In a shocking admission, the German Branch of the Catholic Church admitted making itself ‘complicit in the war’ by not opposing the Nazi regime. The Catholic Church was accused of staying silent over the Nazis and even bolstering the Third Reich.
The Church responds typically by defending the actions of World War II’s Pope Pius XII; but, a new report from the council of Catholic Bishops in Germany describes how they ‘made themselves complicit in the war’ by not opposing Adolf Hitler.
The report claims that Bishops did not share in the Fuhrer’s radical ideology, but they still helped support ‘both soldiers and the regime.’
Further, the report claims that thousands of Church properties were converted into military hospitals, and tens of thousands of nuns carried out their ‘duty to the fatherland’ by working as nurses.’
It states: ‘Inasmuch as the bishops did not oppose the war with a clear “no,” and most of them bolstered the [German nation’s] will to endure, they made themselves complicit in the war.
The 23-page document does not address the period before the Second World War and Hitler’s rise to power when he was appointed chancellor in January 1933.
‘The bishops may not have shared the Nazis’ justification for the war on the grounds of racial ideology, but their words and their images gave succor both to soldiers and the regime prosecuting the war, as they lent the war an additional sense of purpose.’
However, Pius’s defenders at the Vatican and beyond say that the Pope used quiet diplomacy and encouraged convents and other religious institutes to hide jews.
Regardless, on July 20th, 1933, the Vatican signed an agreement with Nazi Germany that set the parameters of the relationship with the newly formed government. The establishment of such gave Adolf Hitler respect in Germany and around the world.
The new report argues many were motivated by nationalism and anti-communist sentiment and sought to preserve the Church by avoiding a confrontation with the state.
Regardless of their defense, the Church also denounced the Nuremberg trials against leading Nazis in 1946 as an un-Christian act of revenge.
The Catholic Church did not try to stop the Nazis; they aided the German Soldiers. What the report claims regarding the accusations against the Church are similar to how the Catholic Church today is defending priests who abuse children. They’re soft on their own wrongdoings to save face.