart towards all brothers and sisters.
    God help our Nation.

  • No book burnings..yet, however the History channel I am told, is the next best thing
    Awesome Philip!
    .
    Donald do you think free speech the net will be regulated after U. N. Or so called net neutrality?

  • “Donald do you think free speech the net will be regulated after U. N. Or so called net neutrality?”

    I don’t think it will ever be regulated because technologically it is not possible unless the rulers of a nation wish to seal their country off from the internet, and even then there are ways around such attempts. The image of King Canute comes to mind whenever I read of attempts to regulate the internet.

    http://archive.wired.com/politics/security/magazine/15-11/ff_chinafirewall?currentPage=all

  • I could be totally wrong here, maybe I am, but it’s my impression that the Chi-Coms are doing a pretty good job of holding back the digital tide.
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    That’s an uninformed opinion. If I actually bothered to read the piece Donald linked, I might change my mind.
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    Then again, Vladimir Putin wants bloggers to register –like other media “outlets.”

  • ‘research’ perverts like Kinsley and Masters and Johnson

    Little doubt someone who wanted to do this research was peculiar. Little doubt also that Alfred Kinsey was addled by sexual perversions (and some of his associates as well, e.g. Wardell Pomeroy). Masters and Johnson were not admirable human beings (I think there were five marriages between them, or some such), but I am not aware that anyone alleged they were known kinkoids; there more salient problem was incompetence. It became grossly evident by 1987 that neither one had the necessary training to conduct social research, a problem they shared with Kinsey and his associates.

  • Stephen E Dalton
    „Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen. „ (“Where they burn books, they will, in the end, burn human beings too.” — Almansor, Heinrich Heine, 1821)

  • The History Channel has morphed from being, in essence, the World War Two Network to shows about a pawn shop, antiques dealers and a guy from Detroit in Las Vegas who buys, sells and customizes classic cars and motorcycles. There is no more history on History.

    The WWII stuff moved to Military History, but they produce no new programming for that network. The rest of the old history programming moved to another network.

    There is a plethora of books and movies and programs about the Nazis. The communists have escaped the same scrutiny.

  • Stephen E Dalton: Yours is a revelation. Hitler was killing homosexuals and these people were on the list by their own admission. Thank you. Good to know.

  • “The History Channel has morphed from being, in essence, the World War Two Network to shows about a pawn shop, antiques dealers and a guy from Detroit in Las Vegas who buys, sells and customizes classic cars and motorcycles. There is no more history on History.”

    That’s what happened when the bulk of the educated in this country moved out of the 25-44 advertising demographic.

  • Last night I viewed on the Public Broadcast Service an enactment of Jian Ping’s “The Mulberry Child, A Memoir of China” http://video.pbs.org/program/mulberry-child/.
    .
    Interestingly there was a powerful scene of a great book and document burning carried on by the Red Guard abd the fanatical followers of Mao Zedong during the inception of China’s Cultural Revolution. The reason for burning the books in China…according to Jian Ping it was to wipe out the old order to make room for the New Order.
    .
    MPS’ quote makes sense…to wipe out the old order, one must destroy written evidence first, then humans who recall the old ways, and are likely to resist or cause others to resist.
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    Mao Zedong’s communist cultural revolution burned the books and the humans.

  • While we are on the subject of totalitarians, City Journal last night published The Last Communist City. See http://www.city-journal.org/2014/24_2_havana.html

  • slainte: “MPS’ quote makes sense…to wipe out the old order, one must destroy written evidence first, then humans who recall the old ways, and are likely to resist or cause others to resist.”
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    Euthanasia and Common Core.

  • Thanks to all of you- I learn so much from you. It really helps me “put things together” to be a part of these discussions. I carry what I learn here to other people and I am certain these insights are all having an impact.

Buchenwald

Thursday, March 6, AD 2014

I have reported what I saw and heard, but only part of it. For most of it, I have no words.

Edward R. Murrow at Buchenwald, April 15, 1945

1944 was seventy years ago, and on this blog we will have numerous posts depicting the battles fought in the wake of D-Day up through the fall of the Third Reich.  As we recall this, I think it is also important to recall the type of tyranny that the Third Reich was, and why it was necessary to utterly vanquish it at a hideous cost in human lives.

When Buchenwald death camp was liberated, General Patton was so outraged that he ordered military police to go to Weimar, the nearest town, and bring 1000 German civilians back to tour the camp to see what their leaders had done.  The MPs were just as outraged, and brought back 2000.  Edward R. Murrow did a radio broadcast from Buchenwald on April 15, 1945 that is absolutely unforgettable.  Evil can grow so strong in this world that it has to be stopped, no matter the cost.  Here is the transcript of Murrow’s broadcast:

Permit me to tell you what you would have seen and heard had you had been with me on Thursday.  It will not be pleasant listening.  If you are at lunch, or if you have no appetite to hear what Germans have done, now is a good time to switch off the radio for I propose to tell you of Buchenwald.  It is on a small hill about four miles outside Weimar, and it was one of the largest concentration camps in Germany, and it was built to last.

