The Catholic British historian Paul Johnson is unquestionably a joy to read. However, despite being a firm critic of Marxism and Communism as well as even some aspects of liberalism and the Whig Narrative of history, Johnson, nonetheless, has some strong neoconservative streaks. While not a neocon puppet like Victor Davis Hanson, Johnson nonetheless has a decided Anglo and Americancentric view of history and is not afraid to create crude caricatures of nasty premodern cultures like Japanese Bushido when they surface in the 20th century, getting the way of Anglo-American world dominance.
I just came across an interesting comment in Johnson’s most famous work, Modern Times in which the historian, who by all accounts is a devout Catholic, wrote that the “greatest single crime in history” was “the extermination of the European Jews.”
This passage reminds me statements made by John Paul II to the same effect.
When visiting Auschwitz in 1979, John Paul referred to the mass executions of the Nazis as the “Golgotha of the Modern World.”
These statements made by Johnson and Pope John Paul II affectively say that the Holocaust is either worse than or just as bad as the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
The Holocaust then is not merely the “ground zero” of the new philosophy of postmodernism and deconstruction (yes, I know they begin the 19th century with Nietzsche and the Russian nihilists), but the new theology as well.
The new theology of nonjudgmentalism, open borders, anti-discrimination, and tolerance peddled by Pope Francis is rooted in the belief that the worst thing to ever happen in human history was not the crucifixion of Christ for the sins of man, but rather the killing of large numbers of the Jewish people at the hands of an authoritarian regime.
Thus the new ethics of this new theology is the destruction of authoritarianism and the eradication of the Western civilization on which Nazism grew like the tumor.
While there is a clear connection between the theology of Pope Francis and the holocaust, it is unclear why Johnson would make such a statement.