That completely destroys the Catholic complaints against Mohammed, the figures of the Reformation, and all the great “Church-troublers” of the past.
It also knocks the bottom out of complaints against Nero or Hitler - for they too belong to the past, & doubtless had excellent reasons for the unpleasants activities that have made them memorable.
I think Pope Urban II and the other Popes who called for Holy Crusades knew more of Christ’s Will than any of us who live today.
Oh ? Is the Holy Spirit dead or retired or something ?
If we are not in a position to judge unfavourably - then neither can we judge favourably. Which makes it impossible to blame or to praise. This is downright subjectivism - which Catholics (I thought) did not like much. It’s worse than subjectivism - it’s a totally amoral position, as it implies that moral judgements form no part of Christian ethics. This totally devastates anything remotely resembling a recognisably Christian position.
The Crusades were about love. To die for Christ as He died for us! There are crimes committed in every war but the idea of the Holy Crusades was no crime.
*]1. Communism is a lovely idea too, but it’s killed millions. But fewer maybe than Christianity.
*]2. Living for Christ is far harder than dying for Him - and for sinful man to kill & murder in the Name of a God of Love, is no ordinary crime, but an extreme perversion of the Gospel of Christ - which is the Gospel of a Kingdom of Righteousness & Peace & Truth; not of tyranny, lies, treachery & murder.
*]3. So that kind of argument merely degrades Christianity to being yet another deceitful & treacherous - & all too obviously man-made - ideology.
*]4. Setting no higher standard for Christians than for anyone else trivialises both moral evil & Christian faith. And it is a flat denial of the words of Christ, who told His disciples that their righteousness must exceed - not match, but exceed - that of the scribes and Pharisees.[/LIST]