This is a fascinating quote, and even though I don’t think it should be too hard to figure out who wrote it, I’ll toss it out there as a Guess Who anyways. [Update: John H. correctly guessed G. K. Chesterton.] The general topic is the question of whether Hitler was Catholic. Here goes…
In short, [Bismarck] set up a new Protestant Empire, to dwarf and depose the old Catholic Empire; and Hitler is his heir and his executor. These things can easily be shown to be facts, to anybody who knows anything of what happened before the newspapers of a few months ago. We need merely ask what Bavaria was like when it was Bavaria; before it felt the pressure from Prussia. When Bavaria was allowed to be Bavarian, all sorts of things were said against the Bavarians; that they were dreamy, that they were drunken, that they were ridiculously romantic, that they were mad on music, and so on. But nobody ever said that they were stiff or rigid or ruthless or inhuman or mad on mere official centralisation and militaristic discipline. That particular sort of cold brutality came from Prussian prestige; it could not possibly have come from anything else. And that Prussianism came from Protestantism; not, of course, in the sense that it came to infect all Protestants, or that there are not millions of good Protestants free from this error, or suffering from other errors. But it was a historical fruit of Protestantism; and that is not merely a historical fact; it can also be clearly traced as a philosophical truth. The racial pride of Hitlerism is of the Reformation by twenty tests;
- because it divides Christendom and makes all such divisions deeper;
- because it is fatalistic, like Calvinism, and makes superiority depend not upon choice but only on being of the chosen;
- because it is Caesaro-Papist, putting the State above the Church, as in the claim of Henry VIII;
- because it is immoral, being an innovator of morals touching things like Eugenics and Sterility;
- because it is subjective, in suiting the primal fact to the personal fancy, as in asking for a German God, or saying that the Catholic revelation does not suit the German temper; as if I were to say that the Solar System does not suit the Chesteronian taste.
I do not apologise, therefore, for saying that this catastrophe in history has been due to heresy.
(I do apologise, however, for formatting this author’s work in bullet-points; I’m sure he’s spinning in purgatory…)