The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg is being criticized for saying Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini would love the country’s public school system because it teaches all children one set of beliefs.
Bishop Joseph P. McFadden made the remark while advocating for school vouchers during an interview last week with Dennis Owens, an anchor with WHTM-TV (ABC27).
Bishop of the Harrisburg Diocese, Bishop Joseph P. McFadden, sparked outrage after making a remark referencing Hitler and Mussolini while advocating for school vouchers during an interview last week with Dennis Owens, an anchor with WHTM-TV (ABC72).
“In totalitarian governments, they would love our system,” McFadden said to during the interview. “This is what Hitler and Mussolini and all those 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 words sparked outrage from the area chapter of the Anti-Defamation League and a rebuke from the legislative director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania.
In an email sent to The Patriot-News on Wednesday, McFadden said he didn’t mean to cause offense and that he was not trying to trivialize the Holocaust. The Catholic church recognizes the Holocaust as an atrocity against humanity, he said.Continue Reading on www.pennlive.com