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  • “They had immortal souls.”

    They are immortal souls.

  • The Patton story. So many times, generals have stumbled upon atrocities, and sent their men to round up nearby civilians – always for retaliatory execution. Patton’s reaction was profound. In a way, it was the beginning of the most amazing, multi-generational confrontation with their own history that a people have ever had.

  • “They are immortal souls.” Yes.

  • Thank God that the record has been kept. And is being shared over this blog and others.

  • Man’s inhumanity to man. Even the wild animals do not act like this, but men who have been captured by Satan.

  • Man can be nobler than angels in his sacrifice of his mortal life to save others, and be crueler than demons to other men. We are a race with boundless potential for good and evil.

  • “The lost airmen of Buchenwald” were very fortunate to have been transferred to Stalag Luft III in late 1944 – otherwise more than 13 of the 168 would certainly have died.

  • Anzlyne: “Thank God that the record has been kept. And is being shared over this blog and others.”

    .
    There are holocaust deniers. They also deny the human soul. They would enjoy the empowerment the holocaust brings to men of very little soul.

  • The Nazis were, among other things, unbelievably stupid. To look at it from this perspective, the time, talent and treasure the Nazis wasted on the liquidation of civilians is astounding. Nazi inhumanity is well documented. The world knows of Nazi evil because the United States and Great Britain liberated these terrible places of death.

    No event in history killed more people that World War II. Sadly, those who participated in the victory..and even those who remember living through that time are leaving us.

    I left out the USSR. Stalin murdered millions before Hitler got started. Stalin eagerly entered the war as Hitler’s ally and Stalin was too obtuse to believe what Great Britain told him – that Nazi Germany were going to invade the USSR.

    Man needs God. The realization that man is a sinner, that his grand accomplishments are nothing compared to God, that God is the Creator, is what keeps us from behaving worse than animals.

    I remember a line form the movie with Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino. Pacino plays an attorney who is in reality Satan. Pacino tells Reeves, “the 20th century…it was ALL MINE!”

    Sometimes even a movie gets it right.

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At Least the SS had Snazzier Uniforms

Wednesday, December 19, AD 2012

 

 

 

 

The Nazis began their death march across Europe by killing mentally handicapped Germans in an euthanasia campaign that caused the Lion of Munster, Bishop Von Galen, to preach a sermon which may be read here, and in which he made this statement:

For the past several months it has been reported that, on instructions from Berlin, patients who have been suffering for a long time from apparently incurable diseases have been forcibly removed from homes and clinics. Their relatives are later informed that the patient has died, that the body has been cremated and that the ashes may be claimed. There is little doubt that these numerous cases of unexpected death in the case of the insane are not natural, but often deliberately caused, and result from the belief that it is lawful to take away life which is unworthy of being lived.

This ghastly doctrine tries to justify the murder of blameless men and would seek to give legal sanction to the forcible killing of invalids, cripples, the incurable and the incapacitated. I have discovered that the practice here in Westphalia is to compile lists of such patients who are to be removed elsewhere as ‘unproductive citizens,’ and after a period of time put to death. This very week, the first group of these patients has been sent from the clinic of Marienthal, near Münster.

Hitler and his gang of murderers were stopped at an enormous cost, but Christopher Johnson, a non-Catholic who has taken up the cudgels so often in defense of the Church that I have designated him Defender of the Faith, tells us at Midwest Conservative Journal that the ideas of Der Fuehrer are all the rage in Europe today:

Europe descends further toward the abyss:

Belgium is considering a significant change to its decade-old euthanasia law that would allow minors and Alzheimer’s sufferers to seek permission to die.

The proposed changes to the law were submitted to parliament Tuesday by the Socialist party and are likely to be approved by other parties, although no date has yet been put forward for a parliamentary debate.

“The idea is to update the law to take better account of dramatic situations and extremely harrowing cases we must find a response to,” party leader Thierry Giet said.

The draft legislation calls for “the law to be extended to minors if they are capable of discernment or affected by an incurable illness or suffering that we cannot alleviate.”

Belgium was the second country in the world after the Netherlands to legalise euthanasia in 2002 but it applies only to people over the age of 18.

Socialist Senator Philippe Mahoux, who helped draft the proposed changes, said there had been cases of adolescents who “had the capacity to decide” their future.

He said parliamentarians would also consider extended mercy-killing to people suffering from Alzheiner’s-type illnesses.

No possibility of abuse there.  Meanwhile, the French would like their dying population to snap it up.

