A story of two men of unusual moral courage from Eric Peters at ericpetersautos.com:
Well, technically, one bishop and a cardinal. But the point made by both – separated in time by more than 80 years but nonetheless contemporaneous in righteousness – is the same.
The Bishop of Munster, August Von Galen, dared to publicly point the finger at the thugs running Germany in the 1930s, accusing them of doing exactly what they were doing. Which was killing off the “undesirables,” as defined by the thugs who controlled Germany.
Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Mueller has just done essentially the same. He accuses the thugs who are bent upon running everything of doing exactly what they are doing. Which is using the pretext of an intractable sickness to “bring people in line” for the sake of “total control.”
Which is understandable. Because it is hard to say so when it seems no one else wants to say so.
When there are costs for saying so.
An ordinary German who said so back then ran the risk of ending up exactly where the “undesirable” people ended up, back then. It is why so many ordinary Germans said nothing and thus became complicit, even if it ran contrary to their inclinations. Bravery takes guts. The willingness to brave the consequences.
It is probable that Bishop Galen was afraid of those consequences, too. Only a fool is not afraid of that which could lead to harm. But only a fool believes he can evade being harmed by not being brave.