Something that popped up in the comments. The Catholic Church signed up to the Concordat with the Nazis. This shows that the Catholic Church therefore supported the Nazis.
Well, I think there’s a little bit of projection going on there. Worth recalling that New Testament bit about give unto Caesar really.
And there’s obviously the realpolitick point that an organisation attempting to care for its flock has to come to some accommodation with the de facto (and in hte case of the Nazis, de jure) government of the day.
But allow me to pose the question slightly differently. The German Church did indeed say that yes, you’re the government: but it’s still wrong to kill the mentally feeble you know.
The current English Church says that the Abortion Act really is the law of the land but it’s still wrong you know.
Do we therefore say that the Church is complicit in abortion? And why is it that what the English Church currently says something that produces spitting rage in a certain segment of the population: usually, that same segment that the Concordat produces the same spitting rage in?