I was trying to research the influence Christianity had on Hitler and Nazism, when I came across this:
Frank acted as lawyer and senior official for the Nazi party and legal advisor for Hitler. He also served a tenure as Governor-General of occupied Poland for which he was convicted during the Nuremberg trials for his role in perpetrating the Jewish holocaust and found guilty of complicity in the murder of millions of Poles and Polish Jews. A former Protestant (his father was a Protestant and his mother a Catholic), he converted to Roman Catholicism after his arrest where he felt relieved at the prospect of atoning for his evil deeds.
and following this, the author mentions:
The belief that one can be saved for any atrocious act demonstrates the moral flaw of Christian doctrine.
Quotes from Hitler's Henchmen and Nazi Sympathizers
I myself am a 17 year old, and I belong to the Syrian Christian Church. Now I don't really think this issue of 'forgiving-just-about-any-sin' ever arose whenever I attended church [I was surprised actually, I'd thought the pastor would've touched that topic at some point, but apparently he hasn't), so I was kinda clueless as to where to begin. I thought of asking a few Catholic friends of mine about this, and they were like:
Well, as long as you honestly didn't realize you were doing something (terribly) wrong, and if you repent and quit doing it once you do realize it, then you'd be forgiven.
Now that may seem a little...oversimplified, but hey, we're still teenagers trying to grasp as much as possible from the Bible.
Now I don't seem to recall any direct reference to this 'ultimate absolution' anywhere in the New Testament, and as I'm not able to make any headway here, I resorted to SE.
This issue just keeps gnawing at the back of my mind.
I did read up on 'similar' questions that were asked earlier here, but none of them specify the extent to which the sins they've conjectured goes. Perhaps murdering one person would've been the limit they've envisioned; but this question deals with a far more horrific sin...the systematic murder of millions, and I'm pretty sure that might elicit a different answer. Hence a request to the Mods here: Please don't close this question, at least not yet.
I'd prefer an answer limited to the teachings of the Catholic Church towards this issue.
Now if it is true that any sin can be forgiven (In the manner as my friends have stated it); now I'm just trying to look at this from every possible (and extreme) angle, so if the following (add-on) question might seem outrageous, pardon:
Q- Having read (portions of) the Mein Kampf and coming across an endless selection of Hitler's speeches on NatGeo, the History Channel and the like, the kind of rhetoric he employs, and that too with such conviction (eg: Who says I am not under the special protection of God?) gives me the feeling that the man truly felt God 'approved' of his actions. So, assuming the man truly, truly, did not believe he was committing genocide...could someone like Hitler even be forgiven?