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Christianity’s Criminal History, 160

– For the context of these translations click here –   Criminal excesses at the papal court with the change of power in the Frankish kingdom Pope Stephen II, who at the decisive moment had generously granted himself the ‘Constantinian Donation’, died on 26 April 757. At his death, he left a considerably large territory,…

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Christianity’s Criminal History, 158

– For the context of these translations click here –   A month after Charles Martel died, in December 741 Gregory III, the last Roman bishop to be confirmed by the Emperor of Byzantium, also died. His successor was Zacharias (741-752). Liutprand died at the beginning of 744, after thirty-twoyears of rule. Before the death…

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Christianity’s Criminal History, 157

  The formation of the Church-State by wars and pillage ‘But be vigilant, my children, strive earnestly to take part in what we desire! For you know that he who is on the other side will be excluded from eternal life’. —Pope Stephen II ‘The struggle for Christ and the Church is assigned to the…

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Franco, 2

The Spanish Republic was supported by a revolutionary ideology heading towards communism, and during that revolutionary phase the Catholic Church suffered great persecution by the Republic. This prompted the Vatican to make the first timid attempts to break the isolation to which Franco’s Spain had been subjected in the post-war period at the same time…

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Christianity’s Criminal History, 149

– For the context of these translations click here –   From the 4th century the bishops also exercised public law functions, and in late antiquity they became ‘lords of the civitas’ (cities), and the foundations of monasteries, increasingly frequent in their cities, further increased their power. The high clergy steadily seized all possible powers.…

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Hitler’s Religion: Chapter 4

(excerpts) by Richard Weikart Many Christian leaders in the 1930s and 1940s, both within and outside Germany, recognized Hitler was no friend to their religion. In 1936, Karl Spiecker, a German Catholic living in exile in France, detailed the Nazi fight against Christianity in his book Hitler gegen Christus (Hitler against Christ). The Swedish Lutheran…

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Hitler’s Religion: Chapter 3

(excerpts) by Richard Weikart In many of his private conversations and monologues, as well as in some of his public speeches, Hitler sounded like a rationalist, using science to undermine religion. Also, he denied a personal afterlife… Hitler’s freethinking bent seems to go back to his youth and may have come from his father, who…

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Hitler’s Religion: Chapter 1

Goebbels’ Diaries Joseph Goebbels, based on his frequent and extensive conversations with Hitler, recorded numerous times in his diary that Hitler was anti-Christian and wanted to destroy the churches. A few days after Christmas in 1939, he conversed with Hitler and reported, “The Führer is deeply religious, but entirely anti-Christian. He sees in Christianity a…

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Christianity’s Criminal History, 148

– For the context of these translations click here –   St. Gregory of Tours (Louvre) When we read the History of the Franks, as amorphous as it is detailed, by Gregory of Tours, which is the main source of that period, we are surprised that the same head in which such a grotesque belief…

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Christianity’s Criminal History, 147

– For the context of these translations click here –   Ignorant, criminal on a grand scale and a good Catholic It is true that we cannot judge that epoch, an epoch of ignorant, superstitious, fallacious and bloody people, with our modern—oh so ethical—modern standards: we must not act anachronistically against history! But can we…

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