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the Christian conservative faith
of the Third Reich's top leaders
in their own words !
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of the Nazis' Roman-Catholic leadership

After reading this page, you will understand why the Roman Catholic Church regularly threatens liberal Catholics with excommunication and the like, while rarely doing much of anything to curtail the writings and/or activities of conservatives in their church, no matter how outrageously immoral their behavior.

Catholic & Nazi hierarchy

While this page deals with the Roman-Catholicism of many of Hitler's associates in the top leadership of the Third Reich, it is building upon the foundation that I laid in my page about/Hitler's-conservative-Catholic-faith, a good example of which is the following quote :
        "The national (i.e. Nazi) government will maintain and defend the foundations on which the power of our nation rests.  It will offer strong protection to Christianity as the very basis of our collective morality.  Today Christians stand at the head of our country. . . .
        I pledge that I never will tie myself to parties who want to destroy Christianity . . .  We want to fill our culture again with the Christian spirit.  We want to burn out all the recent (prior administration's) immoral developments in literature, in the theatre, and in the press – in short, we want to burn out the poison of immorality which has entered into our whole life and culture as a result of liberal excess during recent years." (i.e. during the Weimar Republic)  (from Hitler's "My New Order" Radio Broadcast on July 22, 1933 . . .The Speeches of Adolf Hitler, 1922 – 1939, Vol. 1.  pp. 871 – 872, Oxford University Press, London, 1942)
        Throughout the Third Reich, no matter how savagely the many prominent R. C. Nazi leaders acted, their standing as "good Catholics" was never challenged publicly by their church's leaders until defeat or death had removed those Nazi Catholics from power!
        The leadership of the Nazi regime was a virtual Catholic men's group, a chapter you might say, of the Knights of Columbus or Knights of Malta.

[ from http://www.secularhumanism.org/library/fi/paul_23_4.html ]
Nazi Leaders

the largely Roman-Catholic leadership
of the Nazi regime was in lock-step
with its fellow R.-C. leader :

Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, Josef Goebbels, Reinhard Heydrich, Heinrich Müller, Rudolf Hoess, Julius Streicher, Fritz Thyssen (who bankrolled the Nazi' rise to power), Klaus Barbie, and Franz Von Papen were all Roman Catholics, as were the heads of all of these NAZI countries : Leon Degrelle of Belgium, Emil Hacha of Bohemia-Moravia, Ante Pavelic of Croatia, Konrad Henlein of Sudetenland, Pierre Laval and then Henry Petain of Vichy-France, and the R.C. priest, Msgr. Josef Tiso, of Slovakia, (who was never defrocked even after the demise of the Nazis).
        Although these were among the most visible Catholic lay people in their countries at the time, did Pope Pius XII excommunicate a single one of them? NO. How can anyone say that this pope did "all that he could", when he failed to take this obvious measure so as to make it clear to the millions of Catholic faithful who were enabling the Nazis to carry out their campaigns of mass murder, not only against Jews, but against their fellow Catholics in Poland, that they should have no part in these monstrous of crimes and most mortal of sins? Apologists for Pius XII who claim that their crimes caused these people to be "automatically excommunicated" miss the point that excommunication isn't intended to tell GOD who is a Catholic and who isn't but to tell THE FAITHFUL whom to shun.

The R. C. fascist dictators
of the 20th Century 1

( one of whom was a Catholic priest in good standing with
his church before, during and even after the holocaust ) :
  • Belgium's Leon Degrelle
  • Bohemia-Moravia's
        Emil Hacha
  • Croatia's Ante Pavelic 3
  • Germany's Adolf Hitler
  • Hungary's Ferenc Szálasi2
  • Italy's Benito Mussolini4
  • Slovakia's Fr. Josef Tiso5
  • Spain's Francisco Franco
  • Sudetenland's Konrad Henlein
  • Vichy-France's Pierre Laval
  • Vichy-France's Henry Petain

Note 1:
       The list of heads of state above was originally compiled by a Hugo Borreson, from Virginia, but thanks to information that I learned from Catholic critics, in Oct. of 2008, I removed some names from that list, as - for various reasons - they did not belong on it, such as Augustin Voloshin, Miklos Horthy, Engelbert Dollfuss, Andrej Hlinka and Anton Koroshec This list features only Catholics who headed the Nazi "axis" nations during the World War II era.   Although the Portuguese fascist dictator Salazar - who spent 8 years preparing to become a priest - was a sympathetic ally of the Nazis, his nation never formally joined the Axis nations.
        For a more complete list of Roman Catholic dictators around the world see Note 6 below.

