“Catholic Fascism: 1930s Austria”

Gerald Augustinus writes about the “clerical fascism” of Austria (which he compares to Spain, Portugal, Hungary and Croatia). He speaks of his family’s own experience, and concludes:

While the Church has benefited from the American model of separation of church and state, it had to be dragged there kicking and screaming. …

So next time someone knocks America’s “Calvinist” or “Enlightenment” ideas, institutions and so forth….think of how America kept the domestic Catholic Church “honest”, so to speak.

In previous posts, he commented on Fr. Charles Coughlin (antisemitic priest who was silenced by FDR because of his pro-Nazi radio broadcasts) and on a Richard John Neuhaus article on strange bedfellows.