Originally Posted by Rich Olszewski
How about the the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup (where French police in Paris on 16 and 17 July 1942 with the willing participation of the French bureaucracy, police and army rounded up 13,152 predominantly non-French Jewish emigres and refugees and their French-born children and grandchildren, who were then shipped by rail to Auschwitz where they were murdered).
Those men were predominantly Catholics, though no direct blame lies on the Church for the outrage.
I don't understand this reference. What is your point? That the Church SHOULD have been blamed in some way? This was done by police (secular) with assistance of the army and French government (also secular). The religiousity or lack thereof with respect to individuals engaged in secular professions is irrelevant. The French government was neither a theocracy or promoting any religion.
Hitler at one point claimed to be a Christian too. In fact wasn't he born into a Catholic family? Given they were sent to Auschwitz it sounds like there was some affiliation with the Nazis. Why would the Church be blamed?