Vatileaks: 1940 German Euthanasia Program for the Mentally-Ill Met With Almost Complete Acquiescence from German Catholic Hierarchy. Looking at the German Hierarchy's Collaboration with the National Socialists, the Russian Orthodox's Hierarchy's Cooperation with the Communists, and the American Hierarchy's Collusion with the US Government's Americanist Ideology, No Wonder the Murder of the Unborn has Gone on for Half a Century in this Country. High Level Academics and Psychologists Actively Cooperated. Nazis believed Militant Church Would Have Shut Down the Program.
|Geo-Political "Prudence" Trumps Moral Outrage.|
"Never Again." Yea, Right.
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By looking at pp. 44-46 (of the pdf) of the recently uncovered CIA declassified document detailing the interrogation of Albert Hartl, an apostate priest who joined the German National Socialist Party in 1933, you will find an insider's account of the inaction and acquiescence of the German Catholic Hierarchy, along with the Papal Nuncio, in regards to Hitler's gassing of the mentally-ill, beginning in 1940. In other parts of this document, you can read the disheartening description of the spying that was done by priests, bishops, and monks on fellow Catholics to the German Secret Police. Granted many of these were apostates who had left the Church and the priesthood, BUT MANY WERE NOT. Many were members of Catholic faculties, religious instruction institutes, monasteries, and chanceries. Just as Pope Pius XI's Concordat with Hitler's Germany in 1933, signed for the pope by Cardinal Pacelli (the future Pope Pius XII) ---- granted this was in the last years of the Weimar Republic --- seemed to allow Catholics to lend their support to Hitler's government -- indeed, Hitler apparently believed that he would not have remained in power with this concordat with the Catholic Church --- it was the Catholic Church hierarchy's relative inaction and quietude with regard to the gassing of the mentally-ill which removed an obstacle to the Nazi's implementation of the plan. The reading of this section is difficult and heartrending. Surely the same can be said about the response of the bishops in 1969 to 1973 when abortion was being legalized in the United States. The reason given by Hartl for this inaction --- which surprised the government -- and this relative lack of opposition was because of the political "prudence" of the Church in its attempt to maintain contact with all the sides in the conflict of WWII (ie., the Western liberal democracies, the Soviet Communists, and the National Socialists and the Fascists) and, yet, not ally the Church with any of these, either officially or unofficially. I understand that the ship of state of the Catholic Church had to be steered between Scylla and Charybdis and the Cave of the Cyclopes, however, when an intrinsic evil and injustice was being done to the most vulnerable to keep silent was surely a matter of cowardice and pusillanimity, and let us say, slavishness to the State, which the clergy decide to "obey." Bishop von Galen's sermon was ineffective because he included talk of the euthanized including wounded war veterans, which did not strike the average German as something even the nutsy Nazis would do. From Herr Hartl's account, it does not seem like the gassing of the mentally-ill stopped until the collapse of the Third Reich in 1945.
I don't know what else to say.