There are individuals today who are bewildered by the coverups of the Catholic Church and its pedophiles. Their belief in an “infallible” and pious Church makes them question whether the pedophile controversies are an attack on the Church or the persecution of the Church for individual agendas. But the Church has a long history of the perversion of the scriptures and the coverups of evil. The pedophile controversies are just a continuation of a Church that confronts evil through subterfuge and through secrecy.
The Americas, specifically the Latino parts, were founded by the Catholic Church on its quest for riches at the expense of Native Americans who stood in their way. The Catholic Church used bastardized religious doctrine to savagely abuse the “savages” they attempted to convert into Catholicism. It was all done under the guise of religious teachings to force Native Americans into Catholic servitude. That the Native Americans provided slave labor and allowed their lands to be plundered for the benefit of the Church was just part of the bastardization of religion.
The latest pedophile scandals in Philadelphia has been met with the time-honored and well-honed Catholic Church public relations engine that ignores direct questions, insulates leaders and issues empty mea culpas for past sins with promises to “reform” for the good of the Church. The public relations engine has proven its ability to manipulate the faithful into believing the Church is “sorry” for its evil behavior even though the evil remains entrenched in the Church bureaucracy.
The reason the Church can weather the numerous controversies is because the news media fails to offer context and individuals tend to focus on the now instead of the history of evil. The Pennsylvania pedophile scandal feels isolated to the overall Church because the history of an abusive Church has no context in today’s discussion. People have forgotten history and thus today’s scandal has no historical context demonstrating long-term problems in the Church.
Take for example the history of the Church and Nazi Germany.
On July 1933, Pope Pius XI and Hitler signed a concordat, or treaty, whereby the Church promised not to get “political” if Hitler allowed the Church to be a church in lands taken over by the Nazis.
The context of the “treaty” for world events is that the agreement gave Hitler an air of respectability because it was the first international agreement Hitler signed. The Church argued that the “treaty” allowed it to avoid Hitler’s persecution while Hitler used the agreement as proof that his quest was honorable for the world.
The Church gave credibility to Hitler because Hitler argued that the Catholic Church “supported” his mission to eradicate the Jews, even though that was not implicitly written into the agreement. For the world, the Church did not oppose the politics of Hitler.
It was a pact made with the Devil, himself.
Before then, Pope Pius XI had condemned the persecutions of Catholic priests in México during La Cristiada, or the Christero War between 1926 and 1929. War had broken out between the Mexican government and Catholic Christians when the Calles Laws were imposed by the government. The anticlerical laws were created to wrestle control away from the Church and return it to government control.
In 1929, the American ambassador brokered an agreement between the Mexican government and the Catholic Church where the Vatican recognized the Mexican government’s authority. Although many Cristeros continued the fight, they did so without the authority of the Vatican.
The Church abandoned the Cristeros.
Pope Pius XII not only continued where Pius XI left of with Hitler, but also remained officially silent on Hitler’s Jewish genocide. Pius XII not only passively supported Hitler’s regime but effectively allowed Jews to be murdered.
Had the Church’s part in Hitler’s atrocities been only about passively allowing them to happen, the argument could be made that it was the best the Church could accomplish – protect Catholic interests – at a time when Hitler had the power to dictate Europe’s destiny.
But that argument falls flat when ample evidence of the Church’s complicity in sheltering Nazi War criminals is brought into the discussion.
Shortly after Word War II was concluded and Hitler was dead – unable to impose any authority over the Church – Nazi War Criminals sought to hide themselves from authorities looking to hold them accountable for war crimes. The Catholic Church hid and funded the escape of many Nazi War criminals.
In one notable case – Catholic Bishop Alois Hudal, who was a “Nazi-sympathizing rector,” according to a rebuttal from the Catholic News Agency (“Claims of papal help for Nazi war criminals ‘verifiably false’”; April 16, 2012, no author) to Harvard Professor Kevin Madigan’s essay “How the Catholic Church Sheltered War Criminals” (2011) – became known as the go to priest for Nazis looking to escape.
Note how the Catholic Church’s rebuttal to Hudal’s activities, who identified him as a “Nazi-sympathizing” Church leader, tried to insulate the Catholic Church from his activities conveniently ignoring that Hudal was a Church leader.
Franz Paul Stangl was found guilty of war crimes on December 22, 1970. Stangl was arrested on February 28, 1967 in Brazil on a warrant issued six years earlier. Stangl died at the Dusseldorf prison on June 28, 1971, where he was serving a life sentence for his crimes against humanity.
Stangl ended up eluding authorities for years and living in Brazil because of the help he received from the Catholic Church.
Catholic Bishop Alois Hudal had become known as the Vatican bishop helping Nazi criminals escape Allied justice among the Nazis population in hiding. Franz Stangl met with Hudal in Rome, who found him a job at a German college until Hudal could arrange travel papers for Stangl to Syria. Hudal provided Stangl his travel papers, passage and a factory job in Syria. From Syria, Franz Stangl moved to Sao Paolo where he worked in a Volkswagen factory until his arrest.
In Gerald Stenacher’s book; “Nazis on the Run: How hitler’s Henchmen Fled Justice”, Stenacher used newly released official documents to document how Nazi War Criminals were aided by the Church with the knowledge of the Church leadership to escape justice.
According to several Nazi scholars, the Catholic Church used the Pontificia Commissione di Assistenza, or the Political Aid Commission of the Catholic Church to fund the relocation of the Nazis’ running from the authorities.
There is controversy over whether Pope Pius XII knew about the Church’s role in helping Nazi criminals escape justice. Regardless, it has been documented that the Church helped many Nazis escape justice.
Whatever the justification or reasoning does not negate the complicity of the Church.
But that Church’s history on protecting Nazi atrocities serves not only as a reminder of the lack of morality within the Church leadership, as enabled by bastardized doctrine, but it is also a historical record of how the Church uses misdirection to recreate history to create the false narrative to help it navigate through the controversies.
Like the Nazi scandals, the atrocities committed against Native Americans and now, the pedophile scandals, the Church avoids taking constructive responsibility and instead allows the lack of historical context to pretend it has learned from its past to correct its wrongdoings.
The Church has not learned from the past to correct its wrongdoing, instead it has learned how to cover up wrongdoing through manipulating the narrative to fit its version of events.