On the one hand, I don't particularly object to Wistrich's comments. I don't entirely agree with them, but they are perfectly reasonable. On the other hand, I think people fail to realize what the world looked like in World War Two -- particularly early World War Two. Fascism was winning. It was the coming thing. Most European states had become Fascist to one extent or another. The Pope's job was to make sure the Church survived to keep doing what it could -- not immolate itself in futile defiance of Hitler. Now, that created some tough choices -- but we should realize they were tough choices. They only become no-brainers in retrospect. Put it this way. You're an average guy driving home -- with your kids in the car. You see a dozen thugs beating someone up. Unless you are ABSOLUTELY SURE that you would whip your car over to the curb and challenge them unaided and unarmed, I don't think you're in a position to criticize.
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