Cardinal Koch Dares to Play the ‘Nazi’ Card (and Well)

Cardinal Kurt Koch, the President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, has given an interview where he dares to use the ‘N’ word against German liberals. Yes, he compared their progressivist complicity to the zeitgeist to that of certain accommodating Christians to the German National Socialists, the Nazis.

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An influential Swiss cardinal at the Vatican has warned Germany’s bishops that the Church cannot merely adapt itself to the times as some Christians did in order to support the Nazis.

In an interview with the German Catholic newspaper Die Tagespost, Cardinal Kurt Koch firmly (but politely) refuted the proposal of Cardinal Reinhard Marx and Bishop Franz-Josef Bode, both delegates to the upcoming Synod on the Family, that the Catholic Church has to adjust herself more to the “life realities” of Catholics today, and liberalize its attitude toward remarried divorcees. Cardinal Marx had even declared that the German bishops will make their pastoral decisions independently of Rome.

Comparing the liberalizing bishops of today’s Catholic Church in Germany to the Protestant groups that went along with German National Socialism may strike many as arbitrary or merely rhetorically convenient, especially because the liberals generally claim an exclusive right to compare their enemies to the Nazis. However, it must not be forgotten that Nazism was never “conservative,” and was a nationalist ideology that largely stood in a continuum with the perverse and progressivist notions of German Kultur dating back to Bismarck and the 19th-Century German-Prussian progressivism that helped bring us World War I. Christian tradition had nothing to do with it. “Conservative” politics had nothing to do with it. Damnable progressivism and nationalist ideology had everything to do with it: like that of the Catholic Bishops who want a German Catholic Church that is not subservient to Rome.

Well played, Cardinal Koch. So much for Swiss neutrality.