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  • Mercy killing? Mercy for whom?
    For the ones who can only equate life / money.

    Memories of Terri Schiavo, and her dear family struggling to gain access to be merciful. Starving Terri was much more merciful however.

    On Terri’s website, terrisfight.org a simple sentence; “Where there is Life there is Hope.”

  • Does anyone remember the name of the doctor(s) who wrote in German in the early 1900s, recommending the elimination of the handicapped, aged, and other “unfit”?

  • Donald,

    I might have known you would know. Have you read it?

    –Jonathan

  • No Jonathan I have not. I am unaware as to whether it has been translated into English.

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  • Our Pope has been steadfastly opposed to this evil. Of course, the Holy Father
    objects because euthanasia violates the basic tenets of the Faith. However, not
    many people are aware that our Pope also has a personal experience of the
    state’s tender mercies.

    By 1941, the nazis had made it illegal for families to care for their disabled at
    home. Government ‘therapists’ came to the home of our future Pope’s aunt and
    forcibly removed his young cousin, who had Down’s Syndrome. Shortly after
    his removal, the young man was euthanized by his ‘caretakers’, as government
    policy decreed.

  • Just got hit by a different shape to this horror….

    Notice the phrasing, that people can apply for permission to end their lives?

    That implies that the government has more of a right to the lives of those involved than the people themselves.

    That is… a very scary mindset. At least laws against suicide, as much as they annoy many folks, are consistent in the theme of protecting life as a sacred thing.

  • Minor chidren and the mentally and the physically disabled do not have freely formed, informed consent to give. Thereby making the law a mockery of civil rights. Assisted suicide is one murderer and one dependent victim.

  • Deep thought #6419 Those supporting assisted suicide must do it first. See how they like it.

  • I’ve yet to see a proponent of assisted suicide address what studies have shown:
    that in families where one member has committed suicide, the remaining family
    are exponentially more likely to also attempt/commit suicide at some point in
    their lives.

  • Thanks for this post and the video clips. We need to be reminded.

  • Socialists ruled in the USSR and another brand of socialists were in charge in Germany. Both were power-crazy and ruthless. The present socialists in the West are a combination of both. Evil times are ahead.

  • Mal: Truth – “Evil times are ahead.”

    Up until the moment of the Flood (Genesis), people were feastng, marrying, sowing, reaping, etc.

Von Galen Contra Euthanasia

Sunday, March 27, AD 2011

In my first post on Blessed Clemens August Graf von Galen, which may be read here, we examined the life of this remarkable German bishop who heroically stood up to the Third Reich.  Today we examine the third of three sermons that he preached in 1941 which made him famous around the globe.  One week after his first breathtaking sermon against the Gestapo, my examination of which may be read here, he preached on July 20, 1941 a blistering sermon against the Nazis and their war on Christianity in general, and Catholicism in particular, which may be read here.  On August 3, 1941 at Saint Lambert’s in Munster, he preached a third sermon which, along with an overall attack on the Nazi regime, attacked an evil that, alas, unlike the Nazis, remains with us today.

My Beloved Brethren,

In today’s Gospel we read of an unusual event: Our Saviour weeps. Yes, the Son of God sheds tears. Whoever weeps must be either in physical or mental anguish. At that time Jesus was not yet in bodily pain and yet here were tears. What depth of torment He must have felt in His heart and Soul, if He, the bravest of men, was reduced to tears. Why is He weeping? He is lamenting over Jerusalem, the holy city He loved so tenderly, the capital of His race. He is weeping over her inhabitants, over His own compatriots because they cannot foresee the judgment that is to overtake them, the punishment which His divine prescience and justice have pronounced. ‘Ah, if thou too couldst understand, above all in this day that is granted thee, the ways that can bring thee peace!’ Why did the people of Jerusalem not know it? Jesus had given them the reason a short time before. ‘Jerusalem, Jerusalem . . . how often have I been ready to gather thy children together, as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings; and thou didst refuse it! I your God and your King wished it, but you would have none of Me. . . .’ This is the reason for the tears of Jesus, for the tears of God. . . . Tears for the misrule, the injustice and man’s willful refusal of Him and the resulting evils, which, in His divine omniscience, He foresees and which in His justice He must decree. . . . It is a fearful thing when man sets his will against the will of God, and it is because of this that Our Lord is lamenting over Jerusalem.

