Parlamentarier: „Die Kirche kolaborierte mit den Nazis“ – ČeskéNoviny
Parlamentarier: „Die Kirche kolaborierte mit den Nazis“
Church collaborated with Nazis, Czech MP says, causes outrage – ČeskéNoviny.cz.
Prague – Czech Social Democrat (CSSD) lawmaker Igor Jakubcik caused outrage with his statement that the Catholic Church was an ally of Nazi Germany and approved of Jews´ murders in the Chamber of Deputies today.
„The Catholic Church did not suffer during World War Two, it was one of the biggest allies of Nazi Germany. The Catholic Church approved of the transfers and murders of Jews,“ Jakubcik said. He took part in a debate on a draft amendment by some CSSD lawmakers, which extends the deadlines for the assessment of churches´ applications for the return of property to churches confiscated from them by communists and for checking the restitution decisions. The law on restitution took effect in January 2013.
Jakubcik also said the church assisted Nazi criminals when leaving for South America after the war. Frantisek Laudat (opposition TOP 09/STAN) called on Jakubcik to make an apology. „Such a social democracy is unacceptable for me,“ he said. Government Christian Democrat (KDU-CSL) deputies Ludvik Hovorka and Jaroslav Klaska said Jakubcik´s statement is unfortunate and ill-advised.
Former justice minister Pavel Blazek (opposition Civic Democrats, ODS) said CSSD chairman and Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka also claims Catholic faith. Based on Jakubcik´s logic, Sobotka professes collaboration with Nazism. „You have two options: either to shoot yourself to death, or vote no confidence in the government,“ Blazek said. Jakubcik said later he has nothing against the current churches which he said suffered under the communist totalitarian regime.
He added he was only reacting to some words said in the debate and that what was happening during the war was a „black stain.“ Culture Minister Daniel Herman (KDU-CSL), a former priest, said he considers this a sort of apology, but not sufficiently explanatory. He added that Jakubcik´s statements about collaboration do not correspond with historical facts. …..