Religion: Vatican v. the Nazis

Catholic resistance to the Nazis both inside Germany and at the Vatican waxed outspoken last week.

First the Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano published the vigorously anti-Nazi Lenten pastoral of the Most Rev. Conrad Gröber, Archbishop of Freiburg, which German authorities had suppressed. "The schism of the German people is undeniable," the prelate declared, adding that instead of bringing unity the war has made the exclusion of confirmed Catholics more evident. And then he bade his flock reject passive resignation as against "conscience and ... the example of Christ" and urged them to resist Nazi efforts to teach their children anti-Christian doctrines.

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