New Statesman Interview Preview: Richard Dawkins Interviews Christopher Hitchens

Fascism and the Catholic Church

RD The people who did Hitler’s dirty work were almost all religious.
CH I’m afraid the SS’s relationship with the Catholic Church is something the Church still has to deal with and does not deny.
RD Can you talk a bit about that – the relationship of Nazism with the Catholic Church?
CH The way I put it is this: if you’re writing about the history of the 1930s and the rise of totalitarianism, you can take out the word “fascist,” if you want, for Italy, Portugal, Spain, Czechoslovakia and Austria and replace it with “extreme-right Catholic party.”
Almost all of those regimes were in place with the help of the Vatican and with understandings from the Holy See. It’s not denied. These understandings quite often persisted after the Second World War was over and extended to comparable regimes in Argentina and elsewhere.

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2 thoughts on “New Statesman Interview Preview: Richard Dawkins Interviews Christopher Hitchens

  1. Pingback: Catholic Church and Other Fascists Sold 300,000 Babies, Executed 150,000 « The Age of Blasphemy

  2. Pingback: Christopher Hitchens On Religion. « Loftier Musings

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