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By Fr. Richard Heilman, Roman Catholic Man, June 26, 2020

“The Church is dying because her pastors are afraid to speak in all truth and clarity. We are afraid of the media, afraid of public opinion, afraid of our own brethren! The good shepherd gives his life for his sheep.” -Robert Cardinal Sarah

Fr. Bill Peckman writes:

Two names have been on the forefront of my mind in the past few days: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Clemens Von Galen. Both were churchmen during the rise of Adolf Hitler in Germany. Bonhoeffer was a Lutheran minister and Von Galen was the Catholic Bishop of Munster in Germany. Both saw a bad moon rising which would both destroy their homeland and would turn their homeland into a geographical serial killer which would be awash in blood. Both were despondent at the silence or complicity of their brother clerics in the face of National Socialism. Both took very public and dangerous stands against Hitler, knowing it could very well cost them everything. Von Galen knew that Hitler very much intended to do to the Catholic Church what he had done to the Jewish population. Bonhoeffer knew that were Lutheranism allowed to exists at all, it would a puppet of the state. Both figured it was better to die a free man than live a long life in cowardice or complicity. Bonhoeffer was one of the last executions ordered by Hitler as the Soviet Army neared the bunker. Von Galen died soon after WWII was over, having seen his worst fears about his country realized. ….

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