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Against Nazism & Similar Systems

When, under the pretext of combating a virus, we see local, federal and international authorities abuse their powers and infringe upon the natural rights of every person, we think of despotism. The effective suspension of almost all the rights of citizens for more than one year is a rendition of Nazi methods and an attempt to enslave the world.

This brutal abuse of authority caused us to look in the teaching of Pius XI for the condemnations Holy Mother Church made of Nazism in 1937.

With due adaptations, substituting the idolatry of the country and State with the present day idolatry of good physical health, we see that we are living in a time of religious and civil persecution.

The saddest thing about these persecutions is that they are also being endorsed by those very Pastors and Prelates who should stand firmly against them. These progressivist ecclesiastics are making common cause with the civil authorities by forbidding Catholics to attend Masses and receive the Sacraments under the pretext of avoiding contamination.

Paradoxically, they present this denial of the Mass and the Sacraments to Catholics as being the will of God - that is, noncompliance with the Commandments of God and the Commandments of the Church is supposedly justified by this phony therapy. Doing this, they are carrying out the most cruel persecution ever heard of in History, where the spiritual fathers kill their own children.

Pius XI is addressing the German Bishops and instructing them to resist Nazism.

Pope Pius XI

At a time when your faith, like gold, is being tested in the fire of tribulation and persecution, when your religious freedom is beset on all sides, when the lack of religious teaching and of normal defense is heavily weighing on you, you have every right to words of truth and spiritual comfort from him whose first predecessor heard these words from the Lord: "I have prayed for thee that thy faith fail not: and thou being once converted, confirm thy brethren" (Lk 22:32).

Take care, Venerable Brethren, that above all, faith in God, the first and irreplaceable foundation of all religion, be preserved in Germany pure and unstained. The believer in God is not he who utters the name in his speech, but he for whom this sacred word stands for a true and worthy concept of the Divinity.

Whoever identifies, by a pantheistic confusion, God and the universe, by either lowering God to the dimensions of the world or raising the world to the dimensions of God, is not a believer in God. Whoever follows that so-called pre-Christian Germanic conception of substituting a dark and impersonal destiny for the personal God, denies thereby the Wisdom and Providence of God who "reaches from end to end mightily, and orders all things sweetly" (Wis 8:1). Neither is he a believer in God.

Whoever exalts race, or the people, or the State, or a particular form of State, or the depositories of power, or any other fundamental value of the human community - however necessary and honorable be their function in worldly things - whoever raises these notions above their standard value and divinizes them to an idolatrous level, distorts and perverts an order of the world planned and created by God; he is far from the true faith in God and from the concept of life which that faith upholds.

Beware, Venerable Brethren, of that growing abuse, in speech as in writing, of the name of God as though it were a meaningless label, to be affixed to any creation, more or less arbitrary, of human speculation. Use your influence on the faithful, that they refuse to yield to this aberration. Our God is the Personal God, supernatural, omnipotent, infinitely perfect, one in the Trinity of Persons, tri-personal in the unity of divine essence, the Creator of all existence. Lord, King and ultimate Consummator of the history of the world, who will not, and cannot, tolerate a rival God by His side.

This God, this Sovereign Master, has issued commandments whose value is independent of time and space, country and race. As God's sun shines on every human face, so His law knows neither privilege nor exception. Rulers and subjects, crowned and uncrowned, rich and poor are equally subject to His word. From the fullness of the Creators' right there naturally arises the fullness of His right to be obeyed by individuals and communities, whoever they are. This obedience permeates all branches of activity in which moral values claim harmony with the law of God, and pervades all integration of the ever-changing laws of man into the immutable laws of God.

None but superficial minds could stumble into concepts of a national God, of a national religion; or attempt to lock within the frontiers of a single people, within the narrow limits of a single race, God, the Creator of the universe, King and Legislator of all nations before whose immensity they are "as a drop of a bucket" (Is 11:, 15).

Pius XI, Encyclical Mit Bennender Sorge March 14, 1937


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Posted May 22, 2021

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