GERMANY: Open Warfare

The Rt. Rev. the Bishop of Mainz, Ludwig Hugo, stated last week that within his diocese:

1) No Catholic shall become or remain a member of the National Socialist (Fascist) Party of Adolf Hitler upon pain of being denied Holy Communion.

2) No member of the Hitler party shall be allowed to participate in Catholic funerals or other services of the Church.

Various German editors applied to these prohibitions various epithets: ". . . Medieval ukase . . . savor of the Dark Ages . . . quite logical ....

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