Note 2:


[ the R.C.C.'s effort to insure
insure that this R.C. Fascist
leader of "Iron Cross", and
the person most responsible
for the mass-murder of most
of Hungary's Jews,spend
his eternity in heaven
! ]

Note 3:

After quickly eliminating the relatively few Jews in their country, the Roman Catholic leaders of Croatia unleashed such mindless fury on their other non-Catholic neighbors that even their German Nazi allies were appalled.

See CatholicArrogance.Org/  CroatianHolocaust.html or wikipedia.org/Ante_Pavelic.



Note 4:

Although Mussolini had turned against his church in his earlier adulthood, he and Pope Pius XI became close allies in the 1930s and 40s.
Note 5:
Hitler & Tiso
Hitler with the Nazi head of Slovakia

Note 6: A more complete list of Roman Catholic dictators around the world would need to include Ngo Diem of Vietnam, Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, the Duvaliers of Haiti, and a whole litany of Catholic dictators in the many countries of Latin ( i.e. Roman Catholic ) America.

Efraín Ríos Montt (president of Guatemala from 1982 through 83) was one of the few mass-murdering dictators of Latin America who was NOT a Roman Catholic. He was a minister of the ultra-conservative Pentecostal "Church of the Word" based in California and one of the many conservative, "anti-communist", Christian dictators supported by the Reagan administration.

Note 7: I didn't determine the religion of all of the people in question by digging them up from their graves and demanding to see "their papers". What I did was Google their names, together with words like "Catholic", "Protestant", "Christian", or "Lutheran", to find worthwhile information on the www. Since I was brought up in that period myself, I know how difficult it was to escape the religion of one's youth. What is perhaps most note-worthy about the subjects of this website is that no matter how monstrously they behaved, none of them managed to get themselves excommunicated by those who had the power to do it, either their pope or their bishops!
        Ever since the defeat of these monsters, their church has been trying to distance itself from them. But, what good will it do to undertake that process now, when the monsters are powerless? The time when it would have achieved its purpose was when they were at the height of their power, and the Roman Catholics of Europe might well have been moved to oppose these monsters, instead of following them?

Map of Nazi Europe

the Roman Catholics in Nazi Germany's Leadership :

Among the many Nazi leaders who were Roman Catholics, in addition to Adolf Hitler, were Josef Goebbels, Heinrich Himmler, Reinhard Heydrich, Heinrich Müllerv and Rudolf Hoess, (not to be confused with Hitler's Deputy Fuëhrer and secretary, Rudolf Hess below).   Hermann Goering, on the other hand, had mixed Catholic - Protestant parentage, while Rudolf Hess, Martin Bormann, Albert Speer, and Adolf Eichmann had Protestant backgrounds.  Not one of the top Nazi leaders was raised in a liberal or atheistic family.

To be sure, the Roman Catholic Church wants to distance itself from all of these monsters now, but it made no attempt to do so at the time, when it could have made a tremendous impact. We only know of two individuals that Hitler killed personally: his wife Eva Braun, and himself. To kill ten million other people, Hitler needed millions of helpers, like the guards photographed below by the 2nd in command at Auschwitz, where an average of 6,000 Jews were being exterminated every day.  He didn't get those helpers from some planet like Mars. He found about two thirds of them in the pews of the Protestant churches and the other third in the pews of the Roman Catholic churches,



The clergy all knew how much Hitler needed all of these helpers and how mad it would have made him if they were to tell the millions of their sheep how horribly sinful it was for them to have any part in the Jewish Holocaust. And the pope himself deliberately chose not to inform the consciences of his German subjects. As Lewy reported,
       "When Dr. Edoardo Senatro, the correspondent of L'Osservatore Romano in Berlin, asked Pius XII whether he would not protest the extermination of the Jews, the Pope is reported to have answered, "Dear friend, do not forget that millions of Catholics serve in the German armies. Shall I bring them into conflicts of conscience?" The Pope knew that the German Catholics were not prepared to suffer martyrdom for their Church; still less were they willing to incur the wrath of their Nazi rulers for the sake of the Jews whom their own bishops for years, had castigated as a harmful influence in German life. . .   The failure of the Pope was a measure of the Church's failure to convert her gospel of brotherly love and human dignity into living reality."
        (The Catholic Church and Nazi Germany, p. 304 )

