From a reader:
Is there an official teaching of the Roman Catholic Church on national socialism, hitlerism and white supremism?
Several people near our community think that ultra-conservative, ultra-radical-“rigthwing” neo-nazism (with a hint of sincretism and perennialism) is the ultimate christian political conviction.
I have a hard time believing that true Christians can think that way.
I don’t recall a recent statement explicitly condemning NEO-Nazism. I am not sure there has to be one, either. There are many references to the horrors inflicted on the world by Nazism scattered through the writings and allocutions of Popes before, during, and after WWII. The same goes for Communism.
You could look at Pius XI’s mighty letter Mit brennender Sorge to get a sense of what the Church thinks of Nazism.
Whoever exalts race, or the people, or the State, or a particular form of State, or the depositories of power, or any other fundamental value of the human community – however necessary and honorable be their function in worldly things – whoever raises these notions above their standard value and divinizes them to an idolatrous level, distorts and perverts an order of the world planned and created by God; he is far from the true faith in God and from the concept of life which that faith upholds.”
I think people sometimes forget that just because an encyclical was issued a long time ago that doesn’t mean that it isn’t still part of the body of teaching of the Roman Pontiffs.