This seems like a nice, fraught time to post A. M. Golden’s comment in the last Open Forum, especially since he broaches the controversy over the Roman Catholic Church’s relationship with Nazi Germany and its efforts (or lack of them?) in support of Jews during the Holocaust.
Here is A.M.s Comment of the Day:
The Catholic Church signed a Concordant with the German government agreeing not to get involved in politics (something I’m sure every progressive in the U.S. has wanted for years and would heartily endorse) in return for the Germans agreeing not to interfere with the Catholic instruction of youth. This was an agreement that the Nazis grudgingly complied with for a limited time before finally interfering whenever they wanted.
Yet…the Catholics objected to converted Jews being discriminated against because the Nazi racial theories still considered them biologically Jews regardless of their religious persuasion. Many German Protestants had the same concern. There were also many who risked their lives to save Jews due to their religious convictions – spurred by their minister or priest’s teaching.
There were ministers and priests that preached against the T4 Aktion – the Nazi euthanasia program – that killed mentally and physically disabled children and adults.
Yet…today the Catholic Church is vilified for “not doing enough” to help the Jews, even though evidence exists that the Pope arranged for Jews to be issued certificates stating they were Catholic so they could emigrate to Brazil, that the churches of Rome had been ordered to hide Jews and that there were Jews being hidden within the Vatican itself.
So…ministers and priests should not endorse a particular candidate, but to demand that they avoid encouraging parishioners to vote or to stay away from issues that have political elements to them…and so many social issues today have political elements to them…is to essentially make churches nothing but feel-good places where no wisdom is imparted, no moral or ethical struggles can be resolved and to prevent them from practicing a real faith at all. They all become Kamala Harris’ preferred form of judge: not taking their faith seriously.