“the capital of His race.”  What courage it took in Nazi Germany to remind people of the fact that Jesus was a Jew!  Von Galen had always been a friend to Jews, and would hide a Jewish boy, with the help of a Protestant pastor, at an institute Von Galen controlled, from the Nazis.  After his death he would be highly praised by the Munster Jewish community for the care and assistance he had shown them.  Would that all Germans had acted the same way.  It is a canard to say that all Germans hated Jews:  even with the Nazis pumping out the vilest anti-semitism imaginable 24-7 since they took power that was not the case.  However, it is fair to say that a majority of Germans were indifferent to the fate of the Jews and were unwilling to raise their voices against the Nazi persecution of the Jews.  This attitude of most of the German people is well described in the film Judgment at Nuremberg where Burt Lancaster, as German judge Ernst Janning, gives riveting testimony:

Von Galen I think realized this indifference and his sermons were meant to show Germans that the evil of the Nazis was not restricted only to people they were shamefully indifferent to.

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  • Don great series.

    A sermon, it makes the point better to the ears than the eyes. Form YouTube a reenactment.

    Catholic Sermons Defying the Nazis

    Third sermaon starts a t4:00

  • There were many courageous Catholics who raised their voices against the Nazis. Devout Catholics knew that the Nazis meant evil when in the aftermath of the 1934 assasination of Engelbert Dollfuss, they refused the sacrament of Extreme Unction to the dying man even as he lingered in his blood for hours begging them. They wished to see him off to Hell without the saving grace of the Church. No son of the Catholic Church would ever refuse a man his last attempts at Grace. But this has not prevented the Goldhagen crowd from wholesale slander of Catholics and the Church as Nazi sympathisers. Before the extermination of the Jews and Gypsies, before the widespread killing of Jews in Poland and the Soviet Union, there was the Nazi killing of the old, mad, crippled, deviants and the unintelligent. It was the Roman Catholic Church that stood consistently athwart all this, taking on all comers. Some others according to their lights sought to make exceptions for war veterans and such like, but the Church brooked no exception – euthanasia is an intrinsic evil. This story is not as well known as it should be partly on account of the embarrasment it caused to the eugenic agenda promoted by the Rockefeller Foundation. It is beyond irony that gargoyles such as Hitler who suffered from uncontrollable farting, chinless Himmler who ran like a schoolgirl, and that dead ringer for a prison snitch – Goebbels – ended up as arbiters of Nordic beauty.

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Under the Roman Sky

Monday, June 21, AD 2010

A new film, Under the Roman Sky, starring James Cromwell as Pius XII, details the heroic efforts of Pius XII to save the Jews of Rome from the Nazis, after Rome came under Nazi occupation subsequent to the fall of Mussolini following the Allied invasion of southern Italy in 1943.

Rabbi David G. Dalin, in his review of a Moral Reckoning, a tome by Daniel Goldhagen which sought to blame Catholicism for the Holocaust, details the efforts of the Pope to save the Jews of Rome:

Goldhagen’s centerpiece is the outrageous allegation that Pius XII “did not lift a finger to forfend the deportations of the Jews of Rome” or of other parts of Italy “by instructing his priests and nuns to give the hunted Jewish men, women and children sanctuary.”  Much of this is lifted straight from anti-Pius books like Susan Zuccotti’s Under His Very Windows–and thus Goldhagen repeats the errors of those books and adds extras, all his own, in his determined attempt to extend their thesis into over-the-top railings against the sheer existence of Catholicism.

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4 Responses to Under the Roman Sky

  • I may be wrong. I think Goldhagen’s and Zuccotti’s fictionalizations would be classified “calumny” and “detraction.”

  • I believe too much attention is paid to the books attacking Pius XII. Goldhagen has lied; Cornwall has lied. They are like weeds in the garden, impossible to eradicate completely. One can but let them be treated as Our Lord recommends we treat chaff. We have better things to do.

  • “We have better things to do.”

    Whatever the situation there are usually better things to do. However, responding to calumnies of this degree against Pius XII is an important thing to do. People will believe this rot unless Catholics respond with the truth, loudly, clearly and frequently.

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Grammar Nazis Attack!

Sunday, June 20, AD 2010

Hattip to commenter RL.  Content advisory as to one incident of Nazi like nihilistic violence at the end.   (Go here to view the video, as the embedding has been disabled since I drafted the post.)

Some people think it is in bad taste to use Nazis in a humorous fashion.  I respectfully disagree.  Laughing at the Nazis is one of the best ways to remember them on the ash heap of history.  Too often they are given almost demonic status as avatars of evil which is precisely the wrong way to remember them.  I agree with the late Werner Klemperer, a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany who served in the US Army during WW2.  Decades after the war he would play the bumbling Colonel Klink on the television show Hogan’s Heroes.  Klemperer said that he would go to his grave happy knowing that he had helped make the Nazis look ridiculous.

Of course Hitler is not amused which is rather the point.  Content advisory:  Hitler uses extremely rough language, but what else can we expect of Hitler?

Hitler and his followers dreamed of a thousand year reich.  They believed that they were reshaping the future of all of mankind.  Ending up as the butt of humor is the worst fate that any true believing Nazi could have envisioned for his movement.

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