Here We Go Again
Criminalizing Catholicism, Then and Now
Now, in The New York Times...
A secularist group’s New York Times ad, which announces that “It’s Time to Quit the Catholic Church”, ran on March 9 and billed itself as an “open letter to ‘liberal’ and ‘nominal’ Catholics.”
“Will it be reproductive freedom, or back to the Dark Ages?” it asks. “Do you choose women and their rights, or Bishops and their wrongs? Whose side are you on?” The ad claims that the church is “an avowedly antidemocratic Old Boys club” and derides Catholic teaching that contraception use is sinful. It also blames the Church for causing misery, poverty, unwanted pregnancies and deaths and attacks Catholic teaching on the ordination of women, parochial schools, and the Church’s response to sex abuse.
Then, in the Nazi Press...
Even before he'd become Pope Pius XII, Cardinal Pacelli was vilified in the Nazi press. Here he's seen consorting with a Jew to undermine the Third Reich. This appeared in Das Schwarze Korps on July 22, 1937
This ran in the same Nazi newspaper, led by the Hitler Youth. The caption reads: "If also our singing and revelry does not please the prigs and humbugs..." Notice the Catholic priest being trampled. Another popular ditty sung by the Hitler Youth and even passed out officially at the Hochland camp for the Hitler Youth at Lenggries in 1935 went as follows:
Autumn's storm blows o'er the stubble
And rages o'er fallow and mead;
A new thousand years begins for the world,
Oh, Deutschland creative, take heed.
The Pope sits in Rome on his silk-covered throne
And settled on us are his parsons.
And what, pray, has any man-jack of us all
To do with the Pope and his parsons?
Our sires were as heretics burnt at the stake
To crown the Church mil'tant with glory
The same Nazi newspaper published this anti-Catholic cartoon of a serpent priest in its Dec. 2, 1937 edition. The caption read: "The Crossed Adder forces its way into all places of rottenness and decay in the homes of all people and races, multiplies with extreme rapidity and becomes the terror of the inhabitants. Nations, unable to defend themselves against its poison, are doomed to ruin." (Taken from The Persecution of the Catholic Church in the Third Reich, 1940)
History is repeating itself. God help us all!
...The Remnant Staff