For much more on the collaboration of leaders
of the Catholic Church with the Nazis, check out

a group of R.C. leaders
at the opening ceremonies
of the Nazi Party congress

Nazi Leaders-2

from left to right Joseph Goebbels, Robert Ley, Heinrich Himmler, Victor Lutze (the only non-Christian), Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler and Julius Streicher. (Nuremberg - June 9, 1938)

"Hitler, Goebbels, Himmler and most members of the party's "old guard" were Catholics", wrote M. Frederic Hoffet. "It was not by accident that, because of its chiefs' religion, the National-socialist government was the most Catholic Germany ever had. . .  This kinship between National-socialism and Catholicism is most striking if we study closely the propaganda methods and the interior organisation of the party. On that subject, nothing is more instructive than Joseph Goebbel's works. He had been brought up in a Jesuit college and was a seminarian before devoting himself to literature and politics. . .  Every page, every line of his writings recall the teaching of his masters; so he stresses obedience. . .  the contempt for truth. . .  "Some lies are as useful as bread!" he proclaimed by virtue of a moral relativism extracted from Ignatius of Loyola's writings..."
        Frederic Hoffet: "L'lmperialisme protestant" (Flammarion, Paris 1948, pp.172 ss).

religious statements
made by famous
Christian Nazi leaders :

Why weren't Hitler and the
other top R. C. Nazi leaders
ever excommunicated ?

Why don't Catholics ever ask why their church never excommunicated any of the German Catholics who directed the Jewish Holocaust, i.e. Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, Josef Goebbels, Reinhard Heydrich, Rudolf Hoess, Julius Streicher, Fritz Thyssen, Klaus Barbie, or Franz Von Papen, all well-known Roman Catholics, as were all of these heads of other Nazi states: Degrelle of Belgium, Pavelic of Croatia. Laval & Petain of Vichy-France, Fr. Josef Tiso of Slovakia?

Catholics say "just because you were born and/or baptized into a church does not make you "a Catholic or Christian". But it does, in man's eyes - which is what you and I are, and what all these people were. What people are in God's eyes we humans can't claim to know. If any church wants to claim only high quality members as "genuine, "  then, it shouldn't count untested infants or adults as members, as the R.C. church does, and it should instantly excommunicate those revealed to be unfit. And instead of boasting of having "over a billion members", maybe it should claim closer to "a dozen" !

Pope Pius XII was quite happy to wield his powerful excommunication tool shortly after World War II to dissuade Italian Catholics from even joining the Communist Party, which was very popular in their country at the time.
        In 1955 Pope Pius XII himself proved how effective a tool excommunication could be when he used it on the Argentine dictator, Juan Peron for jailing several priests and nuns who had objected to his abusive rule. In just three months Peron's regime collapsed and he had to flee the country in fear of his life, (although he returned to the presidency in 1973).
        Actually, Germany Catholic bishops did insist that membership in the Nazi Party was incompatible with membership in the Roman Catholic Church, prior to the year 1933.


When the Nazis went from just having horrendous ideas to gaining the power in 1933 to act on those ideas, virtually all public resistance to the Nazis by the R.C. church authorities ceased. Throughout the 12 year Nazi reign of terror, not one of the multitude of Nazi leaders who were Roman Catholic ever committed a crime against humanity monstrous enough to get himself publicly excommunicated from his church!
        Even after the Nazis were defeated and no longer posed any threat to the pope, the Vatican, or the Catholic Church anywhere, did Pope Pius XII allow the Vatican to be used to protect thousands of Catholic war criminals such as the above to escape punishment for their war crimes? YES. Whose side was the pope on?
        Here are some of the more infamous war criminals the Vatican did its best to protect from prosecution by the victors of World War II:

  1. Adolf Eichmann, "the architect of the Holocaust", ,
  2. Alois Brunner, referred to as his "best man" by Eichman,
  3. Dr. Josef Mengele, "the Angel of Death",
  4. Franz Stangl, commandant of the Sobibór and of Treblinka extermination camp,
  5. Gustav Wagner assistant to Franz Stangl,
  6. Klaus Barbie, "the Butcher of Lyon",
  7. Edward Roschmann, "the Butcher of Riga",
  8. Aribert Heim, Mauthausen concentration camp's "Dr. Death",
  9. Walter Rauff, believed responsible for nearly 100,000 deaths
  10. Otto Wächter, who from 1939 on, as governor of the Cracow district, Wächter organized the persecution of the Jews and ordered the establishment of the Cracow Ghetto in 1941. Wächter is mentioned as one of the leading advocates in the General Government who were in favor of the Jewish extermination by gassing and as a member of the SS team who under Himmler's supervision and Odilo Globocnik's direction planned Operation Reinhard, the first phase of the Final Solution, leading to the death of more than 2,000,000 Polish Jews. After the war Wächter lived in a Roman monastery "as a monk", under the protection of Bishop Hudal, until 1949, when he died "in the arms" of Bishop Hudal at the Roman hospital of Santo Spirito.
  11. Andrija Artuković, "the Himmler of the Balkans"
  12. Ante Pavelic, head of Catholic Croatia, arguably the most murderous regime in relation to its size in Axis-occupied Europe.

