Deacon Nick Donnelly, founder of the suppressed blog Protect the Pope reflects on the D-Day anniversary and asks has the EU institutionalised evil by choosing to kill innocent human beings as a solution to social problems?


As one of the victorious Allies of the Second World War the UK has been celebrating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings on the beaches of Normandy. Every family in the country was touched, to various degrees, by the sacrifice required by our engagement in a total world war against the evil of Nazism and the Axis powers. During the war one of my granddads, Joseph Donnelly was killed in an accident in Barrow-in-Furness Ship Yard and a great-aunt and her daughter, Elizabeth and Sheila Redman, were killed in the bombing blitz of Barrow.


As I watched the D-Day ceremonies at Sword Beach I asked myself the question, “As a country have we lived up to the sacrifices our families made during the war?” To me, it seems that on many fronts our country and other countries of the European Union have betrayed their sacrifice, increasingly having more in common with the policies of Nazi Germany – the enemy they gave their lives to defeat.


We rightly celebrate the defeat of Hitler and his evil empire because it meant that UK, US and Russian troops liberated the survivors of the Extermination and Concentration Camps and prevented their continuance. Between 1933 and 1945 the Nazis had murdered 6 million Jews, and 5 million other nationalities in these camps. Those perpetrating the extermination of the Jews attempted to both hide and justify their appalling crimes by using language to de-humanise their victims, labelling Jews, gypsies and Slavs Untermensch, meaning ‘sub-humans’.


Between 1967 and 2014 the UK has killed 6 million babies through surgical abortion. Abortionists likewise attempt to hide their crime against humanity by medically de-humanising unborn babies by labelling them foetuses or uterine content.


The Nazis’ used industrial-scale crematoria in their extermination camps to dispose of the bodies of their millions of victims. It has recently been revealed that some NHS Trusts have incinerated the bodies of babies killed through abortion in so called ‘waste-to-energy’ furnaces to heat hospitals. Channel 4’s Dispatches programme discovered that at least 15,500 aborted babies were incinerated by 27 NHS trusts to heat hospitals over the last two years alone.


The Nazis also ran a euthanasia programme called Aktion T4 that murdered 270,000 people because they suffered from disability, heredity diseases or long-term sickness. Over the last 20 years the numbers of babies killed through abortion because they have Downs Syndrome has trebled, with three babies with Downs killed every day in the UK. In 2012, 2,692 babies were condemned to death by medical abortion for being disabled.



The war against the Nazis had universal support because it was popularly recognised that their leaders and regime were evil. The difference between the Allies and Axis powers was that we recognised the inalienable human rights of individuals. The Nazis’ institutionalised evil by choosing to kill innocent human beings as a solution to social problems. In the 1960’s UK society choose to go down the same path by legalising the killing of unwanted babies. In the 1990’s we legalised experimentation on embryonic human beings, and unlimited abortion of babies with disabilities. We have to ask ourselves, if in deciding that the human rights of unborn children would not be protected by the law, have we descended to the level of Hitler and the Nazi criminals?


During the Nazi regime only a couple of German bishops spoke out against the atrocities against the Jewish people or against the Nazis’ euthanasia programme. Two prominent opponents of Nazism were Cardinal von Faulhaber, the Archbishop of Munich, and Blessed Cardinal von Galen, Bishop of Münster.


During Advent 1933 Cardinal von Faulhaber delivered a series of sermons in the heartland of National Socialism that challenged Nazism and demanded the protection of the Jewish people. In response to the atrocities against the Jewish people and rumours of the ‘Final Solution’ Cardinal von Faulhaber ordered yellow armbands with the Star of David to be placed on all the statues of Christ and Mary throughout the Archdiocese of Munich.


In response, the Nazis’ raided Cardinal von Faulhaber’s palace, breaking the windows, and shouting ‘Take the traitor to Dachau’. The Nazis’ also discussed plans to murder Cardinal von Faulhaber and on three occasions the Gestapo confiscated copies of the cardinal’s sermons and destroyed them.


Blessed Cardinal Von Galen, the Lion of Munster, was the first to publically expose the Nazis’ secret euthanasia programme, Aktion T4 in a series of homilies condemning the Nazi reign of terror, including his denouncement of the Nazis’ concentration camps. Blessed Cardinal Von Galen warned, ‘Woe betide mankind, woe betide our German people , if the divine commandment “Thou shalt not kill’, which God our Creator wrote into man’s conscience from the beginning, if this commandment is not merely violated but the violation is tolerated and remains unpunished!’ He concluded that it was the duty of Catholics to resist the taking of human life, even if it meant losing their own lives.


As a consequence of his public and very vocal opposition to the Nazis’ euthanasia programme local Nazi officials sought permission for his arrest and execution. He was placed under house-arrest in 1941, with the expectation that he would be executed once the Nazis’ won the war.


Making the comparison with these two German bishops who spoke out against the evil of the Nazi Holocaust and euthanasia programmes, which bishops in our own days stand out as prominent opponents of the murder of babies through abortion in Ireland and the UK? What are the names of bishops who have been relentlessly pilloried in the media or ridiculed in the Dáil Éireann or House of Commons for protesting the murder of babies through abortion? I can’t even think of one!


When we stand before Our Lord Jesus Christ, and He says, ‘I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was sick and you looked after me, I can imagine Him also saying, I was unborn and you protected me. What will you answer?

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