US Bishop: Hitler and Mussolini Would Love Current Public School System

by Patrick Burke
February 6, 2012

The Catholic bishop of Harrisburg, Pa., has apologized for offending anyone with his recent comments that Hitler and Mussolini “would love” the public school system in Pennsylvania, because it is similar to what they sought to create in their totalitarian states.

But in a statement issued by the diocese of Harrisburg, Bishop Joseph McFadden did not retract comments he made during an interview on Jan. 24 with WHTM-TV, the ABC affiliate in Harrisburg.

The bishop made a comparison between the interests of the public school system and totalitarianism, while discussing what he sees as a lack of school choice in Pennsylvania.

“In the totalitarian government, they would love our system,” McFadden said. “This is what Hitler and Mussolini and all them tried to establish — a monolith; so all the children would be educated in one set of beliefs and one way of doing things.”

McFadden’s comments drew immediate criticism from the Anti-Defamation League and the American Civil Liberties Union – which complained that the bishop had raised the specter of the Holocaust.

“We respect the Bishop and his position in the Church.  We appreciate his commitment the education of children and the viability of Catholic schools.  However, he should not be making his point at the expense of the memory of six million Jews and millions of others who perished in the Holocaust,” Barry Morrison, Eastern Pennsylvania/Southern New Jersey regional director of the Anti-Defamation League.

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2 Responses to US Bishop: Hitler and Mussolini Would Love Current Public School System

  1. Lloyd says:

    Joe McCarthy tried to tell us a long time ago. The Communist Manifesto tells us what they want to do.

    Shudda paid attention!

    I understood what is happening and has been happening as a kid of 13 in 1952.

    We have allowed it.

  2. Robert Chester says:

    Barry Morrison is an imbecil – - the Bishop’s comments in no way degraded the effects of the Nazi Holocaust, but did illustrate with the proper education it may not have ever happened. Barry – seek immediate medical help.

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