Just a quick note on something I just read in Paul Johnson’s Modern Times to which I have just returned to finish.
Johnson, in many ways a neocon hack, is an engaging writer and intelligent historian, and in Modern Times he notes that Evangelical Protestantism grew in Latin America in the 1970s and 80s precisely because the concordats between Church and state forbidding Protestant recruiting had been stripped away after Vatican II.
Thus, the effect of the Declaration on Religious Liberty was not the freedom of the Church in the modern world, but the implosion of the Church in traditionally Catholic countries that were protected by the state.
This passage in Johnson’s book also reminded me of two connections between the architects of Vatican II and their successors and American intelligence.
As David Wemhoff notes in his book on Fr, John Courtney Murray and the CIA, American intelligence attempted to put pressure on Vatican II via Fr. Murray to make the Catholic Church more liberal.
Thus American intelligence was very likely behind Dignitatis Humanae, the “Declaration on Religious Liberty.”
Furthermore, several researchers have pointed to the link between US intelligence and several Evangelical missionary organizations to Latin America.
Is it possible that Dignitatis Humanae was planned by American intelligence to damage the Church’s influence in the world and then the same intelligence groups used Protestant missionary organizations to Americanize Latin Americans, bringing them under the economic, political, and psychological control of the Deep State?
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.