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Thread #163109   Message #3888120
Posted By: Steve Shaw
12-Nov-17 - 06:51 AM
Thread Name: BS: Henry VIII - The Mind of a Tyrant
Subject: RE: BS: Henry VIII - The Mind of a Tyrant
I don't doubt the awfulness of past popes, Joe, and admit that the ones I named couldn't hold a candle to some of those medieval/renaissance guys in that regard. However, using the possible future saving of lives as an excuse for expedience doesn't wash with me. It's the same excuse that was disingenuously used to exonerate the bombings of Dresden, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. There's also the murky question of antisemitism in the Church and its part leading to the events of the mid-20th century. This culminated in Pius XII putting the interests of the Vatican before the lives of millions of Jews. He vacillated for years in the face of fascism in Italy and of the Nazis before and during the war. Bad things are done by bad men sure enough, but they usually bring a lot of institutional baggage to the commission of those misdeeds. Mussolini and Hitler played Pius XII magnificently. Anyway, back to Henry. Apologies for the diversion.