one Nazi leader
who was excommunicated:

In 2008, an internet apologist for Pius XII who calls himself "Tribunus" described this web page of mine as follows: "Your highly unoriginal and mendacious information is simply a regurgitation from your own black propaganda web-site," and proceeded to inform me that Pius XII had in fact excommunicated some of the above.  When pressed, he could give me only one example. Here's what I learned, after a minute's research, about that one example :

"From 1940, the Belgian Roman Catholic hierarchy had banned all uniforms during Mass. On July 25, 1943, in his native Bouillon, (the head of state) Degrelle was told by Dean Rev. Fr. Poncelet to leave a Requiem Mass, as he was wearing his SS uniform, which Church authorities had strictly forbidden. For assaulting, beating up and sequestering the priest, Degrelle was excommunicated. The excommunication was later removed after confession by the Catholic chaplain of the Walloon Assault Brigade when it became clear that the unit was to be engaged on the Cherkassy front line." ( so as to avoid his being sent to hell if he should die in battle with this unforgiven deadly sin on his soul)

[ from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%A9on_Degrelle ]

It is obvious from this episode that the Catholic Church's position was in effect "torture and kill all the Jews you like, but don't you dare put a finger on one of our own priests."

one Catholic who is proud
of sharing his faith
with "top Nazi leaders

        After reading this web page of mine, one good Catholic wrote to tell me : Date: Sun, April 27, 2008
"I really did not know that.  It has made me very proud to be a Catholic.
Kind Regards.
Pat O'Callahan"

my idea of fellow members
Catholics can to be proud of:

Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, the officer who came closer than anyone to removing Hitler with a suitcase bomb was a devout Roman Catholic. God bless him, that was a truly heroic way of giving his life for his country.

Gordon Zahn was a Catholic social scientist who went to Germany in the 1970's in search of evidence of heroism on the part of Roman Catholics. What he found and eventually wrote about was quite the opposite of what he had hoped to find. Among other findings was the fact that there were only seven known cases of "conscientious objectors" among Catholics during the entire Third Reich. Thanks to Zahn's writing about one of these, one of these was beatified in 2007, and I have published a page about a hero his church won't canonize, because his lonely heroism is a perfect illustration of the truth of the prophet's cry, "Where there is no vision, the people perish".

Check out the joke
- which view as a "book" -
called The Myth of Hitler's Pope

One of the main thrusts of "Rabbi David Dalin" - whose main income seems to be as a professor at an ultra-conservative Roman Catholic institution they call "Ave Maria University" is an attempt to shift blame for the Nazi Holocaust from the Catholic Pope in Rome to the Muslim Mufti in Palestine.  Although the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin el-Husseini, may well have been a more willing collaborator of Hitler's than was the Pius XII - and therefore more culpable morally -, how crucial to Hitler's diabolical mission was the Mufti's support?

I don't know how many Muslims there were in Germany to be moved by the Mufti to embrace the Nazi agenda, but my reading tells me that some 98% of Germans were either Catholics or Protestants.  Allowing for the Jews, the Jehovah Witnesses, the atheists and agnostics, the "Bolsheviks" that Hitler claimed were under every bed, how many of the balance were Muslims?  Compared to the number of Catholics and/or Lutherans who helped Hitler by rating out their neighbors, sharing their church records to help the Nazis distinguish Christians from Jews, filling the ranks of the millions of people needed to serve as police, soldiers, sailors, airmen, train operators, guards, executioners, crematorium operators, etc., etc., how many Muslim followers was the Mufti able to persuade to do Hitler's bidding?  The answer, of course, is only a tiny, insignificant fraction of the number of Christians who did the bidding of their Nazi Catholic and Protestant leaders.  
        See our extensive refutation of many of the other pathetic arguments in Rabbi Dalin's book at CatholicArrogance.Org/HitlersPope.html.

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