and do so shrewdly. Naivete is unbecoming to the wise Christian.
Politicians on both sides of the aisle historically "tickle the ears" and court those who can give them power. Political leaders court interest groups, the strong, intellectuals, and elites. Mussolini courted the Roman Catholic Church. Hitler promoted neo-pagans but apparently despised them.
"There is no getting away from the facts: to many in the Church Mussolini and Fascism were an attractive option. We may even include Pope Pius XI amongst these, at least for the first decade or so of Fascist rule. To these men the sacrifice of Catholic political freedom in Italy was worth it if it brought the Church security and stability. Many were no strangers to nationalism either. The episode of Bl. Cardinal Schuster of Milan praising the invasion of Ethiopia in 1935 as being a great Italian adventure and a great Catholic crusade are emblematic of this strand of thinking."
The Church, Mussolini, and Fascism
Mussolini and the Roman Catholic Church