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Not forgetting the demons, the Saracens in the Holy Land, the English to be kicked out of France par Joan of Arc, the Protestant rectors renouncing speaking in Latin to be closer to the people (sacrilege!), the colonized natives which may not even have a soul, the...

The maxim "Kill them all, God will recognize the ones worthy of Him" has made its way.

Since the fall of the Roman empire which saw in this new faith a serious terrorist threat, it seems that Christianity has been more often on the side of those who handled the stick that those who received the blows (the working priests experiment in the 50s was short lived and Jean-Paul II condemned the liberation theology, for example). Guarantor of the order "legitimately" instituted by the rich and powerful, is the Church only bound good to flirt more or less openly with all dictatorships, ready with all compromisings?

Concordat with the 3rd Reich, fear of the Communist thrust, silence on the final solution and archives still under lock and key: the real attitude of the Vatican during WWII remains turbid.
In France, there was no ambiguity: Against the demoniac powers, the archangel Gabriel holds up his revengeful, brilliant and invisible sword. With him march the united Christian and civilized peoples to fight for their homelands, their future at the sides of the German armies declared in 1941 the cardinal Baudrillart, chief education officer of the catholic University of Paris.

God is love professed St. John. So did Marvin Gaye, by the way, but this is definitely another history...

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Let every soul be in subjection to the higher authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those who exist are ordained by God.
Therefore he who resists the authority, withstands the ordinance of God; and those who withstand will receive to themselves judgment. For rulers are not a terror to the good work, but to the evil. Do you desire to have no fear of the authority? Do that which is good, and you will have praise from the same, for he is a servant of God to you for good.
But if you do that which is evil, be afraid, for he doesn't bear the sword in vain; for he is a minister of God, an avenger for wrath to him who does evil. Therefore you need to be in subjection, not only because of the wrath, but also for conscience' sake.
For this reason you also pay taxes, for they are ministers of God's service, attending continually on this very thing. Give therefore to everyone what you owe: taxes to whom taxes are due; customs to whom customs; respect to whom respect; honor to whom honor.

Paul - Epistle to the Romans

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